Translations by Tomas Jandik
Michal Sivek interview - MF Dnes - 19-Jul-02
The GM of Sparta Prague, Miroslav Kunes, complained that he offered you to prepare with the team since their start of summer practices, and you didn't even give them a call...
I was preparing individually. Petr Nedved, Pavel Brendl, and me together hired a conditioning trainer Dan Hejret. I can say that as far as off-ice preparation goes, I have done everything possible, my conscience is clear in this regard.
You are after your first practice on the ice; are you happy to leave all that running, weight-lifting, and biking behind you?
Well, as I said, I can't complain about my summer preparation. I have felt reasonably well on the ice, and I plan to join Sparta for their whole on-ice training, to get prepared for the camp [in Pittsburgh] as perfectly as possible.
The last year, you were sent to the minors after the camp. Do you think you have better chances make it to the first team this year?
I am really confident about the next season's prospects, I am prepared to fight for the place on the roster. Pittsburgh wasn't successful the last year, so I think that they'll give us the younger ones a chance.
Don't you regret that you left the last year and came back to Sparta?
It's tough to say, we agreed on it with the Penguins management. At that time, I came back primarily because of family reasons, and, at the end, we won the Extraleague title [with Sparta]. On the other hand, if I stayed on America, I would have probably played in a few NHL games. Pittsburgh called up a few younger guys during the spring.
If you weren't able to make the first Penguins team this year as well, would you go back to the Czech Republic?
Everything can happen, even my return back. But at this point I don't consider anything like that, I want to make it to the NHL.
Tomas Jandik is the resident Czech on LetsGoPens.com and is a man who unifies all the goodies of the American dream - meaning, of course, being a Pitt graduate, a Razorback, and a Penguins fan.
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