Video: Czech Republic head coach Ludek Bukac talks to the media following his team’s 4-3 loss to the USA at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship.
The Czech Republic had a relatively easy time of things in their first game of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, but Game 2 was a different story as they dropped a hard-fought, 4-3 loss to the USA at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.
Video: Czech Republic forward Patrik Zdrahal was the star in his country’s opening win over Latvia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship.
While Sudbury Wolves forward Dominik Kubalik was the top point-getter for the Czech Republic in their opening win over Latvia, forward Patrik Zdrahal was the goal-scoring star for the Czechs in that game.
Photo: Czech Republic forward Dominik Kubalik, shown here playing for the Sudbury Wolves, turned in a strong offensive performance in his country&rsquo;s opening game at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Czech Republic got off on the right foot at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, easily dispatching Latvia, 7-0, on Day 2 of this tournament. The Czech's received a strong performance from forward Dominik Kubalik, who registered five assists in the game.
Photo: Sudbury Wolves forward Dominik Kubalik is looking to help his home country, the Czech Republic, make some noise at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Czech Republic has failed to medal since being promoted to the elite division in 2008. In the last two years at the U18, they had to fight to avoid relegation both times, but now it finally looks as if they have a real chance to get past the preliminary round and compete against the strongest of the participants.
Photo: Chomutov Jr. forward David Kämpf is currently ranked 95th among international skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting (courtesy of Luboš Lang/Czech Ice Hockey Association)
Junior hockey season in the Czech Republic is already entering into its second phase, with teams in the Under-20 and Under-18 category going all in to salvage their hopes of winning their respective Extraligas. Most of the Czech-based players eligible for the upcoming NHL Draft play in the U-20 Extraliga that has now, in late January, reached the end of its regular season.