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2010 World Championship. Photo: reuters.com.
"Some are seeking nomination for the World Championship, yet others want to remain with us as long as possible. I believe that everyone will play their hardest. The team worked very well in practice, I was satisfied. I really liked the attitude. Everybody has been looking forward to the first game, they are feeling anxious."
In last year's World Championship, Norway defeated the Czech Republic in the group stage, 3-2. Of course, the Czechs recovered from that setback and ultimately won the gold medal. Hadamczik knows these games won't be easy. "(The Norwegians) play very hard and aggressively. I don't know what the situation will be in Gjövik, but we have to be prepared, it won't be easy."
The list of players going to Norway includes five members of last year's championship team. They are defencemen Petr Čáslava and Ondřej Němec and forwards Petr Hubáček, Marek Kvapil, and Jiří Novotný.
More players should be available the weekend of April 8 and 9, when the Czechs play in Belarus for two more games. April 15 and 16, they will host Switzerland in Litvínov. By the time they arrive in Brno for the Czech Hockey Games April 21 to 24, all players in European leagues as well as NHLers who missed the playoffs will be available.
The team's last game before the start of the tournament will be against Canada at O2 Arena in Prague on April 27.
From hokej.cz, here is the roster that the Czech national team will use for the two games in Norway, and the schedule leading up to the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia:
Jakub Kovář (HC Mountfield České Budějovice), Tomáš Pöpperle (HC Sparta Praha).
Petr Čáslava (CSKA Moscow, KHL), Ondřej Němec (Severstal Cherepovets, KHL), Tomáš Mojžíš (Dynamo Minsk, KHL), Vladimír Sičák (Kärpät Oulu, Finland), František Ptáček (HC Mountfield České Budějovice), Lukáš Derner, David Štich (both Bílí Tygři Liberec), Jakub Nakládal (HC Eaton Pardubice).
Petr Průcha (SKA St. Petersburg, KHL), Jiří Novotný (Barys Astana, KHL), Josef Straka (Severstal Cherepovets, KHL), Petr Hubáček, Marek Kvapil, Radek Dlouhý (all HC Kometa Brno), Ivan Rachůnek (PSG Zlín), Jiří Šimánek, Milan Gulaš, Tomáš Mertl (all HC Moutfield České Budějovice), Lukáš Pech (HC Energie Karlovy Vary), Lukáš Vantuch (Bílí Tygři Liberec).
Head Coach: Alois Hadamczik
Assistant Coach: Josef Paleček
General Manager: Slavomír Lener
Team Manager: Martin Loukota
Video Coach: Jan Procházka
Physician: Dr. Radomír Holíbka
Physiotherapist: Michal Truc
Masseurs: Zdeněk Šmíd, Petr Ondráček
Media Consultant: Jan Černý
In addition to the following games, the team will have practice sessions through the week in Prague and Brno.
Euro Hockey Challenge:
Fri, April 1: Norway - Czech Republic (Gjövik, 19:00)
Sat, April 2: Norway - Czech Republic (Gjövik, 15:00)
Fri, April 8: Belarus - Czech Republic (Minsk, 18:00)
Sat, April 9: Belarus - Czech Republic (Bobruysk, 15:00)
Fri, April 15: Czech Republic - Switzerland (Litvínov, 17:30)
Sat, April 16: Czech Republic - Switzerland (Litvínov, 17:30)
Czech Hockey Games:
Thu, April 21: Czech Republic - Finland (Brno, 18:10)
Sat, April 23: Czech Republic - Russia (Brno, 15:00)
Sat, April 23: Sweden - Finland (Brno, 19:00)
Sun, April 24: Russia - Finland (Brno, 14:00)
Sun, April 24: Czech Republic - Sweden (Brno, 18:00)
Wed, April 27: Czech Republic - Canada (17:40, Prague)
IIHF World Championship, Group D:
Sat, April 30: Czech Republic - Latvia (20:15, Bratislava)
Mon, May 2: Czech Republic - Denmark (16:15, Bratislava)
Wed, May 4: Czech Republic - Finland (20:15 Bratislava)