HEMSKY NAMED TO CZECH OLYMPIC TEAM

Ales Hemsky has been named to the Czech Men’s hockey team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It is a great honor for any athlete, and Hemsky no doubt wants to add to the 2006 Bronze medal the Czechs won in Turin. There’s no Hasek this time, so it’ll be an uphill battle for the Czechs.

The honor for Hemsky is one of the great moments in an outstanding career, which (aside from the Olympic medal includes):

  • 2006 NHL pennant with the Edmonton Oilers (winning Western Conference)
  • 2005 Gold medal (Czech) at the World Hockey Championships
  • 2005 Czech Extraliga Championship (Pardubice)

Hemsky ranks 48th among active NHL players in assists , and is in his 11th season as an Oiler. He ranks 8th in Oilers history in points.

 

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  1. gcw_rocks says:

    Congrats to Ales!

  2. RMGS says:

    I believe the Czechs’ chances for a medal in the 2010 games were seriously undermined with Hemsky’s injury. Four years later the sun is past high noon on him (and on the Czech team – any team selecting a 42 year old Petr Nedved is reaching), but it will be great to see him in a tournament of the world’s elite hockey players. He belongs in that company.

  3. Ribs says:

    Yay! I guess Horak missed the cut then.

  4. art vandelay says:

    I thought selecting Hemsky was a sign of desperation but if Nedved is playing then it’s officially a beer-league tournament.
    The Czechs should try building that 4th indoor hockey rink one of these centuries and maybe start developing some players.

  5. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    This is fantastic news! I’m so excited for him. I hope he scores a few danglers against the Russians.

    ———

    Any chance Marincin gets a call from slovakia?

    An NHL.com article had both him and Gernat on the watch list a month ago:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=692710

  6. delooper says:

    art vandelay:
    The Czechs should try building that 4th indoor hockey rink one of these centuries and maybe start developing some players.

    ?? A little early for this level of whimsy isn’t it ?? If Canada could develop per-capita as well as the Czech’s, ice hockey probably wouldn’t be an Olympic sport as it would likely be deemed not-competitive-enough to have in the Olympics. Canada would always win.

    Way to go Hemsky!

  7. delooper says:

    Strangely, I’m back to seeing “Browse 10,000 single asian women” ads, now that I’m back in Victoria. I suspect this is my roomates’ doing. We share wifi.

  8. dangilitis says:

    Said Czech head coach Alois Hadamczik: “I tried to pick the best team, who will be a party committed to achieve the best result.”

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/czech-republic-announces-olympic-team-hudler-vrbata-not-200810105–nhl.html

    On Hemsky – he said that he thought his new role might affect his chances of making the team. Looks like based on the comments, his ability to play for the team may have helped him, and I am thrilled. Or, the execs of Czech republic just watched a few montage videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNF1cQ42UMU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQKLKavHkGk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hXrUxckyu4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sh6ALwzchY

    Not taking Hudler and Vrbata. Maybe there’s some rule out there that we don’t know of where every national team must leave a minimum of two offensive threats off their roster. Fortunately, that rule would benefit Canada most…

  9. dangilitis says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    This is fantastic news! I’m so excited for him. I hope he scores a few danglers against the Russians.

    ———

    Any chance Marincin gets a call from slovakia?

    An NHL.com article had both him and Gernat on the watch list a month ago:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=692710

    Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Would damage the AHL roster D, if they let Gernat go, but who cares? As good as Nelson has been in development, what an experience that would be for the pair, even if they hardly play. Also, then Marincin can come back and question the advice he is receiving e.g. funny, that’s not how competent defenceman are taught. And having Chara to mentor them on how to use a big frame would be nice.

  10. dangilitis says:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=697304

    And how about Hartikainen?

  11. misfit says:

    It’s going to be fun cheering for him at the Olympics, and he always seems to perform on the international stage, but it’s going to make it that much harder to swallow when he’s wearing another NHL uniform on deadline day.

    He played very well against Boston (even though he didn’t register a point), and he’s always magic with Krejci. I hope those two things allow us to get something out of Ciarelli for him.

  12. misfit says:

    Am I the only one who remembers Nedved’s inability to skate up and down the ice in his second tour of duty with Edmonton?

    Based on that, and the explanation that Hejda and Vrbata’s skating was the thing that kept them off the team, it’s a very curious decision indeed.

  13. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Robert Downey Jr. in Weird Science.

  14. hoser313 says:

    misfit:
    Am I the only one who remembers Nedved’s inability to skate up and down the ice in his second tour of duty with Edmonton?

    Unfortunately not. That’s stuck in my memory right up there with Adam Oates’ swan song with the Oilers.

