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07-10-2012, 08:51 AM
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who knows? They have no money as I know
Yeah, they have huge financial problems going into the season.

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07-11-2012, 11:01 AM
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Fantastic news. Good job, KHL! Show them who's boss.
Apparently it wasn't a done deal yet. Latest articles speak about "No to O2 arena" and Lev sharing an arena (Tipsport Arena) with HC Sparta Praha.

http://www.sport.cz/hokej/kontinenta...du.html#hp-sez

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07-12-2012, 02:22 AM
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Apparently it wasn't a done deal yet. Latest articles speak about "No to O2 arena" and Lev sharing an arena (Tipsport Arena) with HC Sparta Praha.

http://www.sport.cz/hokej/kontinenta...du.html#hp-sez
That's a letdown, really. At least it has a big capacity (compared to other KHL arenas): 13k+.

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07-13-2012, 09:18 AM
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On the contrary I think it's a good thing.

Tipsport is probably cheaper to rent, meaning the club can charge less for tickets and try to fill more of those seats which will be easier to do in a smaller arena (though still plenty big). Atmosphere will be much better.

Doesn't make sense to play in O2 anyway when we don't know what the crowds will be like. If they sell out Tipsport regularly then it will make more sense to move to a bigger arena.

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07-14-2012, 06:54 AM
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On the contrary I think it's a good thing.

Tipsport is probably cheaper to rent, meaning the club can charge less for tickets and try to fill more of those seats which will be easier to do in a smaller arena (though still plenty big). Atmosphere will be much better.

Doesn't make sense to play in O2 anyway when we don't know what the crowds will be like. If they sell out Tipsport regularly then it will make more sense to move to a bigger arena.
Totally agree.

Many fans has deeper relationship to Tipsport arena too. You know,
O2 arena is perceived as symbol of new age. I can't remember some legendary point in O2 arena(we lost QF WC 2004 by Andy Roach there ), only point of bussines.

I guess, Sparta Praha fans going to Tipsport arena in heartbeat and everybody remember great wins over there (for example Jirka Sejba winner goal at WC 85)

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07-14-2012, 07:24 AM
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Hard-core Sparta fans are preparing boycott of home matches of Sparta. At the moment - 2 guy
http://www.hs-sparta.cz/forum/

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07-14-2012, 08:31 AM
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Hard-core Sparta fans are preparing boycott of home matches of Sparta. At the moment - 2 guy
http://www.hs-sparta.cz/forum/
You can say 1 guy, because i will cancel my boycott (2 seasons) of Sparta home matches. I had boycott since the APK (3 Sparta members) refused KHL in "my" country...

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Tipsport is big and all but it's age is a con. The arena is not as comfortable as O2 and from what I heard it's cold in there during matches.

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07-15-2012, 05:30 AM
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Tipsport is big and all but it's age is a con. The arena is not as comfortable as O2 and from what I heard it's cold in there during matches.
people are too spoilt these days just keep your jacket on and take some vodka to keep you warm

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Nobody but Sparta fans give a **** about Tipsport Arena. Other hockey fans in Prague won't really perceive it as a neutral ground (O2 arena is, it's not really perceived as anyone's ground, not even Slavia's) and the rest of the people are spoilt and go only if it enhances their social status (O2 arena = important, Tipsport Arena = doesn't even know it exists or vaguely knows). But it's still only 13k, Prague's metro is 2.3M and they can even atract few outsiders. Initial excitement can fill it and the rest is on them (Czech sport teams are usually quite bad at marketing).

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Jiri Novotny signs a long term deal with Lev... hooray!

http://hokej.cz/index.php?lng=CZ&view=clanek&id=57629

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07-22-2012, 12:51 AM
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Hooray for old arenas!!! Pilsen, Old Karlovy Vary, Brehmstrasse, Friedrichspark etc....

I know you can't turn back time and everything, but many fans don't even like the new, generic, modern state of the art arenas that much....

More elaborate post coming up tomorrow, when I'm sober, or maybe not.

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07-26-2012, 10:05 AM
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HC Lev Praha's lineup looks quite strong to me.

Drew McIntyre
Tomas Pöpperle

Tomas Mojzis - Ondrej Nemec
Alexandre Picard - Mattias Porseland
Nathan Oystrick - Michal Sersen
Juraj Mikus - Jiri Hunkes

Marcel Hossa - Jiri Novotny - Michal Repik
Lubos Bartecko - Petr Vrana - Jakub Klepis
Michal Birner - Erik Christensen - Paul Szczechura
Tomas Surovy - Juraj Mikus - Tomas Rachunek
Jiri Sekac - Vitali Karamnov - Jaroslav Svoboda

They should at least make the playoffs next year.

