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    Foreigners in the Czech Republic

    I am not including Slovaks, as I am too lazy because there are obviously quite a few of them.

    Foreign players playing in the 1.liga/2.liga (not including Slovaks)

    1.liga

    České Budějovice
    Rok Pajic - Slovenia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=16066

    Jihlava
    Miha Stebih - Slovenia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=20419

    Kladno
    Brendon Nash - Canada - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=32176
    Yuki Miura - Japan - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=277409

    Slavia Prague
    Ziga Pavlin - Slovenia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=15972
    Nathan Robinson - Canada - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=13399
    János Vos - Hungary - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=520

    Sumperk
    Brandon Maxwell - Canada/USA - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=17492 - loan from Pardubice
    Ludwig Niederbach - Sweden - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=86314 - loan from Pardubice

    Třebíč
    Dakota Klecha - USA - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=97237

    2.liga -

    Havlíčkúv Brod
    Kirill Vlasov - Russia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=187439

    Hodonín
    Alexei Komlev - Russia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=121939 --- tryout
    Maxim Kropotin - Russia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=121939 --- tryout

    HC Pelhřimov
    Charles Baldwin - USA - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=90278 --- tryout
    Cameron Rossman - USA - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=62300 --- tryout

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    Was Yuki born in CZ? Seems odd how he's only played there.

    Also what is the deal with the CZ and Slovak leagues with their lack of foreign signings? Most teams seem to operate with just natives. Not a bad thing just always wondered why
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garethw87 View Post
    Was Yuki born in CZ? Seems odd how he's only played there.

    Also what is the deal with the CZ and Slovak leagues with their lack of foreign signings? Most teams seem to operate with just natives. Not a bad thing just always wondered why
    No, he was born in Japan. In all his interviews he talks about how he has had to adjust to Czech culture, trying to learn the language and what its like to leave his family. Its just EP not knowing/updating where he played before he left Japan. In the IIHF tournaments, he was listed as playing with Waseda University.

    Slovak side of things, talent level of the league and money is a huge issue. This summer brings a perfect example of this, way too many clubs are having money problems
    Czechs dont have as big of a money problem though outside the Extraliga and a couple of the clubs in 1.Liga there certainly isnt a bunch of it but players can still find a better payday elsewhere. This is also just my opinion, but I always get the impression Westerners look..."weirdly" at the Czech Republic and Slovakia, they dont really get lumped in with Eastern Europe, but its still kind of there and would rather live in Switzerland, Austria, Scandinavia and the likes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    No, he was born in Japan. In all his interviews he talks about how he has had to adjust to Czech culture, trying to learn the language and what its like to leave his family. Its just EP not knowing/updating where he played before he left Japan. In the IIHF tournaments, he was listed as playing with Waseda University.

    Slovak side of things, talent level of the league and money is a huge issue. This summer brings a perfect example of this, way too many clubs are having money problems
    Czechs dont have as big of a money problem though outside the Extraliga and a couple of the clubs in 1.Liga there certainly isnt a bunch of it but players can still find a better payday elsewhere. This is also just my opinion, but I always get the impression Westerners look..."weirdly" at the Czech Republic and Slovakia, they dont really get lumped in with Eastern Europe, but its still kind of there and would rather live in Switzerland, Austria, Scandinavia and the likes.
    A less important factor than economy/"eastern Europness" of CZE/SVK, might also be that some of the Czech/Slovak coaches, especially older ones prefer Czech/Slovak imports due to the cultural similarity/common hockey history. I mean that was that time when Miloš Říha was coaching Spartak Moscow a few years back and I think that all his import spots were filled by Slovaks even in the KHL.

    But this also varies from club to club, i.e. in Slovakia Banská Bystrica for example in recent seasons has been pretty active in getting NA imports, probably thanks to the connections of the NHL/Euro players that once grew up there and now are working within the club.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    No, he was born in Japan. In all his interviews he talks about how he has had to adjust to Czech culture, trying to learn the language and what its like to leave his family. Its just EP not knowing/updating where he played before he left Japan. In the IIHF tournaments, he was listed as playing with Waseda University.

