HC Kladno

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Rytíři Kladno
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CityKladno, Czech Republic
LeagueCzech 1. Liga
Founded1924 (1924)
Home arenaZimní Stadion (Capacity: 5,200)
Colourswhite, blue          
Owner(s)Czech Republic Jaromír Jágr
Head coachCzech Republic Jindřich Lidický
CaptainCzech Republic Jakub Strnad
Websitewww.hc-kladno.cz

Hockey Club Kladno, also known as Rytíři Kladno (Kladno Knights) is a Czech professional ice hockey team based in the city of Kladno. They are currently a member of the Chance liga following relegation at the conclusion of the 2013–2014 season of the Czech Extraliga.[1] The team president and co-owner is Jaromír Jágr, a famous former NHL player.

History[edit]

Kladno was a particularly strong team in the late 1970s, when it won four consecutive league titles (1975–1978), and again in 1980. The team's star, Milan Nový, was league MVP in 1977, 1981, and 1982, and won six scoring titles. František Pospíšil was league MVP in 1971 and 1972.

Before season 1997/1998 happened what everyone expected for some time, Kladno lost its longtime sponsor, ironworks Huť Poldi. After a long time the Poldi disappeared from Kladno hockey jerseys and the successes that this famous club has achieved in previous years have also disappeared and was de facto always last. Primarily the lack of funds did not allow to management improvement of club cadre and the main coach resigned.

Despite the departure of a number of players abroad, Kladno did not go bad after 2003 and celebrated return to the Czech highest-level league. However after the season 2012-13 Kladno performed poorly in the extraliga. Nor the withdrawal of coaches helped, and the co-sponsorship of Rene Burger the team reached the highest league again after the 12 years.

Jaromír Jágr played for his hometown Kladno for parts of four seasons, including during the NHL lockouts in 1994, 2004, and 2012. In January 2018, Jágr was assigned to HC Kladno after a partial season with the Calgary Flames.[2]

During the 2010–2011 season, the team was docked 6 points for having used players who were not correctly registered to the club, an affair which also involved the clubs BK Mladá Boleslav and HC Plzeň.[3]

Club names[edit]

  • 1924 – HOSK Kladno
  • 1948 – Sokol Kladno
  • 1977 – Poldi SONP Kladno
  • 1995 – HC Poldi Kladno
  • 1997 – HC Velvana Kladno
  • 2000 – HC Vagnerplast Kladno
  • 2003 – HC Rabat Kladno
  • 2007 – HC GEUS OKNA Kladno
  • 2010 – HC Vagnerplast Kladno
  • 2011 – Rytíři Kladno

Summary of league participations[edit]

Honors[edit]

Champions[edit]

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Czechoslovakia Championships (6): 1959, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) European Championships (1): 1977

NHL alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-02-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Jagr assigned to hometown team HC Kladno". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  3. ^ "Rozhodnuto: Plzeň, Mladá Boleslav i Kladno přijdou o body". Česká televize (in Czech). 19 November 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2013.

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