Saturday, August 6, 2011

TV for Czech-Canada at Ivan Hlinka Tourney

Czech television clearly sees the Czech Republic-Canada match-up at the upcoming Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament as the most attractive one for its viewers. So much so that they have pulled some strings to have the Tuesday and Wednesday schedules for the group in Břeclav switched. The Czech-Canada contest, the only one that will be televised, will now go Tuesday, August 9 at 19:00 CET, 1pm ET and 10am PT. It will be on ČT4 in the Czech Republic and streamed online at ct24.cz/sport.

Czech TV viewers will get a chance to see Griffin Reinhart
(pictured) and the rest of Canada U18 take on the host Czech
on Tuesday. Photo: thepipelineshow.blogspot.com.
For the Canadians, who will be going for their fourth straight win at the summer tournament, the 22 players named to the roster survived a rigorous camp that included many of the top prospects eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The final tournament roster includes 10 players ranked among the top 30 prospects, led by Griffin Reinhart of the Edmonton Oil Kings at number 7 . The full roster can be found here:
http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/172031/la_id/1.htm

“It was a very competitive camp, and choosing these 22 players was by no means an easy task,” said Canadian head coach Steve Spott. “All of the players named today have earned their spot on the roster, and we look forward to getting to Europe and continuing Canada’s great tradition at this event.”

In addition to the game against Canada, the host Czechs also play group-stage games against Switzerland and Sweden, which follow a pre-tournament game against the USA on Saturday. Asked if he thought he faced stiff competition, coach Jiří Veber said, "Sure, but I welcome it. It is good that we have this opportunity. This is the best preparation for the World Championship, which next spring will take place in our country."

Though the Czech-Canada game will be the only one televised from the tournament, Czech Hockey Report will be on hand for all the action for the group in Břeclav starting on Monday. Live updates will be available on Twitter @Djob76.

The roster for the Czech team is listed below. The preceding link from hfboards.com shows the rosters from all competing teams:

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=952873

Goaltenders:

Marek Langhammer (Pardubice), Patrik Polívka (Plzeň).

Defencemen:

Petr Šidlík (Jihlava), Karel Plášil (Č. Budějovice), Michal Plutnar (Liberec), Jan Košťálek (Sparta Praha), Jakub Houfek (Plzeň), Ronald Knot (Slavia Praha), Adam Hawlik (Vítkovice).

Forwards:

Eustathio Soumelidis (Lukko Rauma, Finland), Richard Zehnal (Sioux City, USHL), Martin Matějček, Dominik Simon, Dominik Volek (all Sparta Praha), Richard Nejezchleb (Slavia Praha), Jan Schleiss (Plzeň), Patrik Machač (Kladno), Jan Hudeček, Ondřej Slováček (both Vítkovice), Tomáš Franek (Třinec), Pavel Sedláček (Zlín), Matěj Zadražil (K. Vary).

Reserves:

Daniel Dolejš (H. Brod), Lukáš Buchta (Zlín), Tomáš Prokop (Č. Budějovice), Michal Jonáš (Třinec), Marek Bail (Vítkovice), Jan Trübenekr (Litvínov), Ladislav Marek (Ml. Boleslav), Josef Mikyska (Liberec), Vojtěch Tomeček (K. Vary).


Coaches:
 Jiří Veber, Jakub Petr
General Manager: Jakub Petr
Goaltending Coach: Marek Novotný
Physician: Dr. Jiří Dvořák
Equipment Manager:
 Jaroslav Brabec



Pre-tournament exhibition games:

Saturday, August 6:
 17:30 Slovakia - Canada (Piešťany)
 18:30 Czech Republic - USA (Břeclav)

2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament schedule:

Monday, August 8:
 14:00 Finland - USA (Piešťany)
 15:30 Canada - Sweden (Břeclav)
 17:30 Slovakia - Russia (Piešťany)
 19:00 Czech Republic - Switzerland (Břeclav)

Tuesday, August 9:
 14:00 USA - Russia (Piešťany)
 15:30 Switzerland - Sweden (Břeclav)
 17:30 Slovakia - Finland (Piešťany)
 19:00 Czech Republic - Canada (Břeclav) ČT4 Sport

Wednesday, August 10:
 14:00 Russia - Finland (Piešťany)
 15:30 Canada - Switzerland (Břeclav)
 17:30 Slovakia - USA (Piešťany)
 19:00 Czech Republic - Sweden (Břeclav)

Friday, August 12:
 14:00 A4 - B4 or A3 - B3 (Piešťany)
 15:30 A4 - B4 or A3 - B3 (Břeclav)
 17:30 Semifinal B1 - A2 (Piešťany)
 19:00 Semifinal A1 - B2 (Břeclav)

Saturday, August 13:
 15:00 Final or bronze-medal game (Piešťany)
 17:00 Final or bronze-medal game (Břeclav)

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