European Updates #4

Jakub Kovar

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Nedved vs. Kovar

As predicted, two former Flyers, Petr Nedved and Jakub Kovar will face each other when their respective teams start their series next week. It will be an interesting and highly-anticipated matchup.

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Mike York

Former Flyer Mike York, who suited up in the 2006-07 season, broke his leg during practice. He underwent surgery and will be out for the remainder of the season. York plays for Iserlohn in Germany. He recorded 33 points in 47 games, which places him fourth on the team in scoring.

Jaromir Jagr on Ilya Bryzgalov

Jagr wrote some interesting thoughts about Ilya Bryzgalov at his own isport.cz blog.

Tomas Divisek

Tomas Divisek

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Kladno lost their first game of qualification to Brno by a 5-2 count. Goaltender Jan Chabera suggested the loss was due to Kladno’s lack of experience. Briefly-tenured Flyer, Tomas Divisek recorded three assists for Brno. The next game is scheduled today, 11.30 a.m. (et) (17.30 CET).

Tomas Divisek is a Czechoslovakian former Flyer who served an important role for the team’s AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Divisek was born on July 19, 1979 in Most, Czechoslovakia. He played most of his career for Slavia, where he made his debut in 1996-97. Two years later he joined the Slavia main team.

In the 1998-99 season, Canada held World Junior Championship. Even though that Czech team struggled, Divisek recorded 9 points (2G, 7A). He was drafted by the Flyers in the 7th round, 195th overall, in 1998.

Divisek spent three years with the Flyers organization, but played primarily for the Phantoms. He played only 5 games for Flyers and recorded one goal — against Tampa Bay on November 8, 2001.

He recorded 112 points (41 goals and 71 assists) in 169 regular-season games for the Phantoms, prior to being moved to the Springfield Falcons. In what turned out to be his final stint in North America, he recorded three points (two gals and one assist) in nine game for Springfield.

Following that season, he returned to the Czech Republic and signed with top Extraliga team, HC Pardubice, where he spent 3 seasons. He won the title with Pardubice in 2005 along with Milan Hejduk and Jan Bulis.

Divisek later played for Slavia, Plzen, and then again for Pardubice, where he won his second title.

He currently plays for HC Kometa Brno (HC Comet Brno), a team competing with Kladno to qualify for a playoff spot.