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Sotnieks on ending his career with the national team: I decided last year

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Kristaps Sotnieks Photograph: Jānis Škapars/TVNET

In an interview with Latvian Television (LTV), the defender admitted that Kristaps Sotnieks decided to end his career with the national team last year, but this is not a good time to say it openly.

Sotnieks, 36, announced last week that he was ending his career with the national team. He represented the Latvian national team at 13 world championships, two Olympic Games and four Olympic Games qualifying tournaments.

“I decided last year that this would be my last championship. [publiski] In other words, we would have made it to the quarter-finals because we thought the national team would do a better job. It was as it was. Now I thought I’d say this before the election. Years passed. Our biggest joy is that we managed to play all the championships in a row. I didn’t miss a single match. That is joy and satisfaction. Of course there were mistakes, more or less. I’ve been through all this, it wasn’t easy. 13 championships in 14 consecutive seasons. It took a lot of energy and free time,” Sotnieks said in a conversation with LTV.

The defender, who played a total of 90 matches in the world championships he played in the national team, scored two goals and made 19 assists in these matches, and collected two points (1+1) in two Olympic games. Since 2009, Sotnieks has assisted the national team in all world championships.

Sotnieks also announced that he will continue his club career. This season he plays for Kladno “Rytīrži” in the Czech hockey extra league and has amassed one goal and seven assists in 39 games.

Source: Tv Net

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