Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Czechs Out

The only prospects to see action on Tuesday evening also happen to be the Rangers only 2 prospects from the Czech Republic. Both player's teams however struggled and lost at home.

Tomas Kundratek (2008 3rd) had a secondary assist on a power play goal as Medicine Hat lost to the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-1 at home. For Kundratek it was his 13th assist on the season but it was not enough.

Kundratek did take 2 roughing minors in the game but that does remind us that we need to give him some credit for.

We have been remiss in not giving Kundratek credit for this season has been his keeping the gloves on. Last season perhaps in part due to enjoying his jump to North America, Kundratek got into a few fights that maybe he should not have.

As talented a player as a Kundratek is, the lesson he needed to learn was when to drop the gloves and when not to. So far this season, Kundratek has heeded that lesson as the Tigers need his presence on the ice not in the penalty box.

Roman Horak (2009 5th) on the other hand has not experienced his first North American fight and with his talent we hope he doesn't experience it for a long time. Horak is quickly establishing himself as a solid 2 way forward for the Chilliwack Bruins and they can ill afford Horak spending a lot of time in the penalty box.

Horak was kind enough to take the time to talk to us over the phone for a profile that will be featured in the December Issue of the Blueshirt Bulletin today. His Bruin team then was an even more generous host as they lost to the Kootenay Ice 7-2.

Horak on the game was a -1 with a tripping minor but this was a matchup of a rebuilding team going up against a team on the rise. The Bruins fell to 2 games under 500 with the loss at 12-14-1-4 but are very much in the playoff hunt playing in a division where only one team has a winning record.


Let us send our congrats to one time Ranger Tony Amonte as he was enshrined in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Amonte was joined by Tom Barrasso, John LeClair, the late Frank Zamboni and the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team.

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