  15. Gerta Rauss says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Robert Downey Jr. in Weird Science.

    I’ve been meaning to ask you what you’re up to with these posts ROM.

    Unless you’re responding to the “very curious decision indeed”….

    in which I would reply Tom Hanks in the Davinci Code

  16. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lowetide:
    Look Sharp
    http://www.puckrant.com/slapshot/look-sharp

    Thanks for these updates-and I will say it’s a wonderful Joe Jackson album.

  17. Lowetide says:

    Gerta Rauss: Thanks for these updates-and I will say it’s a wonderful Joe Jackson album.

    Yes. I bought it new, what a great album. Was ALMOST as good as Costello’s My Aim is True.

  18. Gerta Rauss says:

    delooper:
    Strangely, I’m back to seeing “Browse 10,000 single asian women” ads, now that I’m back in Victoria.I suspect this is my roomates’ doing.We share wifi.

    Yeah, me too.

    And what’s curious is that I spend my time looking for redheads

  19. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lowetide,

    Yeah, I’ve got them both on vinyl-both great albums.

    Jumpin Jive is a lot of fun as well

  20. Lucinius says:

    Nice to see Hemsky get the nod. Guarantees I’ll be watching the Czech games. Unlikely I’ll watch most of Canada’s games as they tend to pick teams I don’t like watching 9and I generally root against Team Canada, except when they play the Americans). Hoping Russia picks a few players I like to watch.

  21. Ribs says:

    If you guys want a little control over your ads on the page (as well as anywhere that uses google ads) you can click on the little blue triangle icon that is on any ad and it will take you to some settings you can play with.

  22. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide:
    Look Sharp
    http://www.puckrant.com/slapshot/look-sharp

    interesting list… off the top of my head, I can think of Kulikov, Gardiner, Kadri, RyJo… all talented young players recently discussed as available

    we can start a counter list too, though… players of promise traded only to tank… recent Oiler acquisitions Brule, Barker and Teubert fit that bit somewhat.

  23. fifthcartel says:

    “Oilers prospect defenceman Dillon Simpson’s stock has really risen in his time at the University of North Dakota. He’s the captain and just 20 years old in his senior year (major finance, 3.7 grade-point average). He’s the youngest Fighting Sioux captain since former NHL centre Greg Johnson in 1991-92.”

    Matty mentioning Dillon Simpson in one of his ‘Short Shifts’ articles.

  24. G Money says:

    Ribs:
    If you guys want a little control over your ads on the page (as well as anywhere that uses google ads) you can click on the little blue triangle icon that is on any ad and it will take you to some settings you can play with.

    Or use AdBlock and don’t see them at all…

    Although it sounds like I’m missing out on some Asians and Cougars and probably some Asian Cougars while I’m at it.

  25. fifthcartel says:

    Also –

    Matty mentions Reimer as an option for the Oilers, and I don’t think he’d cost a lot plus his stats seem solid. Could the Oilers run Reimer/Scrivens like the Leafs did last season?

  26. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    fifthcartel: Matty mentioning Dillon Simpson in one of his ‘Short Shifts’ articles.

    Reading through his last several articles… there’s a lot of interesting stuff tossed out there… but the man is unable to hold a consistent thought.

    He has a whole article on how the Oilers gave up on Cogliano too fast, but tweets that Lander ought to be traded.

    He spends like 6 paragraphs musing wildly about “what’s going on with Klefbom? why wasn’t he called up instead of Hunt?” only to finally mention at the bottom of the article that Klefbom is currently injured in OKC (Teter in the comments actually provides the most actual reporting here, in a short comment)

    he’ll drive you nuts! but… who else is going to tell you what’s going on with the team?

  27. Ribs says:

    G Money: Or use AdBlock and don’t see them at all…

    Well that doesn’t help LT’s beer fund one bit! :)

  28. fifthcartel says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    His tweets are probably my favourite thing ever. I feel he really struggles with the whole internet thing.

  29. delooper says:

    Ribs:
    If you guys want a little control over your ads on the page (as well as anywhere that uses google ads) you can click on the little blue triangle icon that is on any ad and it will take you to some settings you can play with.

    That’s pretty amazing. It seems to think my interests are “Banking” and “Arts and entertainment” yet it shows me ads of single asian women.

  30. НИНТЕНДО⁶⁴ says:

    fifthcartel:
    Romulus Apotheosis,

    His tweets are probably my favourite thing ever. I feel he really struggles with the whole internet thing.

    Would love to know where he found that 140 wide selectric and how we bolted it to the interwebs.

