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Czech coach resigns after disappointing Olympics, blames media

Feb 24, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

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According to reports out of the Czech Republic, coach Alois Hadamczik has resigned from that position with the team following the Czechs sixth-place finish in Sochi.

While they made it as far as the quarterfinals before losing to the United States, the team was wrought with controversial choices for the roster as well as Hadamczik’s methods and decisions behind the bench.

During the Games, there were reports of dysfunction in the Czech locker room and while those reports were denied, the team’s play on the ice pointed towards there being other problems.

Of course, if you ask Hadamczik about why he’s stepping down, he has other ideas about why.

Darn that media for rising up against the coach who happened to pick Michal Barinka, his son-in-law, instead of taking St. Louis Blues defenseman Roman Polak.

  1. stepanup - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Aforementioned Polak, Radim Vrbata and Jiri Hudler couldn’t have helped against the USA at all.

    • bcsteele - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Probably not, but it would have been a boost compared to what they had…

    • stepanup - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      I apologize for my attempt to use sarcasm on these boards. OF COURSE they would have helped!

  2. runhigh24 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    The Czech Republic and Slovokia really didn’t think things though in Olympic hockey terms when they decided to go their separate ways and become independent countries.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Indeed, and similar shortsightedness was on display in the War of 1812 when Canada refused to be invaded and annexed by the US. Imagine how good THAT team would have been this year!!

      • elrock7 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        not too sure who on the US team would have made Canada this year.

  3. thailer35 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Healthy-scratching Hanzal and not using Pavelec were the media’s fault?

  4. jimw81 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    it’s always the media’s fault

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Well, yes, except when it’s President Obama’s fault, which this obviously is.

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