How much support will this club get from Prague hockey fans? Lev Praha is far better than any Czech Extraleague club but will it be enough to win the hearts and minds of the fans?

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07-26-2012, 11:12 AM
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HC Lev Praha's lineup looks quite strong to me.

Drew McIntyre
Tomas Pöpperle

Tomas Mojzis - Ondrej Nemec
Alexandre Picard - Mattias Porseland
Nathan Oystrick - Michal Sersen
Juraj Mikus - Jiri Hunkes

Marcel Hossa - Jiri Novotny - Michal Repik
Lubos Bartecko - Petr Vrana - Jakub Klepis
Michal Birner - Erik Christensen - Paul Szczechura
Tomas Surovy - Juraj Mikus - Tomas Rachunek
Jiri Sekac - Vitali Karamnov - Jaroslav Svoboda

They should at least make the playoffs next year.

How much support will this club get from Prague hockey fans? Lev Praha is far better than any Czech Extraleague club but will it be enough to win the hearts and minds of the fans?

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07-26-2012, 11:22 AM
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C Mikus is rumoured to Slovan, trade

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07-26-2012, 12:35 PM
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HC Lev Praha's lineup looks quite strong to me.

Drew McIntyre
Tomas Pöpperle

Tomas Mojzis - Ondrej Nemec
Alexandre Picard - Mattias Porseland
Nathan Oystrick - Michal Sersen
Juraj Mikus - Jiri Hunkes

Marcel Hossa - Jiri Novotny - Michal Repik
Lubos Bartecko - Petr Vrana - Jakub Klepis
Michal Birner - Erik Christensen - Paul Szczechura
Tomas Surovy - Juraj Mikus - Tomas Rachunek
Jiri Sekac - Vitali Karamnov - Jaroslav Svoboda

They should at least make the playoffs next year.

How much support will this club get from Prague hockey fans? Lev Praha is far better than any Czech Extraleague club but will it be enough to win the hearts and minds of the fans?
I remain sceptical and think they won't have much support from the beginning, 5-6k per game I predict. But I like their team a lot and the support will grow with success, full house during the PO. Honestly, I'd be disappointed if they didn't make final 8 in the PO with this team.

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07-26-2012, 04:19 PM
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I'd be disappointed if they didn't make final 8 in the PO with this team.
Prepare to be disappointed then. Look at Donbass, SKA, Dynamo, Lokomotiv's rosters too. CSKA with Radulov, and maybe Atlant will be in the mix as well. It's not Extraleague anymore...

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07-26-2012, 06:44 PM
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Prepare to be disappointed then. Look at Donbass, SKA, Dynamo, Lokomotiv's rosters too. CSKA with Radulov, and maybe Atlant will be in the mix as well. It's not Extraleague anymore...
I find Lev's lineup strong enough to break top 8 in Western conference.

I would split Western conference to five different groups based on their lineup next season. Here are the groups.

1. group: SKA, CSKA
2. group: Lev, Atlant, Lokomotiv, Dynamo Moscow
3. group: Dynamo Minsk, Donbass, Torpedo
4. group: Dynamo Riga, Severstal, Spartak,
5. group: Slovan, Vityaz

Lev belongs to second group with Atlant, Lokomotiv and Dynamo Moscow. They are a top 6 team in the West on paper, but is that enough remains to be seen. It also helps that the core of this team is Czech and Slovak players and not North American mercenaries like in Minsk.

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I find Lev's lineup strong enough to break top 8 in Western conference.
Wow, that's one hell of a brave prediction/observation to make! Zorz was talking about final eight, thus conference semi-finals not play-offs as such.

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Would be nice for Bratislava, they will need some help with scoring.

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Would be nice for Bratislava, they will need some help with scoring.
Yep. He can produce some unpredictable wrist shots. Anyway, i like him. Looks like too many C's on Lev team. I'd like to get young winger on his spot.

just thinking about Jakub Matai (93) He has experience in KHL, 19 GP 0+1
What position he played last year in KHL,MHL Is he winger ? Has he still contract with Tatranskí Vlci ?


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Has he still contract with Tatranskí Vlci ?
IMO not. Similar situation like HC LEV Poprad, all players are UFA, although they had 2y deal.

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IMO not. Similar situation like HC LEV Poprad, all players are UFA, although they had 2y deal.
I thought they will continue to play?

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