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 2016–17 and in 2017–18.

HC Kometa Brno
CityBrno, Czech Republic
LeagueCzech Extraliga
Founded1953 (1953)
Home arenaWinning Group Arena
(capacity: 7,700)
ColoursBlue, white
   
Owner(s)Libor Zábranský
Head coachJaroslav Modrý
CaptainMartin Zaťovič
AffiliateSK Horácká Slavia Třebíč
Websitewww.hc-kometa.cz

History edit

 
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

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 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 edit

Domestic edit

Czech Extraliga

Czech 1. Liga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

1st. Czech National Hockey League

International edit

IIHF European Cup

Pre-season edit

Spengler Cup

  •   Winners (1): 1955
  •   Runners-up (1): 1957

Rona Cup

  •   Winners (1): 2014

Tipsport Hockey Cup

  •   Winners (1): 2008

History of the team name edit

  • 1953 – Rudá hvězda Brno
  • 1962 – TJ ZKL Brno
  • 1976 – TJ Zetor Brno
  • 1990 – HC Zetor Brno
  • 1993 – HC Královopolská Brno
  • 1994 – HC Kometa Brno
  • 1995 – HC Kometa Brno BVV
  • 1997 – HC Kometa Brno

Players edit

Current roster edit

Source: hc-kometa.cz[6]Source: eliteprospects.com[7]As of January 25, 2022.

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
88   Kristián Pospíšil LW L 28 2022 Zvolen, Slovakia
95   Lukáš Doudera D L 26 2021 Kladno, Czech Republic
98   Radovan Pavlík LW L 26 2021 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
38   Adam Zbořil C L 28 2021 Brno, Czech Republic
7   Tomáš Bartejs D L 31 2016 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
29   Jan Mlčák D L 22 2017 Přerov, Czech Republic
61   Daniel Rákos LW L 36 2019 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
93   Rhett Holland D R 30 2020 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
24   Michal Gulaši D L 37 2016 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
26   Martin Zaťovič (C) C L 39 2016 Přerov, Czechoslovakia
81   Tomáš Vincour RW R 33 2016 Brno, Czechoslovakia
92   Petr Holík C L 32 2018 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
44   David Ostřížek LW L 33 2021 Frýdek-Místek, Czechoslovakia
4   Radek Kučeřík D L 22 2020 Kyjov, Czech Republic
8   Marek Ďaloga D L 35 2021 Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
16   Luboš Horký RW R 26 2016 Znojmo, Czech Republic
25   Vladimír Roth D R 33 2021 Prague, Czechoslovakia
72   Andrej Kollár C R 24 2021 Nitra, Slovakia
90   Martin Dočekal LW L 33 2021 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
6   Lukáš Cingel C L 31 2023 Žilina, Slovakia
65   Tomáš Marcinko C R 36 2023 Poprad, Czechoslovakia
9   Jakub Flek LW L 31 2022 Mariánské Lázně, Czechoslovakia

Gallery edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ "Historie » Info". 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. ^ "Hokej.cz - Kometa Brno se po třinácti letech vrací do extraligy! Koupila licenci od Znojma". Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  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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