Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 02/11/2014 8:46 AM | Comments: 0
SOCHI, Russia – Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec has been told by Czech Republic coach Alois Hadamczik he will not start in the team’s opening game of the Olympics against Sweden.
"I’m in the stands," said Pavelec,following his team’s skate on Tuesday at the Bolshoy IceDome. "I’m not sure. It’s the coaches decision. But he told me I would play in the second game against Latvia."
Pavelec was slated to be the Czech starter but Jakub Kovar of the KHL will take the net against Sweden and Alexander Salak will back up.
"It’s the Olympics. Everyone wants to play. That’s why we’re here," said Pavelec. "I don’t know. I’ll work hard in practice. The coaches have their reasons. Hopefully this works for us and we win. Kovar has been hot in the KHL. He’s a good goalie and I want him to play well."
Pavelec said the Czechs shouldn’t be taken lightly.
"We’ve got experience and we’ve got skill. No one thought Czech Republic would do anything in 1998 and they won the gold medal," said Pavelec. "I remember that. It’s a short tournament and it’s all about who is hot at the right time."
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Pedestrian critical condition after being hit by vehicle
Mayoral wannabes spew clichés at forum
Tim Hortons the conquering hero this time
Museum rejects St. Germain
Canada Post reports profit in second quarter
3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone
Inquiry on premiers' agenda
Still some summer heat left
Fans roar for Katy Perry
Judicial review useless for family
Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry
Spy thriller leaves us unshaken, unstirred
Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains
Advocates want to see NFL act on domestic violence
Camper missing for three days found on remote road
Rogen stages comedy special for Alzheimer's
Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel
Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano
Spiders force Suzuki to recall midsize cars
'Serial killer' behind random shootings: police
The reviews are in for Meyers and the verdict is... mixed
Twins say 'Amazing Race' made them villains
2 rescued from disabled boat 2 miles from falls
Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters
Southern California prepares as big waves brew
Scottish businesses: no case for independence