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SBN Mock Draft: Bolts Select Jakub Vrana

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With a safe pick in our back pocket, we felt it best to swing for the fences with the 28th overall pick and selected dynamic Czech winger Jakub Vrana.

Vrbata updates contract status in Czech interview

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A translated Radim Vrbata's interview with Czech Republic website.

2011 NHL Draft Profile: David Musil, the Czech-Canadian

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Looking at the falling stock of David Musil, the big Czech defenseman once seen as a lottery pick but now pegged to go late in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

European Power Play

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On the first full day of sessions at the 2010 World Hockey Summit, European federations spoke out against the practice of Canadian and American major junior players taking import players. For a...

Patrik Elias wins Golden Stick Award for being Best Czech Hockey Player in the World

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The original news article is in Slovak, so here's the same page after a Google translation to English. Big, big hat tip to Jonathan Willis of the Copper and Blue for bringing up this news. It is named to whom the media thinks was the best hockey player from the Czech Republic in this past season. Elias led all Czechs in scoring in the NHL last season, and the NHL currently recognizes him as the best Czech player in the league. A clear slam dunk over, say Jaromir Jagr playing in the KHL. According to the article, it's the first time Elias has ever won the award - breaking a 4 year winning streak by Jagr. Congratulations to Patrik Elias for earning the Golden Stick Award.

Ales Hemsky: 10th Best Czech Hockey Player?

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A look at the voting for the Golden Hockey Stick - awarded every year to the best Czech hockey player in the world.

The declining influence of Russia and Central Europe in the NHL draft

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Just six Russian players were taken on Friday and Saturday, down from a high of 41 in 2000, and those that are being picked are expressing an explicit desire to play in North America.

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