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Czech Republic
EU location CZE
Flag and abbrev. Flag of the Czech Republic CZE
Continent Europe
Leader Miloš Zeman
(President)
Population 10,220,911 (as of 2008)
Registered players 94,876
Percentage 0,93%
National team Czech National Team
National federation Český Svaz Ledního Hokeje
IIHF ranking 5th (-1)
Top league Czech Extraliga
Current champion PSG Zlín

The Czech Republic (IPA: /ˈtʃɛk riˈpʌblɨk/) (Czech: Česká republika, short form in Czech: Česko, IPA: [ʧɛsko]) is a landlocked country in Central Europe and a member state of the European Union. The country has borders with Poland to the north, Germany to the northwest and west, Austria to the south, and Slovakia to the east. The capital and largest city is Prague (Czech: Praha), a major tourist destination.

OrganisationEdit

LeaguesEdit

Czech hockey scheme
Elite O2 Extraliga (14)
Second Czech 1.Liga (16)
Third Czech 2.Liga Západ (20) Czech 2.Liga Východ (16)
Fourth Pražský přebor (Prague) (7) Krajský přebor (Central Bohemia) (12) Plzeňský přebor (Pilsen) (8) Krajský přebor (Karlovy Vary and Ústí nad Labem) (6) Krajský přebor 1. třída (Hradec Králové) (9) Krajská liga (Pardubice) (8) Krajský přebor (Liberec) (6) Krajská liga (South Bohemia) (11) Krajský přebor (Zlín, Vysočina and South Moravia) (10) Krajská liga 1. třída (Moravian-Silesian) (6)
Fifth N/A (0) Krajská soutěž mužů (Central Bohemia) (11) N/A (0) N/A (0) Krajský přebor 2. třída (Hradec Králové) (7) N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0) Krajská liga 2. třída(Moravian-Silesian) (?)

History of hockey in Czech RepublicEdit

Ice hockey was first introduced in Prague in 1905. Three years later, the first hockey clubs were formed in Prague, and the national Hockey Union was created. The same year, Bohemia (later Czechoslovakia) joined the IIHF becoming the second member. When Bohemia became Czechoslovakia after World War I, it was readmitted to the IIHF under its new name in 1920.



InternationalEdit

Czech Republic

Info

Rinks

Players

Referees

3,520

Population

10,506,813

Indoor

157

Total

97,102

Male

--

Capital

Prague

Outdoor

23

Male

62,487

Female

--

IIHF Since

November 15 1908

Junior

32,623

Female

1,992

The Czech men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of the Czech Republic. It is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world, currently ranked fifth by the IIHF, behind Finland. It is controlled by the Czech Ice Hockey Association. Czech U20, U18, Womens, and Womens U18 teams have also participated in the world championships.

The Czechs won the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and won three straight gold medals at the world championships from 1999 to 2001. In the next three years, the team did not get a medal at the world championships — not even home at the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships held in Prague and Ostrava, thus keeping the "world championship home ice curse" alive. But the following year, the Czechs won gold at the 2005 tournament, the only world championship where, due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, all NHL players were available to participate.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics, the Czechs won a bronze medal, defeating Russia 3–0 (roster) in the bronze medal game. At the 2006 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, the Czechs won silver, falling to Sweden in the final. The Czech Republic has 72,075 players officially enrolled in organized hockey (0.7% of its population). Czech Republic won the 2010 World Championships in Germany.

Notable playersEdit

Notable Czech players

National TeamsEdit

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