HC Sparta Praha

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HC Sparta Praha
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City Prague, Czech Republic
League Czech Extraliga
Founded 1903 (1903)
Home arena Tipsport Arena (Capacity: 13,995)
Colours

blue, yellow, red

              
Head coach Czech Republic Josef Jandač

Website
www.hcsparta.cz

Hockey Club Sparta Praha (eng: HC Sparta Prague) is a Prague based Czech ice hockey team playing in the Czech Extraliga.

Milestones[edit]

  • Founded: The club was originally formed in 1903 as Bandy club but was only officially founded in 1909.
  • Greatest successes: National champions in 1952-1953, 1953-1954, 1989-1990, 1992–93, 1999-2000, 2001–02, 2005–06 and 2006-07. 2nd place in EHL 1999/00, Spengler Cup victory 1962, 1963, Spengler Cup 2nd place in 2004, Super Six 2nd place in 2008
  • Worst results: Czechoslovakia: 8th place (1972–73, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1985–86), Czech Republic: 12th place (2010–11)

Highest national league participation: From the league foundation in 1936 to 1950 and from 1951 up to this day

  • International successes: Spengler Cup winner in 1962, 1963, Spengler Cup 2nd place in 2004, 2nd place European League (EHL) 2000, Super Six 2nd place in 2008
  • Club colours: Blue, yellow and red. Since the 2001-02 season, club jerseys had been either black and white or grey, but since the 2005-06 season, jerseys have been burgundy and white.

Roster for 2012-13 season[edit]

Goalies
No. Ntl. Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
1 Czech Republic Vojtěch Sedláček L Junior Praha, Czech Republic
42 Czech Republic Michal Neuvirth L 2012 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
42 Czech Republic Marek Schwarz P 2012 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
Defensemen
No. Ntl. Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
28 Czech Republic David Kočí L 2011 Praha, Czech Republic
14 Czech Republic Patrik Husák L Junior Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic
5 Finland Ari Vallin L 2012 Ylojarvi, Finland
38 Czech Republic Jan Hanzlík L Junior Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
52 Czech Republic Radek Philipp L 2010 Kroměříž, Czech Republic
73 Czech Republic Angel Krstev L 2011 Praha, Czech Republic
33 United States Troy Milam L 2011 Lake Orion, USA
51 Czech Republic Daniel Sobotka L Junior Czech Republic
24 Czech Republic Vladimír Sičák L 2012 Czech Republic
Forwards
No. Ntl. Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
6 Czech Republic Michal Broš R 2008 Olomouc, Czech Republic
43 Czech Republic Tomáš Rachůnek R 2012 Zlín, Czech Republic
7 Slovakia Marek Hovorka L 2012 Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia
10 Czech Republic Ivan Rachůnek L 2011 Zlín, Czech Republic
16 Czech Republic Lukáš Luňák L 2009 Olomouc, Czech Republic
66 Czech Republic Dominik Pacovský L Junior Czech Republic
81 Slovakia Adam Lapšanský L 2011 Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia
27 Czech Republic Lukáš Žalčík L 2009 Czech Republic
32 Czech Republic Zdeněk Bahenský L 2012 Most, Czech Republic
33 Czech Republic Daniel Přibyl R Junior Czech Republic
62 Czech Republic Petr Tenkrát R 2011 Děčín, Czech Republic
77 France Sacha Treille L 2011 Grenoble, France
47 Czech Republic Lukáš Vantuch L 2011 Jihlava, Czech Republic
86 Czech Republic Peter Jánský L 2011 Most, Czech Republic
87 Czech Republic Petr Ton R 2003 Slaný, Czech Republic
17 Czech Republic Jaroslav Hlinka L 2012 Praha, Czech Republic
88 Czech Republic Miroslav Forman L Junior Czech Republic
23 United States Alex Foster L 2011 Canton, USA

History[edit]

Former names:

  • 1948 - Sokol Sparta
  • 1949 - Sokol Bratrství Sparta
  • 1951 - Sokol Sparta Sokolovo
  • 1953 - Spartak Praha Sokolovo
  • 1965 - Sparta ČKD Praha
  • 1990 - HC Sparta Praha

The Sparta Praha hockey club is one of the most successful and famous clubs in Czechoslovakian and later Czech ice hockey history. There is not many sports clubs in Czech republic whose history reached so far as history of the Prague ice hockey club SPARTA.

Sparta’s great successes were reached in the years following World War II as it won two national titles in a row - 1952/54 and 1953/54—under the name Spartak Sokolovo. The next highly successful period came much more recently, when Sparta won the national league in 1989/90 and in 1992/93. Another recent achievement (along with two third place finishes in 1995/96 and 1996/97) was Sparta’s participation in the final group of the European League (EHL) in 1996/97.

After a few years of bad luck and less success, Sparta returned to the top of the Czech Extraliga in 1999/00 when they were crowned league champions. That victory was the first of four championships they would win over seven seasons, adding Extraliga titles in 2002, 2006 and 2007. In addition to those achievements, Sparta managed to be part of the Top Four in the European League (EHL) again in 1999/2000 and achieved the greatest result in Czech hockey history: second place.

Present[edit]

HC Sparta Praha has regularly been one of the best teams in the Czech Extraliga, making the playoffs almost every year. HC Sparta Praha's home games are played at Tipsport Arena which is the second-largest hockey arena in the Czech Republic with a capacity of 13,150 spectators.

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