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Martin Straka wins his first career championship

Postby Tomas on Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:18 pm

Straka's HC Pilsen 1929 (he also owns the team) just beat Slavia Prague (series 4:2). Straka will play the first finals series (in any league) of his life at the age of 40.

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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby relantel on Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:11 pm

Go Marty!
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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby DudeMan2766 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:26 pm

That is pretty awesome. One of the good guys.
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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby JS© on Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:58 pm

definitely a better pic than last year's pic of sad Straka

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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby Rylan on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:39 pm

I can't believe he is only 40. I figured he would be much older than that.
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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:53 pm

He looks much older than that
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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby Gaucho on Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:46 am

Straka played in the 96 Cup Finals, no? I seem to remember him appearing in at least one game, but maybe my memory deceives me.
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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby relantel on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:28 am

Gaucho wrote:Straka played in the 96 Cup Finals, no? I seem to remember him appearing in at least one game, but maybe my memory deceives me.

Yes. He was on the Panthers team that upset the Pens in the conf finals.
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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby Tomas on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:57 am

Gaucho wrote:Straka played in the 96 Cup Finals, no? I seem to remember him appearing in at least one game, but maybe my memory deceives me.


Ooops... :oops: Completely forgot about that...
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:11 pm

Oh I thought the contention was that he hadn't played in those finals. I know he didn't play the whole playoffs.
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby relantel on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:16 pm

seems he played game 1 of the finals at least:
http://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscor ... 40COL.html
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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby bh on Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:45 pm

MRandall25 wrote:He looks much older than that

you ain't kiddin. He really has the Grizzled vet look going on.
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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby Desiato on Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:52 pm

MRandall25 wrote:He looks much older than that


Only because he doesn't shave his head or dye his beard. More guys dye their beards than you may think. Gray comes early.
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby FreeCandy44 on Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:47 pm

Hopefully he avoids the weight bench.
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby Tomas on Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:24 pm

Game 1:
No. 3 HC Skoda Pilsen (Straka, Hollweg,...) @ No. 1 PSG Zlin (Cajanek, Balastik,...)

Pilsen won 3:0. Straka with 2 assists. Game 2 on Wednesday.

Game summary:
http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... _hokej_bem

Video highlights:
http://www.sport.cz/hokej/extraliga/cla ... aneni.html
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby Tomas on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:41 pm

Game 2:

Pilsen at Zlin 2:3 (SO victory). Series tied 1:1

Straka 1 goal.

Straka looking really grizzled (the second half of the video clip):

http://hokej.idnes.cz/druhe-finale-extr ... 4_hokej_tp
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Re: Martin Straka in his career first league finals

Postby RxBandit66 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:17 pm

MRandall25 wrote:He looks much older than that


He does, but I'd be willing to bet that he can still outskate the majority of forwards in the NHL. In terms of passing, he'd still be in the top 10%.
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby Tomas on Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:09 am

Game 3 in Pilsen:

Zlin 3 - Pilsen 0.

Zlin leads the series 2:1
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby IMFC on Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:40 am

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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby Tomas on Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:17 pm

Game 4 (in Pilsen):

Zlin 2 - Pilsen 5

Straka 1+0.

Series (best of 7) tied 2:2

Game 5 will be played on Wednesday in Zlin
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby Godric on Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:54 pm

Straka was my favorite player when I was a kid. Just loved the way the guy played. I always tried to be like him.
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby relantel on Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:38 am

thanks for the updates, Tomas! Greatly appreciated :)
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby Tomas on Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:23 pm

relantel wrote:thanks for the updates, Tomas! Greatly appreciated :)


Sure, you are welcome. I am not a fan of either of the teams, but I am rooting for Straka to finally win one title to conclude his great career. Him and Jagr are pretty much the last active players I have known personally, and while I respect Jagr (especially lately), I really liked Straka. One reason was that he never waited for me to greet him, but if he noticed me first, he immediately said "hello" himself. That un-star, unassuming, polite behavior goes a long way in my book. (I like to think it was NOT because despite the same age, I got a good head start on Straka in terms of graying and balding - even in my 20's :) ).

[Incidentally, among the members of media, the similar level of politeness has always been expressed mainly by - none other than Mark Madden.]
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby Tomas on Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:28 pm

Game 5:

Pilsen at Zlin: 2:1

Straka with an assist

Pilsen leads the series 3:2 and can win the league title at home on Friday.

Interestingly, Pilsen had so many injured D-men that they suited their defense coach Jaroslav Spacek (who only played in some old-timer rec league during the last year). The tem told him to suit up yesterday, and Spacek said he felt so nervous that he could not sleep last night. He ended with the assist on the GWG.
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Re: Martin Straka in his first Czech league finals

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:34 pm

Is that the same Jaroslav Spacek from the Montreal Canadiens?
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