It’s easy to understand Jiri Hudler’s displeasure. A week later, the Calgary Flames forward was finally willing to put into words how crestfallen he was about not being named to the Czech Olympic hockey team. At least express his feelings without burning any and all bridges. “It was disappointing, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” Hudler said Tuesday morning in Nashville, likely understating his feelings. “I was disappointed, a little sad, but as soon as the game started in Colorado, I was all right. “You’ve got to move on as soon as you can. The season’s not over. It’s part of life, situations like this.” At the time the Czech team was announced, Hudler was third in scoring among his countrymen in the NHL, yet was spurned for the likes of former Flames washout Roman Cervenka, 42-year-old Petr Nedved and Jiri Novotny. (Before puck-drop on Tuesday’s action, Hudler was the highest-scoring Czech player in the NHL with 37 points, while Radim Vrbata of the Phoenix Coyotes — who was also spurned — was fourth.) Hudler’s Flames teammates and coaches were all aghast at the snub. “I got some support from back home, too, but it’s a coach’s decision. He makes that call, and I don’t have a problem with that,” Hudler said. “Just disappointed.” Disappointed enough to not watch? “I don’t know where I’m gonna be. I think where I’m gonna be, there’s not gonna be the sports channels,” he said, alluding to a nice warm-weather vacation. “If I’m somewhere I could (watch), I will, for sure.” The question, of course, is whether Hudler’s feelings are to the point he would turn down joining the team if a player is injured before the tournament.
Flames' Jiri Hudler ready to 'move on' from Olympic snub
Calgary Sun | Jan 15