Updated: Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:38 | By Agence France-Presse

Czech Republic coach quits after Sochi

Czech Republic ice hockey coach Alois Hadamczik quit Monday after failing to lead his team further than the Sochi Olympics quarter-finals, the Czech Ice Hockey Association (CSLH) said.


Czech Republic coach quits after Sochi

Czech Republic's head coach Alois Hadamczik looks on during the Men's Ice Hockey Play-offs Czech Republic vs Slovakia at the Shayba Arena during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 18, 2014 - by Jonathan Nackstrand

"Alois Hadamczik resigned from his post today, he announced his decision to the CSLH head," the association said on its website.

The Czech Republic, including NHL stars Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias, were beaten 5-2 by the United States in the quarter-finals.

Hadamczik himself told a Czech radio station he did not "feel like going on" after being subjected to heavy criticism by the media following the defeat.

Hadamczik, 61, has led the Czechs -- who won the Olympic title in 1998 -- to two world championships bronze medals since he took charge in 2010.

In his previous stint as national team coach, he won Olympic bronze in Turin in 2006 and silver at the 2006 world championships.

He will most likely be replaced by Vladimir Ruzicka, a former Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators center, who coached the Czechs to world championship titles in 2005 and 2010.

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