Illustration photo – The new president of the Czech Ice Hockey Association Alois Hadamczik at a press conference, June 18, 2022, Prague.
Tampere/Prague – President of the Czech Ice Hockey Association Alois Hadamczik called the World Championships in Tampere and Riga unsuccessful from the Czech point of view. The team led by Finnish coach Karim Jalonen lost to the USA in the quarterfinals on Thursday and took the final 8th place, which is the worst Czech result in history. In an interview with ČTK, Hadamczik emphasized that he is not personally seeking Jalonen's resignation. The executive committee should discuss the next steps of the Czech hockey management on June 8.
“I look at the championship the same as everyone else. I didn't like the championship, it wasn't successful. It showed us again that hockey has a brand, that it is the number 1 sport in our country. There were an estimated four to five thousand of our excellent spectators in Latvia. I would but he did not want to comment on that a few hours after the championship. We have to look at the overall championship,” Hadamczik said, adding that the coaches will present their report to the executive committee. “He will then express how he sees it going forward. We have the domestic championship ahead of us. We will discuss everything calmly and then we will say how it will go on,” said the head of the union.
On Twitter today, Hadamczik wrote that he will asking coach Jalonen “for an explanation as to why creativity, courage, will and combativeness were lacking.” The next world championship will take place in a year in Prague and Ostrava, and according to the 70-year-old former coach, the Czech Republic must present a different style of play at home than in Tampere and Riga. that something was (planned) in advance. This is not based on the truth. Nobody ever said that Jalonen should resign or that he would not continue to coach. I am not against a foreign coach,” said Hadamczik.
With other members of the executive committee so far he did not act. “Everyone has an opinion. I was a coach, and when a person failed, he went through a certain evaluation. Sometimes he passed, sometimes not. Now I can say only one thing: the championship was extremely unsuccessful,” said Hadamczik.