Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 11:05AM
Boston Shamrocks forward Martina Maskova to play for Czech Republic Women's National Team
The Czechs have long been advocates of their men coming to North America to improve their draft positioning or to learn the “NHL game” by playing junior hockey. Now, the Czech women have taken a similar approach and are using evolving hockey academies to attend school, learn English, and, most importantly, become better hockey players.
Boston Shamrocks forward Martina Maskova (Teplice, Czech Republic) will play for her home Czech Republic Women's National Team in the upcoming 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship being held at the USA Hockey Arena in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan from March 31st through April 7th. This sanctioned IIHF event features the world's top eight women's national hockey teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
Maskova and the Czech Republic Women's National Team will also compete in the Olympic Qualification Tournament being held February 9-12, 2017 in Arosa, Switzerland. If successful the Czech Republic Women's National Team will qualify for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea.
Before being selected for the 2016-17 women's team, Maskova wore her country's colors for the past three season as a member of the Czech Women's National Under-18 Ice Hockey Team. last season Maskova was named captain of her home country's National U18 Team that competed in the 2016 Women's World Junior Championships held at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.