TENNESSEE with the participation of the vice-president of the club John Czudka, sports director John Peterka, coach Václav Varadi and captain Luke Krajíčka in Werk Arena, held a press conference Ironworker before entering into the new season. Briefink with the participation of two dozens of journalists, led by spokesman Radim Sajbot.
In the previous year with the Steelers for the third time became extraligovými vicemistry. “It will be a challenging season that awaits us,” stressed head coach Ironworkers Václav Varaďa. To this year’s premiere of his proteges to face off at the rink Zlín.
“Zlín is for us to always have a specific opponent, but in the last year we have played very good matches. Even if we against him did not result, los is the same and everyone will have a lot of forces. All the teams are on the same starting line,“ pointed out Varaďa.
In the preparatory period Ocelářům fared. They lost only in Olomouc, in addition to extension, the remaining duels won – twice humbled Vítkovice, one of Sochi and also Trencin. In the opening two contests of the League of Champions, on the contrary they blew up – with Djurgardenem lost 1:6 and with Tampere 2:8. In odvetách did a whole lot better – in Stockholm won 4:3, on the ice tappara defense man fell to the extension of the fault of an irregular goal.
“After the game, emotions are far greater. We’re sorry, but this is sport. We will try to win the next matches and we’ll see how it turns out. I believe that karma will take effect and we’ll move on,“ said sports director of the Ironworkers Jan Peterek.
During the long breaks have occurred in the locker room Steelworkers changes. Reed together with Linhart headed to Hradec Králové, Jank strengthened Chomutov, Petružálek returned to Litvinov, Strmeň went to České Budějovice and Kvasnica will accumulate experience for the ocean.
New members of the cadre have become goalkeeper Nick Malik (Vitkovice), defender Martin Gernát (Lozaň), the attackers Roberts Bukarts (Zlín) and Marek Viedenský (Slovan Bratislava). From overseas came back a young forward Jan Hladonik.
“Gernát will help us. Bukarts is a shooter, expect from him in the goals, we believe that will help us. Viedenský is a good player on the bulls, a good player to the weakening and předbrankového space,“ characterized the new teammates captain Ironworkers Lukáš Krajíček.
On the sick list remain to defender Vladimir Roth and striker Martin Ruzicka, who in the opening games of the season with certainty they’ll. The game would soon have to return Roberts Bukarts and Jiří Polanský. It will appear in Werk Arena any more backup?
“The team consists during the entire season. Supply and scouting players takes all the time. We need to evaluate with the management and the coach, whether it’s player benefit and whether it fits into our concept. The doors are still open. It depends on the development during the whole season,“ explained Peterek.
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