Ice Hockey World Cup 2022 | The last great battles against Canada: grief in Prague and Bratislava and lavage
The Czech national team has already had several battles with Canada. The most memorable? Definitely semis at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and a 2: 1 win after the raids. The finals of the 2005 Vienna Championships are closely followed, where they were also played in busy teams due to the exclusion of the NHL. This year, the rivalry will write another story at the World Cup in Tampere. What did the last great battles with Canada look like, and who among the current selections remembers them?
1: 5 (0: 1, 0: 2, 1: 2)
The last battle for the finals experienced by the Czech national team. Three years ago in Bratislava, Miloš Říha’s selection showed great hockey, and he also enjoyed the homely atmosphere. Even then, he eliminated the Germans in the quarterfinals, but he was not enough for the Canadians in the battle for the finals. Tomas Zohorna in the final 1: 5. This duel was affected by three players from the current selections on each side (Hronek, Vrána, H. Zohorn – Severson, Chabot, Dubois). Dubois and Chabot even made their way through shooting.
Goals and recordings: 54. T. Zohorn (Kolář) – 6. Stone (Stecher), 21. Nurse (Couturier), 26. Dubois (Marchessault, Stone), 47. Turris (Mantha), 53. Chabot (Henrique, Stone).
Czechia: Frenchman (36. Bartošák) – Hronek, Musil, Moravčík, Rutta, Gudas, Kolář, Zámorský – Frolík, Simon, Voráček – Faksa, Jaškin, Palát – Gulaš, Kovář, Kubalík – Řepík, Vrána, T. Zohorna – H. Zohorna .
Canada: Murray – Nurse, Severson – Chabot, Stecher – Fabbro, Theodore – Myers – Jost – Dubois, Marchessault, Stone – Cirelli, Couturier, Reinhart – Mantha, McCann, Turris – Henrique, Joseph, Strome.
4: 6 (1: 3, 0: 0, 3: 3)
The attack on the medal did not work for the Czech team at the Olympics in Pyongyang. After a 0: 3 semi-final defeat with Olympic athletes from Russia, Josef Jandač’s selection fell in a bronze duel. In the basic group, the Czechs defeated the overseas rival 3: 2 after the raids, but in the battle for the medal, the national team against the Canadian team from Europe caught up with the whole duel in vain. Roman Červenka scored three points at that time (2 + 1), Tomáš Kundrátek, Michal Jordán and current assistant Martin Erat also played from the current team.
Goals and recordings: 10. M. Růžička (Červenka), 47. Jan Kovář (Horák, Řepík), 57. Červenka (Nakládal, Mertl), 58. Červenka (Horák, Mozík) – 9. Ebbett (Robinson, Gragnani), 10. Kelly ( Goloubef, Klinkhammer), 16. D. Roy (Kozun, R. Bourque), 46. Ebbett (Kozun, Goloubef), 50. Kelly (Klinkhammer), 56. Wolski (Howden).
Czechia: Frenchman – Nakládal, Polášek, Mozík, Kolář, Kundrátek, Jordán, O. Němec – Erat, Jan Kovář, D. Kubalík – M. Růžička, Mertl, Červenka – Radil, Koukal, T. Zohorna – Řepík, Horák, Birner.
Canada: Poulin – Robinson, Ch. Lee, Noreau, Genoway, Goloubef, Gragnani, Stollery – Lapierre, O’Dell, Raymond – Kozun, D. Roy, R. Bourque – Thomas, Ebbett, Wolski – Howden, Kelly, Klinkhammer – Vey.
World Cup 2016
0: 6 (0: 3, 0: 2, 0: 1)
The last time both teams competed in inflated groups. Defender Michal Kempný made a mistake in the match. “We got a lesson, the night was not easy,” he said the day after the match. In the crowded hall in Toronto, the Czechs did not have a chance to start the World Cup, they lost by three goals in the third. He was led by Sidney Crosby (1 + 2) and his first line with Patric Bergeron and Brad Marchand. In addition to Kempný, Michal Jordán, David Pastrňák and Roman Červenka also remember the match. The current coach Claude Julien also stood at the substitution of Canada, which eventually dominated the entire tournament.
