Czech Republic men's national ice hockey team
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The Czech national ice hockey team of the men 's national ice hockey national team of the Czech Republic and one of the best hockey teams in the world. It is located in the current IIHF World Ranking from 2012 to the third place. The women's team is ranked 14 in the world rankings and is playing in the so-called B- World Cup ( officially: Division I).
The ice hockey teams in the Czech Republic are subject to the Czech Ice Hockey Association and emerged from the ranks of Czechoslovakia, their starting positions were allowed to take over after the division in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993. The first game of the Czech Mr. selection took place on February 11, 1993 held in Stockholm, as this defeated the team of Russia 6-1.
The Czech gentlemen were 1998 Olympic champion and three times in a row from 1999-2001 achieved the victory of the World Cup. 2004 Ivan Hlinka appointed again after three medal -free years for coach to lead the team in the World Cup of Hockey in 2004 and again to reach the World Championship title. After the fatal traffic accident Vladimír Růžička was appointed as the new coach, who indeed on the World Cup "only" reached the semi-finals, 2005, however, in the final against Canada again managed to secure the win the world title. A year later the national team reached the silver medal under head coach Alois Hadamczik.
After a disappointing fifth place at the Ice Hockey World Championship for Men 2008 Hadamczik stepped back and a short time later Vladimír Růžička was introduced as the new coach, who was also coach of HC Slavia Prague.
2010 presaged Růžička to resign after the World Cup the same year as coach, after the Czech Ice Hockey Association Alois Hadamczik certain as his successor.
Locked jersey numbers
- # 21 Ivan Hlinka
After the plane crash near Yaroslavl in September 2011, the jersey numbers of Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek and Josef Vašíček were blocked by the Czech Ice Hockey Association for all national teams.
- # 4 Karel Rachunek
- # January 15 Marek
- # 63 Josef Vašíček