HC Kometa Brno

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.

HC Kometa Brno
HC Kometa Brno logo (2012).svg
CityBrno, Moravia
LeagueCzech Extraliga
Founded1953 (1953)
Home arenaDRFG Arena
(capacity: 7,700)
ColoursBlue, white
   
Owner(s)Czech Republic Libor Zábranský
Head coachCzech Republic Jiří Kalous
CaptainCzech Republic Martin Zaťovič
Websitewww.hc-kometa.cz

HistoryEdit

 
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]

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Czech Extraliga

Czech 1. Liga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

1st. Czech National Hockey League

InternationalEdit

IIHF European Cup

Pre-seasonEdit

Spengler Cup

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

Rona Cup

  •   Winners (1): 2014

Tipsport Hockey Cup

  •   Winners (1): 2008

History of the team nameEdit

  • 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

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Source: hc-kometa.cz[6]Source: eliteprospects.com[7]As of September 9, 2021.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
33   Lukáš Klimeš G L 27 2013 Brno, Czech Republic
98   Radovan Pavlík LW L 23 2021 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
95   Alexandre Mallet C R 29 2021 Amqui, Quebec, Canada
7   Tomáš Bartejs D L 29 2016 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
17   Marcel Haščák RW R 34 2021 Poprad, Czechoslovakia
32   Jan Mlčák D L 20 2017 Přerov, Czech Republic
61   Daniel Rákos LW L 34 2019 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
93   Rhett Holland D R 28 2020 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
24   Michal Gulaši D L 35 2016 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
30   Matej Tomek G L 24 2021 Bratislava, Slovakia
26   Martin Zaťovič (C) C L 36 2016 Přerov, Czechoslovakia
81   Tomáš Vincour RW R 30 2016 Brno, Czechoslovakia
19   Silvester Kusko LW L 26 2014 Vranov nad Topľou, Slovakia
92   Petr Holík C L 29 2018 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
13   Michal Krištof C L 28 2021 Nitra, Slovakia
4   Radek Kučeřík D L 19 2020 Kyjov, Czech Republic
88   Peter Mueller C R 33 2018 Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
15   Tomáš Šoustal C R 24 2020 Šternberk, Czech Republic
8   Marek Ďaloga D L 32 2021 Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
16   Luboš Horký RW R 23 2016 Znojmo, Czech Republic
25   Vladimír Roth D R 31 2021 Prague, Czechoslovakia
72   Andrej Kollár C R 21 2021 Nitra, Slovakia
22   Dalimil Mikyska D L 22 2015 Břeclav, Czech Republic
18   Brandon Magee C R 27 2021 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
90   Martin Dočekal LW L 30 2021 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  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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