Agence France-PresseFebruary 26, 2014 11:32
Former NHL center Vladimir Ruzicka is the new coach of the Czech Republic ice hockey team, the national Ice Hockey Association said Wednesday.
Ruzicka, 50, replaces Alois Hadamczik who quit on Monday after failing to lead the team beyond the Olympic quarter-finals.
The Czechs, including NHL stars Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias, were beaten 5-2 by the United States in the Sochi quarter-finals.
Ruzicka, a former Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators center, coached the Czechs to world championship titles in 2005 and 2010.