Ex-national team captain tagged to replace Hlinka

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The Czech Republic moved quickly
to replace late hockey coach Ivan Hlinka, turning the national team
over to former Olympic captain Vladimir Ruzicka on Tuesday.

Hlinka, the former Pittsburgh Penguins' coach who led the Czech
Republic to a gold medal in the 1998 Nagano Olympics, died Monday
after a car crash. He was 54.

The 41-year-old Ruzicka, the captain of the 1998 Olympic team,
will direct the team in the World Cup of Hockey. He spent five
seasons in the NHL with Edmonton, Boston and Ottawa.