“The fact is that Tomáš Kundrátek is returning to Třinec by mutual agreement,” Zábranský confirmed speculation from the last few days.
A 33-year-old participant in three world championships and two Olympic tournaments, Kundrátek, who helped end the ten-year medal fast of the national team at major events last year in Tampere thanks to bronze, played 39 games for Brno in the regular season and scored five goals and 10 assists. He added three goals and four assists in 10 starts in the elimination games.
A hockey player with experience from the NHL, where he defended the colors of Washington, came to Třinec during the 2018/19 season after returning from the KHL. He managed only six starts in the Slezan jersey and played the rest of the season in Davos, Switzerland. But he spent the next three seasons in the Steelers’ jersey.
Kundrátek also figures in the current selection of national team coach Kari Jalonen, who is preparing for the Czech Games, which will take place from Thursday to Sunday in Brno. The tournament is a warm-up for the Czech team for the World Championships in Finland and Latvia, which will begin on Friday, May 12.