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Cech idolizes Hasek, is pals with Mrazek

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Peter Cech
Legendary soccer goalie Peter Cech is also a pro hockey goalie in England.

His hockey idol is a former Detroit Red Wings goalie. His best friend in hockey is a former Red Wings goalie.

Peter Cech, though, is best known for stopping soccer balls. He’s a four-time English Premier champion with Chelsea. Cech also was a five-time FA Cup winner with Chelsea (four) and Arsenal (one). He was a UEFA Champions Legue winner and the former captain of the Czech Repbulic side.

Cech is also pretty handy at stopping a puck.

He plays for the Chelmsford Chieftains. They’re in the second tier of Britain’s National Ice Hockey League. Cech, 40, wears No. 39. That’s to honor his hockey hero, two-time Red Wings Stanley Cup winner Dominik Hasek.

On Tuesday, Cech was able to don the gear for a Blackhawks practice. Arrangements for this were made thanks to his other hockey buddy. That would be Chicago Blackhawks goalie and ex-Red Wings netminder Petr Mrazek,

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  • Left-winger Tyler Bertuzzi (broken hand) was back on Tuesday in the Detroit lineup

Red Wings Next Game

Detroit plays host to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday (7 p.m. ET). The Red Wings haven’t beaten the Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena since a 3-2 overtime victory on February 1, 2019.

Hockey Now Network

Pittsburgh: Injured goaltender Tristan Jarry, defenseman Jeff Petry and forward Josh Archibald all skated prior to Tuesday’s morning skate. Pittsburgh Penguins

Boston: Make no mistake, Brad Marchand is back. As a result, like his Boston Bruins teammates, he appears to be a man on a mission.

Philadelphia: Prospect Bobby Brink needs to spend the entire season in the AHL to enhance his development. Philadelphia Flyers

Florida: The Panthers were placing goalie Spencer Knight on injured reserve. Florida Panthers

Montreal: Investigating the curse of the Montreal Canadiens reverse retro jerseys.

Islanders: A blunder by Anthony Beauvillier ending up costing the New York Islanders a victory.

Washington: “We talked, and he’s frustrated, as he should be,” Washington Capitals coach Peter Laviolette told Washington Hockey Now’s Sammi Silber about former Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha.

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Colorado: Frequently the subject of trade rumors, injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram is back skating.

San Jose: San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng shares his thoughts on Mullet Arena. It’s home to the Arizona Coyotes. San Jose Sharks

Calgary: It was a Duehr do-over. The Calgary Flames were recalling forward Walker Duehr to play in his second NHL game.

Vegas: Brayden Pachal and Jake Leschyshyn are no longer among the team’s roster. Pachal has been given assignment to the Henderson Silver Knights. Leschyshyn will be joining him if he clears waivers. Vegas Golden Knights

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Mark W

Not a lot seems to have changed for Mantha. He’s still 6ft 5 and 245. He looks like he should have a big role. The coach says sometime he plays that way just not consistently enough to net him many minutes on that team. NHL career time is getting short to still be searching for the path. Everyone is frustrated.

Also read some Washington writer’s view remembering Vrana. They claim he had differences with staff and systems toward the end there. No specifics offered. The rest was explaining why they didn’t pick him up on waivers. Only a writers view no informative team quotes.

Gordon Cheswick

Methinks my assessment of why SY traded Mantha, could be true! I said basically the same thing, but added that ‘he never seemed to join in celebrating other players’. He only played when he felt like it. Extremely inconsistent! The contract from SY was an absolute gift. I don’t know how he goes into his next contract – probably looking for a longer term – and $7-8 MM a year!

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