On Tuesday, Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth and his awesome new mask made their debut with Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga. Neuvirth, a Sparta alum, never played for the major league team before, but did spend time with their junior affiliates before coming over to the North America to play junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers as a teenager.
Unfortunately, Neuvirth and his Sparta Praha teammates lost to Ceske Budejovice (say that three times fast) 3-2. Neuvy had 34 saves (a respectable .917 save percentage) and a few spectacular stops.
We actually found highlights of the game! You can check them out below the jump. Neuvirth wears #40 and is the guy wearing the Capitals colored goalie pads.
Video courtesy of hokejcb.cz
Despite their new NHL acquisition, Sparta Praha has struggled. After beginning the season 2-0, they’ve lost their last three games. Let’s see if Neuvy can help them turn it around!