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Ice hockey-Canada face Czechs in first big championship test (Reuters)

Canada face their first big test of the world championships on Monday when the North Americans take on a Czech team hoping an evergreen Jaromir Jagr and home advantage can lead them to victory against the tournament favourites. The Czechs, who lost to Sweden in their opening game before rebounding with a win against Latvia, will also have to deal with Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby, who is appearing at the tournament for the first time since 2006. “It was good,” Crosby said after Canada’s 10-0 demolition of Germany on Sunday. It should happen as the guys get more comfortable with the ice.” The Czechs will once again rely on 43-year-old Florida Panthers forward Jagr, who become the oldest player to score a goal at the world championships when he found the net against Sweden in a 6-5 overtime loss on Friday.