    Slovak side of things, talent level of the league and money is a huge issue. This summer brings a perfect example of this, way too many clubs are having money problems
    Czechs dont have as big of a money problem though outside the Extraliga and a couple of the clubs in 1.Liga there certainly isnt a bunch of it but players can still find a better payday elsewhere. This is also just my opinion, but I always get the impression Westerners look..."weirdly" at the Czech Republic and Slovakia, they dont really get lumped in with Eastern Europe, but its still kind of there and would rather live in Switzerland, Austria, Scandinavia and the likes.
    Quote Originally Posted by jaaa View Post
    A less important factor than economy/"eastern Europness" of CZE/SVK, might also be that some of the Czech/Slovak coaches, especially older ones prefer Czech/Slovak imports due to the cultural similarity/common hockey history. I mean that was that time when Miloš Říha was coaching Spartak Moscow a few years back and I think that all his import spots were filled by Slovaks even in the KHL.

    But this also varies from club to club, i.e. in Slovakia Banská Bystrica for example in recent seasons has been pretty active in getting NA imports, probably thanks to the connections of the NHL/Euro players that once grew up there and now are working within the club.
    Thanks guys! I appreciate the info. I can kind of understand the 'where the hell is CZ/SVK/' Is it Eastern Europe, is it Central Europe? People here in England don't seem to know so I'm sure the US/CAN really don't have a clue! I guess its good for the fans and for the national teams that the league is basically all natives.

    The money problems do seem to be plaguing hockey at the moment. Maybe one day we'll see the CZ/SVK/SLO Extraliga? :D
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    I think Dakota Klecha has moved on to a trial with Opole in Poland.

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    Charles Baldwin has signed a 1-year contract with Trebic in the 1.liga

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    From the 2.liga...

    Hodonin have another Russian on their roster - Nikita Garanin

    http://www.shkhodonin.cz/hrac.asp?id...&kategorie=MUZ

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=106523

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    Sumperk
    Ivan Puzic - Croatia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=190263

    He has been with Vitkovice since U16, but has recently been sent on loan to 1 liga side Sumperk.

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    Canadian, Kurt Etchegary (20-years old), is currently on a try out with Benatky in the 1.liga. Last year he was the captain of the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL. So far he has played in 1 game with 1 point.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=122124

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    According to the Benatky website, Kurt will be with the club for a month and after they will see if they want to keep him.

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    Kurt played 3 games for Benatky scoring 1 goal and getting 2 assists. He hurt his hand in the last game (a few days ago) and returned back to Canada for treatment.

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    Kurt has moved on to the Norfolk Admirals in the ECHL.

    Nova Praka - 4th div
    Alexei Shamolin - Russia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=99707
    Alexander Suvorov - Russia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=267411
    Yaroslav Uchin - Russia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=225209

    All three above players were with Trutnov in the 3rd div earlier this season.

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    Slavia Prague - 1 liga
    Henri Tuominen - Finland - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38184

    Opava - 2 liga
    Paul Mocher - Austria - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=318807

    Frydek-Mistek - 2 liga
    Aron Chmielewski - Poland - On loan from Trebic - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=35887

    Jindrichuv Hradec - 2 liga
    Nazar Babchuk - Ukraine - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=236803

    Pelhrimov - 2 liga
    Gordy Bonnel - USA - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=131827

    There are now 15 Russians playing in the 2 liga (3rd div).

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player...ch3&NationID=9

    HC Certi Ostrov - 4 liga
    Damir Hasic - Unknown - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=404060

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigma View Post
    Sumperk
    Ivan Puzic - Croatia - http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=190263

    He has been with Vitkovice since U16, but has recently been sent on loan to 1 liga side Sumperk.

    He left Croatia in age of 15, similiar to Rendulic. His youth team is KHL Zagreb.

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