HC Kometa Brno

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HC Kometa Brno
HC Kometa Brno logo (2012).svg
City Brno, Moravia
League Czech Extraliga
Founded1953 (1953)
Home arena DRFG Arena
(capacity: 7,700)
ColoursBlue, white
  
Owner(s) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Libor Zábranský
Head coach Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Libor Zábranský
Captain Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Zaťovič
Website www.hc-kometa.cz

HC Kometa Brno ("Comet" in English) is a professional ice hockey team based in Brno, Czech Republic. They play in the Czech Extraliga. Kometa is the most successful ice hockey club in the Czech Republic with 13 Czechoslovak (and Czech) league championship titles. Holding three European Cup titles, Kometa ranks as the most successful Czech club in international ice hockey. The team HC Kometa Brno has won two Czech championships seasons, capturing the title in both 2016–2017 and in 2017–2018.

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History

Auditorium PSG Zlin match, 29 November 2011 HC Kometa Brno v PSG Zlin 2011-11-29 (16).jpg
Auditorium PSG Zlín match, 29 November 2011

The club was founded in 1953 as an army ice hockey club with the name Rudá hvězda Brno ("Red Star"). The majority of players were transferred from two hockey clubs in Brno (TJ Spartak Brno Zbrojovka and TJ Spartak GZ Královo Pole [1] ). In 1962, the club changed its name to ZKL Brno (ZKL is an abbreviation of "Ball Bearing Factory") [2] and stopped being an army team. In 1976, the name was changed to Zetor Brno. Shortly after the revolution (1994), the club changed its name to HC Kometa Brno. "Kometa" was the team's nickname since the 1950s (as opposed to the official "Red Star") and the team was commonly referred to by this name since its beginning.

Players and fans of Kometa during 2011 post-season friendly match Rozlouceni s Kometou 2011 (083).jpg
Players and fans of Kometa during 2011 post-season friendly match

In 1996, the team was relegated from Czech Extraliga to the second highest ice hockey league, the 1st Czech Republic Hockey League. For many years, the team struggled due to poor financing and multiple changes of owners, facing relegation again in 2001–2002. The club almost ceased to exist, playing in the East division of the third-highest Czech ice hockey league. By the 2003–2004 season, it returned to the first league. In 2004, Kometa played its first playoff series since 1997, reached the semifinals in 2008, and reached the finals in 2009.

On 1 April 2009, Kometa principal investor Rene Burger bought the licence for another South Moravian club, HC Znojemští Orli. This club began to serve as a farm team for Brno. [3]

In March 2012, the team managed to defeat HC Sparta Praha, the winner of the 2011–12 Czech Extraliga regular season, in six games, qualifying for the playoff semifinals. [4] In the semifinals, they defeated HC Plzeň 1929, the runner-up of the regular season, in five games. In the final, Kometa lost the Czech Extraliga championship final to HC Pardubice in six games. [5]

Honours

Domestic

Czech Extraliga

Czech 1. Liga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

1st. Czech National Hockey League

International

IIHF European Cup

Pre-season

Spengler Cup

Rona Cup

Tipsport Hockey Cup

History of the team name

Players

Current roster

Source: hc-kometa.cz [6] Source: eliteprospects.com [7] As of February 2, 2021.

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
30 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Pavel Jekel G L25 2016 Brno, Czech Republic
7 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Bartejs D L28 2016 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
10 Flag of Slovakia.svg Dávid Bondra RW L28 2020 Annapolis, Maryland, United States
50 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Karel Vejmelka G R24 2015 Třebíč, Czech Republic
17 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vojtěch Střondala C L20 2017 Ostrava, Czech Republic
61 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Daniel Rákos LW L33 2019 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
93 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Rhett Holland D R27 2020 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
33 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Lukáš Klimeš G L26 2013 Brno, Czech Republic
77 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Filip Dvořák C R23 2015 Brno, Czech Republic
24 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Michal Gulaši D L34 2016 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
28 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Matěj Svoboda F L20 2019 Brno, Czech Republic
22 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jakub Valský RW L32 2020 Slaný, Czechoslovakia
26 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Zaťovič  ( C ) C L36 2016 Přerov, Czechoslovakia
81 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Vincour RW R30 2016 Brno, Czechoslovakia
91 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Michal Barinka D L36 2020 Vyškov, Czechoslovakia
19 Flag of Slovakia.svg Silvester Kusko LW L25 2014 Vranov nad Topľou, Slovakia
18 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Filip Král D L21 2020 Blansko, Czech Republic
27 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jakub Brabenec C L17 2019 Brno, Czech Republic
21 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jakub Klepiš RW R36 2020 Praha, Czechoslovakia
11 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Stanislav Svozil D L18 2019 Přerov, Czech Republic
3 Flag of Austria.svg Peter Schneider RW R29 2020 Klosterneuburg, Austria
25 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petr Zámorský D R28 2020 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
92 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petr Holík C L28 2018 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
94 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Radek Kučeřík D L19 2020 Kyjov, Czech Republic
53 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vojtěch Němec LW R35 2020 Česká Lípa, Czechoslovakia
80 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Daniel Kowalczyk D L20 2020 Zlín, Czech Republic
88 Flag of the United States.svg Peter Mueller C R32 2018 Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
95 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Mlčák D L19 2017 Přerov, Czech Republic
23 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Karel Plášek RW L20 2017 Přerov, Czech Republic
66 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Šoustal C R23 2020 Šternberk, Czech Republic
67 Flag of Slovakia.svg Peter Trška D L28 2020 Ilava, Czechoslovakia
22 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Süss F L22 2017 Letovice, Czech Republic

Notes

  1. "Historie » Info". www.hc-kometa.cz.
  2. Originally Závody kuličkových ložisek; this factory – now ZKL Group Brno Archived 21 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine – became the main sponsor of the club.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Kometa je v euforii a už mluví o titulu. Máme na to, tvrdí hráči". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). iDnes. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  5. "Pardubice – Brno 5:6. Stav série 1:1. Drama pro kardiaky. Kometa přetlačila Pardubice, padlo 11 gólů!" (in Czech). Sport.cz. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  6. "Team Roster / HC Kometa Brno". www.hc-kometa.cz. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  7. "Team Roster / HC Kometa Brno". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 28 March 2020.

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