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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 19/04/2012

Red star mars hockey celebrations

At a hockey game between the Czech Republic and Slovakia to commemorate the Czechoslovakian victory at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Prague in 1972, the Czech team appeared in the jerseys worn by their team at the time and featuring a red star in the crest. The liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes speaks of a dubious culture of remembrance: "The Bolshevik star on the jerseys was a symbol of totalitarian government. At the World Ice Hockey Championships in 1969, a few players even taped over the star in protest at the invasion [against the Prague Spring]. It is commendable that the ice hockey federation wants to pay tribute to the triumph of 1972 in Prague. The players at the time deserve it as well. But making replicas of their jerseys part of the ceremonies is another matter entirely. The whole event would have been much better without the star on the uniforms."

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