It is perfect to play with Jaromir Jagr, says Czech defenceman Radek Martinek

It is perfect to play with Jaromir Jagr, says Czech defenceman Radek Martinek

23 Apr 2011 | David Schlegel

Czech defenseman Radek Martinek has not been playing for the national team in more than six years. Now he is back for Czech Hockey Games and reminded himself to the fans by scoring two goals against Russia.

 
 
 
 
He scored first two Czech goals of the game, both after heavy shots on power plays from longer distance. "I got great passes. I went on ice with Jaromir Jagr and other great players. I really appreciated it," said Martinek, who plays for New York Islanders in the NHL.

His goals sent the Czech Republic twice into the lead in the sold-out Rondo Arena in Brno, the 2nd biggest city in the Czech Republic. "Both goals were quite similar, I wanted to shoot them high," added Martinek.

The World champions from the Czech Republic scored incredible six goals on the Russians. Martinek, who had only 3 goals on the national team so far in 70 games, scored two of them. "I think I haven`t scored two goals for a very long time. Last time it was during the NHL lockout, when I played for Ceske Budejovice," said Martinek who won the World championships in 2000 and 2001.

The Czech national team had a bad power play in the Euro Hockey Tour this season. "They usually send me for last 30 seconds of a power-play in the NHL. Here, there are many skilled players. Jaromir Jagr was perfect. It is fantastic for everyone to play with him," said Martinek about Jagr, who had one goal and three assists in this game.

The Czechs played one of their best games this season. Eventually the Russians started losing their nerves. "At the end of 2nd period, they went out of concept, they made many unnecessary fouls," explained Martinek.

Mainly Artyukhin was active in fights. "I am not a fighter, so I could not be a leader in this. I know Artyuckin from the NHL and I know I have to be careful when he is around," said Martinek.

A victory over Russia gives self-confidence to the Czechs who will defend their World title in Bratislava. "It definitely encourages us. On the other hand, it is just a preparation game for the World championship. We should not overrate it," stays Martinek on the ground.

The Czech Republic will win the Czech Hockey Games this year. It has been decided already before the last day of the tournament when the Czechs play against Sweden. Also this game, in which Jaromir Jagr will play again, will be sold out.

Ico Facebook Ico Del.icio.us Ico Stumbleupon Ico Twitter Ico Digg it
Print
Recent transfersShow all transfers»

Leagues

Czech Rep.:  Tipsport extraliga | 1.liga | 2.liga

Finland:  Liiga | Mestis

Germany:  DEL | DEL2

Russia:  KHL | Vysshaya liga

Slovakia:  Tipsport Extraliga | 1.liga

Sweden:  SHL | Allsvenskan

Switzerland:  NLA | NLB

Other:  NHL | AHL | EBEL | Elite A (ITA) | Magnus (FRA) | GET (NOR) | HL (DEN) | Belarus

Leagues statistic
League standings
 
Game fixtures
 
League leaders
 
 
 
Headlines

EHC Visp surprises in Swiss Hockey Cup

EHC Visp beat HC Davos in 2nd round of Cup and advance to quarterfinals. Read more»

Tre Kronor roster for Karjala Tournament

Today Swedish head coach Pär Mårts named the preliminary roster for Karjala Tournament November 6-9. Read more»

© Copyright 2014 European Ice Hockey Online AB & eSports.cz s.r.o. | info@eurohockey.com
Hokejová výstroj