Rulík announced the changes during an interview with journalists after Saturday’s match in Linz, where The Czechs defeated the home Austrians 3:2 and during the final preparation for the championship they also won the fourth game.


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Defenders Daniel Gazda and Jakub Sirota and forwards Jiří Černoch and Adam Kubík are leaving the national team. On the other hand, the team will be completed by defenders Michal Kempný and Jakub Krejčík from Sparta Prague and David Špaček from the Iowa Wild team in the overseas AHL, as well as forwards Ondřej Kaše from Litvínov, Filip Chlapík and Pavel Kousal from Sparta and Matyáš Kantner from Finland’s KalPy.

Tough decision

“It’s always a difficult decision, it’s not pleasant. Every training session and match affects any changes in the lineup. That’s why we always publish changes only at the end of the event and always announce the lineup only for the next training camp,” said Rulík, whose roster currently consists of 3 goalkeepers, 10 defenders and 17 forwards.

Apart from Špaček, the son of former outstanding defender Jaroslav Špaček, the coach did not announce any other names of overseas reinforcements. “The guys from the NHL haven’t even passed the medical examinations yet. We will announce it as soon as we include them in the nomination. It seems fair to me in all respects, I can’t imagine saying something I don’t know,” explained Ruík.

Communication with players operating overseas who would be considered for championship in the Czech Republic, the general manager of the Czech national team Petr Nedvěd and his assistant Martin Havlát are in charge. “We are also in close contact with other players from the NHL and AHL and we are discussing the details with them. However, we will not disclose when and who will join us, after an agreement with our coaches,” added Nedvěd.