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Svatý grál hits the Czech Republic

July 19, 2011

Eastern Moravia: most beautiful place in the world, and home to David Krejci. Photo credits: my own, taken just outside Valasske Mezirici. 

Somewhere over the Atlantic is that silver chalice. It’s en route to Frankfurt, where it will transfer tomorrow morning to a flight for Prague.

That’s where the fun begins. And where some of the team’s most instrumental players in the post-season (yes, yes, including Kaberle) will be able to share the Cup with their families and friends. Tomas Kaberle, David Krejci and Zdeno Chara will all be enjoying the Stanley Cup in the coming days.

I enjoy rounding up the daily hockey news in both Blesk (a bad rag) and the slightly more respectable iDNES. Here’s what the have to say about the festivities, festivities which have yet to be divulged in English, to the best of my knowledge.

iDNES is comprehensive in its coverage here, while Blesk is more apt to sensationalize and be humorous about the matter, especially the Cup’s tardiness to Horton’s events in Dunville, Ontario.

Here is the break-down, from those sources:

Once in Prague, it will journey to Velka Dobra, where it will arrive around 11am.

The Cup will be on display with Kaberle at the cultural house in town. He will be present with this father and brothers for a few hours.

From 4 to 6:45 (or 6, as Blesk reported) the Cup will be at the garden of a castle at City Hall in Kladno, on display.

The following day, the Cup proceeds east to Moravia, where it will rejoin David Krejci in his hometown of Sternberk.

In the city square of Sternberk, there will be a two-hour event beginning at 3pm, with the Cup. Then, a private party that evening.

The next day, it’s eastward again, on to nearby Trencin, just over the border in western Slovakia. With Hossa and Kopecky, Trencin has been blessed in recent years. Now it’s Chara’s turn. hasn’t yet filled us in on what Chara’s two days with the Cup will entail. But I bet it’ll be awesome.

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