HC Balekty Are Event Newcomers!
|Wednesday, March 13, 2019|
We had the opportunity to speak with Pavel from HC Baletky, a new team to the CARHA Hockey World Cup.
We discussed their team's history, the growth of hockey in the Czech Republic, and what they're excited about in Richmond!
Tell us about your team – what’s your team name, where are you from, and when were you created?
Our hockey team is called HC Baletky (HC Ballet Dancers). Founded 20 years ago back in 1999 by a bunch of absolute amateurs who were meeting at night at an ice-rink to play hockey. So we shall be celebrating the 20th anniversary this year. There are some 35 to 40 players in the team, all of them amateurs. Most of us never played during our youth and it was love to this sport that brought us to hockey. We have a great team also because the core of the team has been playing together for a really long time. All of us are living in the vicinity of Praha, the capital city of the Czech Republic. We typically play once or twice a week. Besides that we also play a “recreational” competition in Praha.
Have you been to the CARHA Hockey World Cup in the past?
We have never been to the CARHA Hockey World Cup. It will definitely be a wonderful experience which we are very much looking forward to.
How popular has hockey become in Prague?
Ice hockey along with soccer have become the most popular sports in the Czech Republic. Once a year, together with friends we go to the World Ice Hockey Championships as spectators where we are watching and supporting the Czech national team.
What are you most excited for in the city of Richmond in 2020?
We are very much looking forward to the CARHA Hockey World Cup in 2020. We are fascinated by the participation of teams from all over the world and also by the possibility to play hockey in the home of this sport in Canada. If possible, we would also like to attend an NHL game in Vancouver.
What do you love about the game of hockey?
We all have hockey in our hearts. We can be loose on the ice but the most beautiful moments are the meetings in the dressing room before and after a match where we all share and enjoy stories and experiences.