Olomouc. Slovakian goalkeeper Branislav Konrad has unpleasant memories at the end of his pre-season preparations. He did not finish the last match before the new season of the additional Czech league.
Seven minutes before the end, Hradec Královy striker Peter Kokal unhappily hit him uncontrollably in the neck area. The match ended prematurely after both captains agreed.
Paramedics saved the Slovak on the bench for several minutes. He was carried off the field on a stretcher. He underwent surgery that night, but fortunately no veins or arteries were affected.
Conrad took a heavy blow from the match, and his career was saved in the hospital. “I cut some of my throat muscles. The most important one, the head lifter, was stitched to me in the hospital.
One week before the season, Olomouc lost the goalkeeper unit. Fortunately, for only three and a half months.
“When I told the doctors my shoulder hurt, they told me I’d be glad I was an organ. If I hurt an inch less, nothing would ever make me cold. In the end, then. It turned out well.”
In the fall, he wore a neck brace, underwent rehab, after which he began lighter exercises. He was back on the ice exactly 112 days later. He faced 30 shots against České Budějovice, collected only once, and furthermore doubled.
According to Olomouc coach Jan Tomagic, Konrad was an important figure in the win: “What I think was important was the performance of Bran Konrad, who closed the gate today and took advantage of the chances the opponent created. That was the basis of our victory.”
The opponent’s coach also agreed with him: “He did a great job. After this injury, it’s good to see Bran back. “We are happy with his health and congratulate the opponent on the victory,” said Motor České Budějovice coach Jaroslav Modrý.
Thanks to the victory, Olomouc scored in Ceske Budejovice. They remain in 10th place in the score, and Alumuk is just below them.
Konrad was one of the champions of the Summer Olympics qualifiers, with the Slovaks winning a seat in Beijing. He earned all three matches in Bratislava and achieved impressive stats: 1.35 goals collected and a success rate of 92.31%.
In 2018, an experienced goalkeeper also participated in the Winter Olympics in Pyongyang, Korea. He completed two matches there, while in the opening he helped the Slovaks make a dramatic turn from 0:2 to 3:2 against the Olympic selection of Russia, later winner of the men’s championship.
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