Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/05/06 at 10:38 AM ET
Some 10 minutes later, with the Czechs shorthanded, another puck flew past Hnilička. When the final buzzer sounded May 21, Sweden had made ice hockey history as the first country to win the World Championship and Olympic gold in the same year. Days before, in a converted barn in the remote Northern Moravian village of Kateřinice, not far from the Slovak border, Lenka Mráčková was busy inspecting one of the two rubber presses that gave birth to the very hockey puck that sealed the Czechs’ fate. Gufex, the tiny family-run outfit that she confounded in the early 1990s with her late husband Pavel Mráček, today supplies pucks to virtually everywhere the game is played.read on
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