  31. G Money says:

    delooper: That’s pretty amazing.It seems to think my interests are “Banking” and “Arts and entertainment” yet it shows me ads of single asian women.

    Maybe it’s trying to figure out what interests you and LT have in common?

  32. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    delooper: That’s pretty amazing.It seems to think my interests are “Banking” and “Arts and entertainment” yet it shows me ads of single asian women.

    Have you seen “The Wrong Guy”?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fab89eIgswc

    http://www.avclub.com/article/sad-sack-case-file-188-ithe-wrong-guyi-55875

  33. Lowetide says:

    G Money: Maybe it’s trying to figure out what interests you and LT have in common?

    I am in my 50′s and married an English-German woman. For the last 30 years I have been hard at work trying to figure out what’s going on in the one relationship, so am unlikely to try to further complicate matters. :-)

  34. theres oil in virginia says:

    delooper: That’s pretty amazing.It seems to think my interests are “Banking” and “Arts and entertainment” yet it shows me ads of single asian women.

    C’mon man, fess up. You like banking and arts. You’re an imperialist and you like exotic things. Of course it’s showing you ads for asian women! Google knows you better than you know yourself.

    I got the gambit of European brides from France, Germany, etc. Apparently there are a lot of hot chicks out there waiting to have sex with me just to come to America! They might be disappointed when they get here…doubly.

  35. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Gerta Rauss: I’ve been meaning to ask you what you’re up to with these posts ROM.

    Unless you’re responding to the “very curious decision indeed”….

    in which I would reply Tom Hanks in the Davinci Code

    Not up to anything. just strikes me as funny.

    I’d do something like

    Tom Hanks in The Man With One Red Shoe.

  36. delooper says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: Have you seen “The Wrong Guy”?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fab89eIgswc

    http://www.avclub.com/article/sad-sack-case-file-188-ithe-wrong-guyi-55875

    No, never heard of it. I kind of thought Canadian humour took a step in the wrong direction with Kids in the Hall, and I was out of the country way back then. Might watch it tonight, though, thanks!

  37. delooper says:

    Lowetide: I am in my 50′s and married an English-German woman. For the last 30 years I have been hard at work trying to figure out what’s going on in the one relationship, so am unlikely to try to further complicate matters.

    I’m 40 and it looks like I might marry a Kenyan woman. Just got my yellow fever shot two days ago, and I feel some flu-like symptoms.

  38. Lowetide says:

    delooper: I’m 40 and it looks like I might marry a Kenyan woman.Just got my yellow fever shot two days ago, and I feel some flu-like symptoms.

    Congratulations! (not on the flu-like symptoms)

  39. misfit says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: Have you seen “The Wrong Guy”?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fab89eIgswc

    http://www.avclub.com/article/sad-sack-case-file-188-ithe-wrong-guyi-55875

    No word of a lie, that is one of my favorite comedies of all time. For the most part, I don’t think comedies hold up well over time, but I have yet to pass up an opportunity to watch The Wrong Guy or feel sorry after that I did.

  40. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    delooper: No, never heard of it.I kind of thought Canadian humour took a step in the wrong direction with Kids in the Hall, and I was out of the country way back then. Might watch it tonight, though, thanks!

    KITH had a few misses, but by and large was the integral to the creation of what I think funny is… that and lots of PBS British humor (Black Adder, Fawlty Towers, etc.)

    The Wrong Guy is one of my favorite films. It isn’t great, even by comedy standards (it’s not Duck Soup or anything)… but man is it funny. But I have a natural affinity for Dave Foley’s idiot character.

    delooper: I’m 40 and it looks like I might marry a Kenyan woman.Just got my yellow fever shot two days ago, and I feel some flu-like symptoms.

    Congrats (maybe?)… at any rate, if you go through with it, yea!

    just got married this Summer. Still getting used to the ring.

    misfit: No word of a lie, that is one of my favorite comedies of all time.For the most part, I don’t think comedies hold up well over time, but I have yet to pass up an opportunity to watch The Wrong Guy or feel sorry after that I did.

    Every word here is true. you and I share a bond.

  41. delooper says:

    misfit: No word of a lie, that is one of my favorite comedies of all time.For the most part, I don’t think comedies hold up well over time, but I have yet to pass up an opportunity to watch The Wrong Guy or feel sorry after that I did.

    I just finished watching it. Seems like a pretty decent movie. Always felt a little bit towards the “this movie is trying too hard” side of things but it was good all the same.

    I watched “The Act of Killing” last night. Put me in a serious mood. It’s an anomalous movie. I’ve never seen anything like it before — well-known mass-murderers, re-enacting their murders. Gleefully. If you ever wondered how people could compartmentalize, this is the movie that shows you.

