< /p> Meeting of the Czech hockey team in preparation for the WC and Euro Hockey Challenge matches with Austria, April 24, 2023, Brno. Martin Kaut and goalkeeper Dominik Pavlát.
Brno – The Finnish coach of the Czech hockey players, Kari Jalonen, will include the first two reinforcements from the NHL in the match in preparation for the World Championships in Riga and Tampere in May. In today's Euro Hockey Challenge match in Vienna against Austria, defensemen David Jiříček from Columbus and Martin Kaut from Colorado will appear. The duel will start at 18:30.
For the time being, defender Stanislav Svozil will be missing from the lineup, who at the end of the season made his NHL debut also in the Columbus jersey after a year spent in Regina in the junior WHL. He is the only one of the nine new players in the third week of camp who will not play.
In addition to Jiříček and Kaut, captain Roman Červenka from Rapperswil-Jona, other attackers Tomáš Hyka and Lukáš Sedlák from Pardubice, and in defense their club teammates Tomáš Dvořák and Jan Košťálek will jump into the match. As Jalonen already announced on Wednesday, Marek Langhamer from Ilves Tampere, who joined the team after the end of the club season on Tuesday, will appear in goal.
His back will be covered by Dominik Pavlát from Pilsen, who remained with the national team in training after the last camp in Ostrava. Šimon Hrubec, who caught the last two duels with Slovakia, will be resting. Goalkeeper Karel Vejmelka from Arizona will participate in training on Friday in Brno.
In addition to Svozil, other defenders Michal Jordán, Michal Kempný and forwards Roman Horák, David Tomášek, Radan Lenc and Ondřej Beránek will not play in the game in Vienna.
Expected line-up of the Czech Republic: Langhamer – Ščotka, D. Jiříček, Němeček, Kundrátek, T. Dvořák, Košťálek, Kučerík, Zámorský – Smejkal, M. Špaček, Červenka – Flek, M. Kovařčík, Chlapík – Sobotka, Sedlák, Hyka – H. Zohorna, Černoch, M. Kaut.