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Snubbed earlier by Czech Olympic team, Hudler helps Flames beat Avalanche

Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

Jiri Hudler may have had a little added motivation Monday night.

After being snubbed by the Czech Olympic hockey team earlier in the day, Hudler scored once and added an assist to help the Flames snap a four-game losing streak and scoring slump with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Hudler scored in the second period to give Calgary a one-goal lead heading into the intermission, then added a helper on Michael Cammalleri‘s winning power-play goal with less than four minutes remaining in regulation time.

The offensive outburst from Calgary – with only 19 shots on Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere – came after the Flames had been shutout in three of their previous four games and outscored 10-1 in that four-game losing streak.

But leaving Hudler off the Czech team, despite his 35 points, left some with a sour taste. As per the Calgary Herald, Hudler did not talk to the media in the morning.

“No Hudler on that team? The Czechs must be favoured to win the gold medal because they must be awfully talented,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley, as per the Calgary Herald.

  1. lowenni - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Really was a big mistake for a team that isn’t stacked on offense, he’s probably the most skilled Czech behind Krejci and Jagr. Those three would’ve made a very dynamic top line. This was a bigger snub than Ryan was for the US, leaving Hudler and Hedja also off the roster was really just a huge mistake by the Czech management.

  2. flyersfan67 - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Totally agree, way worse than Ryan. How can a speedy player like hudler, with good hands gets picked over for 43 year old petr nedved. Absolute joke.

    • shoobiedoobin - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Hudler is not speedy. Hilariously the opposite-he’s known for his lack of speed and even admitted it himself. He said after he was drafted if he’d been 3 inches taller and faster he’d be a top 20 pick. He’s not wrong, but he ain’t fast. Detroit did everything possible to work with that but by the time you’re drafted that’s as fast as you’ll get. You don’t teach speed, you only lose it over time.

      I agree he should’ve went, it’s not like Nedved is better (obviously favoritism of some kind going on) but I get it. He’s small, has no defensive game and gets bullied routinely. To his credit he’ll charge into any corner battle with tenacity but he’s also probably the easiest guy on planet earth to knock off the puck. Bump him once and he’s done. You could knock him down with a feather pillow. He should’ve made it but maybe the Czech team is looking to not get bullies, who knows. Or like I said maybe it’s favoritism and shady BS going on that we don’t know about.

      • shoobiedoobin - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:12 PM


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