  42. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    delooper: No, never heard of it.I kind of thought Canadian humour took a step in the wrong direction with Kids in the Hall, and I was out of the country way back then. Might watch it tonight, though, thanks!

    One of my favorite KITH sketches. I quote it a lot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GW22sAElpE

  43. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    delooper: I just finished watching it.Seems like a pretty decent movie.Always felt a little bit towards the “this movie is trying too hard” side of things but it was good all the same.

    I watched “The Act of Killing” last night.Put me in a serious mood.It’s an anomalous movie.I’ve never seen anything like it before — well-known mass-murderers, re-enacting their murders. Gleefully. If you ever wondered how people could compartmentalize, this is the movie that shows you.

    I haven’t seen that. But you may like this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Bites_Dog_(film)

    it is dark, but wickedly funny in parts.

  44. delooper says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: I haven’t seen that. But you may like this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Bites_Dog_(film)

    it is dark, but wickedly funny in parts.

    Yeah, that sounds really dark. In The Act of Killing, its interesting how everyone seems to think they’re doing the right thing all the time. Only at the end does one of the primary mass-murderers ask the question “am I a bad man?”

  45. DeadmanWaking says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yeah, me too. And what’s curious is that I spend my time looking for redheads

    When you live in Victoria, you’re surrounded by Asian opportunity. There are many Asians in Asia. That accounts for 1/4 of the compass pie. And they’re so close! You can almost see their east-Asian Muktuk sushi rolls from the shivery extremes of the panhandle whose pot holder Victoria pockmarks with pipe ends.

    There are many Asians in Asia, and there are even more Asians in Richmond. Most of them can be found above deck, on tip toe, bent over the rails photographing the sparsely populated Gulf Islands with daring yet prim upper-torso zoom, rather than photographing themselves or each other, completely undeterred by the recent non-9 to 5 curtailments in ferry service to the lush hinterland. Methinks it’s a drawbridge too late.

    I suppose if one chooses to view the world through a petroleum jellyroll–if you can see anything at all past the bulky Doric column (or columns) plundering the view–the Asian expansion is less viscerally crushing than the expanding Caucasians (we’ve become an entire race of Muktuk sushi rolls).

    Meiners proposed a taxonomy of human beings which involved only two races (Rassen): Caucasians and Mongolians. He considered Caucasians to be more physically attractive than Mongolians, notably because they had paler skin; Caucasians were also more sensitive and more morally virtuous than Mongolians. Later he would make similar distinctions within the Caucasian group, concluding that the Germans were the most attractive and virtuous people on earth.

    With perseverance, I think he could whittle that stone all the way down to me, myself, and I. Ethnologist wanted. Must possess mirror and private bathroom.

    Funny how so many young (and not so young) males in possession of a single-occupancy super duty king cab are seduced by the outwardly-deferential almond blossoms.

    Roommate? Or geographical reality?

  46. zatch says:

    Some comments on the roster: It’s poor. Extremely poorly picked. Talking to a lot of Czech fans, there was a lot of politics. Some bad player-coach relationships (Hejda being the most prominent example of this) and Barinka is the coaches son-in-law, and many are shocked he made it. Don’t get me started on apparently needing 6 old guys, several of whom will be completely ineffective, for “leadership” and “experience” .This is a B+ team.

    I guess this gets to what we saw with USA and we will likely see today with Canada. Dave Barry, the humour writer once made a joke that if you went to a doctor with an ice pick in your head and told the doctor that the problem was said ice pick, the doctor would be irritated and run many tests and theories to see if that was the case. The reason being of course, is s/he is the MD, and s/he isn’t going to let some untrained peon tell them what the problem is, no matter how obvious.

    I think that’s why GMs tend to make wacky choices. For the most part, 95% of the choices are obvious. But if the GM went with the obvious route that everyone can see, why, that would make him almost expendable. So he has to go off the board, make a stupid illogical choice and then justify it with the mystique of his station (gut feeling, dream, spirit journey, dartboard, etc.) in order to feel like he is the boss. For example, the justification for leaving Hejda off was “He isn’t good on the big ice”, which no one is buying on this roster.

    Sports in general are maddeningly inefficient, and hockey is up there with the worst of them.

  47. DeadmanWaking says:

    Repetition of the word “view” is a defect, but the subtext was reaching that tipping point I wrote about recently where replacing “plundering the view” with “storming the gunwales” risks a cognitive eddy of spontaneous shag-carpet reupholstery.

    “Storming the gunwales” would have aped my other themes rather aptly. I wonder, which word echoes more loudly from that syllabic progression: “rape” or “rapt”? Different jokes for different folks.

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