Červenka a Lion, will make upcoming road trip
Ever since his KHL rights were acquired by HC LEV Praha, the club has worked toward bringing Roman Červenka aboard. Though his debut has been delayed by a back injury suffered while playing for Slavia, Červenka will travel with the club on its upcoming road trip and is expected to play Wednesday in Novgorod.
HC LEV has added another hometown boy to its roster, as Prague-born and raised centre Roman Červenka has been transferred across town from HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga.
The 26-year-old has established a strong career in his native land and in the KHL. He was a regular on Slavia´s top club for four years from 2006 to 2010, twice playing in the league championship series and winning the 2008 title. His last season in the Extraliga was his most dominant, registering 97 points in 66 games -- it was strong enough to earn him a place on the Czech Olympic Team in Vancouver, where he played on a forward line with Jaromír Jágr. That summer, he followed Jágr to Avangard Omsk. Over two full seasons in Omsk, he recorded 130 points in 137 games, and was a key component of the team´s appearance in the Gagarin Cup finals. With Lev, he will be joining former Omsk teammate Martin Škoula.
His fine play in Europe´s top league attracted attention from the NHL, and this past summer he signed with the Calgary Flames. He has yet to play with the team, however. To this point in 2012-13 he has played nine games for Slavia, recording 13 points.
By playing Wednesday, Červenka will become the fourth locked out NHLer to skate for HC LEV this season -- Calgary teammate Jiří Hudler played four games in September before getting injured, and Jakub Voráček of the Philadelphia Flyers and Zdeno Chára of the Boston Bruins are currently with the squad.