This morning at the Dresden, Germany hosted Czech Sledge Open, the Czech Republic men’s team defeated Norway 3 – 0. Zdeněk Hábl scored the Czech Republic’s first goal off an assistance from Zdeněk Krupička. Michal Geier then scored his team’s second goal off an assist from defenseman Pavel Kubeš. Jiří Berger scored his team’s final goal unassisted. The Czech Republic is currently undefeated in this competition, with one game remaining on Sunday against Sweden. Other games still left to be played include Russia plays Sweden later today, and and Norway taking on Russia on Sunday.
The Czech team has a lot of experience at the highest level. Pribram native Kubeš has played for the national team since 2009 after taking up the sport in 2004, and was with them during their 2014 Winter Paralympics campaign. He is the team’s best defenseman. Going into the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons, he consistently worked at improving his passing, shooting, speed and acceleration. He lost his left leg in a motor cycle accident, and when not on the ice works as a carpenter. Michal Geier is another member of the Czech Republic’s Paralympic team. He is a 27-year-old from Chomutov. Krupička is a 34-year-old from Kolin who was also in Sochi. Hábl is a 32-year old from Zlin who was a member of the 2014 team. Berger is one of the oldest players on the team at 39 years of age. Part of the team from Sochi, he is from Karlovy Vary.
The competition is part of the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Series. The Czech Republic currently leads the event.