Radim Matus came to Bolzano especially for the semi-finals.

Eight hour drive: Bozen's ex-player as a noble fan

Almost 7.000 fans found their way to the Sparkasse Arena on Saturday evening and created a memorable backdrop. There was also a very special guest in the audience.

Radim Matus was only part of HC Bozen for two months last season. He was signed as an additional striker in mid-February and then made a total of six appearances. The Czech had to go into the stands as a supernumerary foreigner for a large part of the playoffs, which, as we know, lasted until the final Game 7. And yet the few weeks were enough for Matus to fall in love with Bolzano.

When the HCB did that on Saturday evening against Salzburg in front of a full house played semi-final 6 (and ended up losing 1:4), some of the almost 7.000 fans were amazed. Radim Matus was in the stands. “I came here especially for this game,” he said after the match SportNews and adds: “Unfortunately, I didn’t bring any luck to the team.”

Radim Matus played for Znojmo again this year. © Vanna Antonello

Matus comes from Trinec in the Czech Republic and spent last season with former ICE participant Orli Znojmo, which now plays in the second Czech league. The journey to Bolzano took eight hours, says Matus. "But it was worth it. This place has a special place in my heart, I loved it here and I’m going to have a nice few days here over Easter.”

Last season, Matus only played briefly for HCB, but he was immediately very popular in the dressing room because of his friendly and open-minded nature. The Czech will also keep his fingers crossed for HC Bozen on Tuesday. Then the Foxes will play in Salzburg in the all-important semi-finals for a place in the final series.


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