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Slovakia: Czech ice hockey team warm up ahead of Canada semi-final

Slovakia, Bratislava
May 24, 2019 at 14:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Players of the Czech national ice hockey team held a pre-match training in Bratislava on Friday, ahead of their IIHF World Championship semi-final clash against Canada.

Some of the players, including NHL stars Radek Faksa, Ondrej Palat and Radko Gudas were seen playing football outside Ondrej Nepela Arena. Many, as forwards Jacub Vrana and Philip Chytil, decided to make the most of their training time ahead of the match and practiced on ice with the goalkeepers.

Calgary Flames winger Michael Frolik and Philadelphia Flyers' Jacub Voracek skipped the training and chose instead to rest, after Thursday's hard-fought quarter-final against Germany, which Milos Riha's side won 5-1.

The 2019 ice hockey world championship semi-final between Czech Republic and Canada will take place in Bratislava on Saturday, at 20:15 local time (18:15 GMT).

Before that, Russia and Finland will come out on ice of Ondrej Nepela Arena at 16:15 local time (14:15 GMT) to determine the first finalist of the tournament.

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Players of the Czech national ice hockey team held a pre-match training in Bratislava on Friday, ahead of their IIHF World Championship semi-final clash against Canada.

Some of the players, including NHL stars Radek Faksa, Ondrej Palat and Radko Gudas were seen playing football outside Ondrej Nepela Arena. Many, as forwards Jacub Vrana and Philip Chytil, decided to make the most of their training time ahead of the match and practiced on ice with the goalkeepers.

Calgary Flames winger Michael Frolik and Philadelphia Flyers' Jacub Voracek skipped the training and chose instead to rest, after Thursday's hard-fought quarter-final against Germany, which Milos Riha's side won 5-1.

The 2019 ice hockey world championship semi-final between Czech Republic and Canada will take place in Bratislava on Saturday, at 20:15 local time (18:15 GMT).

Before that, Russia and Finland will come out on ice of Ondrej Nepela Arena at 16:15 local time (14:15 GMT) to determine the first finalist of the tournament.

W/S Czech ice hockey players playing football outside Ondrej Nepela Arena, Bratislava

C/U Czech Forward Radek Faksa [foreground] and defenseman Jan Rutta [background]

M/S Defenseman Radko Gudas

M/S Forward Dmitrij Yaskin playing football

W/S Czech hockey players playing football

M/S Forward Ondrej Palat on football pitch

W/S Czech hockey players playing football

M/S Defenseman Jan Rutta

M/S Czech hockey players playing football

M/S Forward Radek Faksa and Ondrej Palat

M/S Czech hockey players playing football

M/S Ondrej Palat and teammates playing football

M/S Czech hockey players playing football

M/S Forward Jacub Vrana training on ice

W/S Czech hockey players training

M/S Forward Philip Chytil on ice

W/S Czech hockey players training

M/S Goalkeeper Simon Hrubec

M/S Forward Dominik Simon speaking to journalists

SOT, Dominik Simon, forward of the Czech national ice hockey team: "They [Canada] have a whole team of great players. They are obviously a well balanced team. It's gonna be hard to play against them. But Switzerland and some other teams showed that they are playable. We just focus on ourselves and do our best to beat them."

M/S Defenseman Radko Gudas speaking to journalists *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Radko Gudas, defenseman of the Czech national ice hockey team: "They are great team, they have four lines that are capable of scoring goals even in the last seconds. We have to be aware of all of them and we can't take anybody lightly. They have a team that does not give up till last seconds like they have shown. It's going to be a great challenge for us for sure."

C/U International Ice Hockey Federation logo *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Jacub Vrana, forward of the Czech national ice hockey team: "I mean, it's only one game you play. Every team can lose, we have a lot of confidence and a pretty good team to show what we can do. But, you know, just head down and work hard and then go out there and play our best."

W/S Forward Jacub Vrana training one-timer shots

M/S Forward Jacub Vrana training one-timer shots

W/S Czech hockey players holding a pre-match training, Bratislava

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