Uwe Krupp - Head Coach
Uwe Krupp, Member of the IIHF Hall of Fame, was born in Cologne, Germany, where he was part of the senior A-team at the age of seventeen. In 1983, Buffalo Sabres’ General Manager Scotty Bowman noticed him and drafted him. Three years later, after winning the championship title with Cologne, the nearly two-meter tall Defense moved overseas and in October 1986 he debuted in the NHL against Montreal. He became the second player born in Germany after Walt Tkaczuk, who jumped on the ice of the world’s most famous league.
Krupp has settled in it after the first season, split between the Sabers and the Rochester farm with which he won the Calder Cup for the AHL Champions. He spent six seasons in Buffalo and moved to New York Islanders during the last one. He spent two more years in there before returning for a short time in Germany due to lockouts at the beginning of the 1994/1995 season. Krupp played five matches for Landshut before returning overseas, this time to Québec. Krupp spent his best seasons in Colorado. He was the first German player in the history of the Stanley Cup, deciding the Finals with a goal for the Avalanche.
At the end of his active career, which was marked by a returning injury, he played for Detroit, with which he won his second Stanley Cup trophy. He only played 10 games during the championship season, so his name is not engraved among the 2001/2002 season winners. Krupp played for Atlanta before ending his career in the 2002/2003 season. He played 810 games in the NHL and was twice nominated for the All-Star Game. He represented West Germany and then Germany during two junior and two senior world championships as well as during the Winter Olympics in Nagano, which are so memorable for Czechs.
He soon moved on to the post of coach and started his coaching career on the bench of the German national team. During this period, Germany returned to the elite division of the World Championship in 2006 followed by five world championships. The peak was marked by a surprising move to the semi-finals during the 2010 home tournament. In addition, Krupp led the team during two Olympic tournaments. In 2011, he moved to the bench of his first club in Cologne, where he worked until October 2014 and won to two silver medals. In December 2014, he started coaching the Eisbären Berlin. The polar bears got to the Finals during in the 2017/2018 season, where they lost to Munich.
Jaroslav Nedvěd - Assistant Coach
Jaroslav Nedvěd was born on September 24, 1969 in Liberec. This robust defense started his active career in his hometown where he remained until the juniors. He wore the Spartan jersey for the first time in the 1990/1991 season, he spent the next two seasons in Olomouc. After the 1993/1994 season, which he spent overseas in lower leagues, he returned to Sparta, where he remained for eight seasons with an annual break during which he tried the Finnish SM-Liiga. He therefore competed for the championship titles in 2000 and in 2002 when he reached his maximum points. He got 37 points in 49 games of the regular season and then added another six during the playoffs.
In 2003, he began his path towards various, sometimes fairly exotic, hockey countries. He played in Slovakia, Russia, South Korea and in Slovenia's Jesenica which is playing the Alpine League. He finally appeared as a Sparta player, with 29 games during the 2007/2008 season. He was active for the next five years in Pilsen, Kladno, and Beroun in the first league. He closed his player's career during the 2012/2013 season, when he jumped on the ice in seven games with Beroun. However, he tried his coaching role for the first time in the previous year, as he was also an assistant coach with the Bears.
Since the 2012/2013 season, his coaching career is linked to Sparta and it is moving forward rapidly. After a year as an Assistant Coach of the U18, Nedved moved on to the Juniors' bench as a Head Coach and first won the silver in two consecutive seasons then he managed to win the championships title. At the same time, he has been in the same post with the U16. After the 2016/2017 season, he joined the Spartan A-team Coach Jiří Kalous as Assistant Coach and continued as an Assistant after his dismissal in October of the same year, with the comeback of Coach František Výborný. Since the 2018/2019 season, Jaroslav Nedved became the right hand of the German Coach Uwe Krupp.
Petr Přikryl - Goalie Coach
Petr Přikryl was born on February 17, 1978 in Litoměřice. The local hockey player moved to Kladno in the junior age rfom where he commuted to Sparta, with which he spent the most prominent part of his career. His first extraligue start was during the 1998/99 season with the Prague club and for most of his Spartan era he was a reliable teammate to Petr Bříza. He also had a very significant share in two championship titles in 2000 and 2002.
Albeit he was a favorite of the Spartan fans, in 2003, he took upon the role of a stable number one when he left for Slovakian Trenčín, and helped the team to win the championship title. In the following seasons, he alternated teams more frequently, and returned to Sparta during the 2006/2007 season, taking part in his third Spartan title. The goalkeeper, nicknamed "Bingo," then worked alternately in the extra-league and the first league, and also attempted a brief engagement in Nuremberg, Germany. During the 2011/2012 season he only started in the first league and after four seasons in Litoměřice, he put an end to his career in 2015.
The former successful goalkeeper remained active in his field of work and became a Goalkeeper Coach. After his first experience in North Bohemia, where he also worked as a General Manager of the club, he returned to Sparta, but this time as a coach. Petr Přikryl eventually worked his way up to the national team training its goalkeepers during the World Championship in Denmark in 2018 and as of the upcoming 2018/2019 extra-league season he is part of Uwe Krupp’s team.
František Ptáček - Fitness Coach
František Ptáček was born on April 4, 1975 in Prague, where he also started his very successful hockey career. The former excellent defense has spent his youth with Sparta, where he eventually experienced the most distinctive and most successful part of his career. The Spartan at heart joined his first team during the 1993/1994 season and has since become a stable member of the A-team. He also played a significant part in the successful Millennium Era when he fought for the gold during the 2000 and 2002 championships. One year later, his first short break with Sparta came as he headed for Karlovy Vary where he was captain and continued to receive an invitation to represent the Czech Republic.
He did not take part of the big tournament, but he did not have to mourn, as he became very successful on the club level. When he returned to Holešovice during the 2005/2006 season, he held the championship title once again at the end of the season. A year later, he led Sparta to the defense of the cup as its captain. During the 2008/2009 season, the journey of František Ptáček and his beloved club parted again as "Ferry" headed to České Budějovice. It was not surprising that he became a leader in southern Bohemia and, just as in Sparta, he even took the role of captain. After the club’s move, he played one season in Hradec Králové and then went to Kometa Brno, where he finished his extra-league career.
During the spring of 2017, after almost two years with the first-league team Kladno, he hung his skates forever, yet he took a last skate with Sparta in January 2018 in his farewell during an extra-league game against Kometa Brno where he appeared for just a few seconds. This rounded his extra-league balance to 1.210 starts, of which 711 were played with Sparta. František Ptáček became one of the extra-league’s legends and remained part of the Prague team after the end of his active career as he first started as a youth coach and leads the A-team as a Fitness Coach in the 2018/2019 pre-season.