Goals and recordings: 9. Crosby (Marchard, Stamkos), 18. Marchand (Burns, Crosby), 20. P. Bergeron (Marchand), 28. J. Thornton (Crosby, Duchene), 35. Toews (Getzlaf, Tavares), 53. Pietrangelo (Doughty, Tavares).
Czechia: Neuvirth – Šustr, Nakládal, Polák, Kempný, Z. Michálek, Jordán – J. Voráček, Plekanec, M. Michálek – Pastrňák, Hanzal, Palát – Hemský, Faksa, Michael Frolík – Jaškin, Sobotka, Červenka.
Canada: Cena – S. Weber, Vlasic, Doughty, Bouwmeester, Burns, Pietrangelo – Perry, Toews, Couture – P. Bergeron, Crosby, Marchand – Stamkos, Getzlaf, Tavares – R. O’Reilly, Duchene, J. Thornton.
0: 2 (0: 1, 0: 1, 0: 0)
One of the most bitter losses of recent times. The Czech hockey players attacked the medal in front of the domestic audience, knocking down the Finns led by Karim Jalonen in the quarterfinals after an amazing performance by Jaromír Jágr. But in the middle, Canada put a stop sign. The overseas team brought to Prague perhaps the busiest selection in history, led by Sidney Crosby. The Czechs were definitely not better in the match, but in the second period they were not recognized with a goal after the alleged position of Petr Koukal in the goal area. The duel is remembered by Michal Jordán, Roman Červenka and Martin Erat, no one from the Canadian side.
Goals and recordings: 8. Hall (Eberle, Crosby), 30. Spezza (Duchene, Hamhuis).
Czechia: Pavelec – Jordan, Hejda, Nakládal, Kolář, Krejčík, Čáslava – Voráček, Sobotka, Klepiš – Jágr, Plekanec, Červenka – Erat, Jan Kovář, Vondrka – Koukal, Novotný, Zaťovič – Simon.
Canada: M. Smith – Burns, Hamhuis, Barrie, Muzzin, Wiercioch, Ekblad, Savard – Seguin, Giroux, O’Reilly – Eberle, Crosby, Hall – Spezza, Duchene, MacKinnon – Toffoli, Couturier, Eakin – Ennis.
eight – final group
3: 2 (1: 1, 2: 0, 0: 1)
It wasn’t a playoff match, but you could easily take it that way. The national team was struggling in Germany at the time, fighting for “survival” after defeats with Norway and Switzerland. He necessarily had to score against Canada. If that didn’t happen? For the first time in history, he would be missing in the quarterfinals. The Czechs lost, but Jaromír Jágr and Jakub Klepiš decided in the second period. There is no need to analyze the rest of the tournament anymore, so he ran out on the edge for the gold, which is still the last. The only witness from the current selection is Roman Červenka.
Goals and recordings: 7. Whitney (Giordano, Mason), 59. Duchene (Raymond) – 19. Kašpar (Novotný), 33. Jágr (Vampola, German), 39. Klepiš (Rozsíval, Vokoun).
Czechia: Vokoun – Rozsíval, Caslava, Blatak, Nemec, K. Rachunek, Mojzis, Gregorek – Jagr, Vampola, Klepis – Voracek, Marek, Rolinek – Kaspar, Cervenka, Novotny – Kvapil, Koukal, Hubacek.
Canada: Ch. Mason – Giordano, Russell, Burns, M. Staal, Cumiskey, Beauchemin, Myers – Perry, Stamkos, Raymond – Whitney, Duchene, Tavares – Downie, Ott, Laich – Eberle, Peverley, E. Kane – R. Bourque.