Ice hockey forward Richard Zedník is not training for the World Championship (due to be played between April 29 and May 15 in Bratislava and Košice) with the rest of the team and will lose the chance to play in the national team. After a warm-up match at Košice’s Steel Arena on Wednesday, April 13, that Slovakia lost 2:5, Zedník’s departure was confirmed by national team coach Glen Hanlon.
“Richard [Zedník] decided to leave the team after training on Tuesday and to not play for Slovakia in the World Championship. It is for him to explain the reasons,” Hanlon said, as quoted by the Sme daily.
Zedník is said to have had muscle problems in premier league play-offs in Sweden, where he plays; then last week, at a training camp in Trenčín, he injured his leg. However, dissatisfaction over his position in the team might also have been behind his decision to leave. Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj and forward Tomáš Tatar will also be absent from the national team.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Apr 2011 at 14:00