The Latvian international Ralfs Freibergs moves to the top club Kometa Brno within the Czech extraliga.

2016 IIHF World Championship: Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia: Switzerland – Latvia #77 Robin Grossmann, #29 Ralfs Freibergs; © Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

„May makes everything new“ is the title of a phrase by Hermann Adam von Kamp. It means not only the month of love, but also the start of hockey transfers. After opening the transfer window, the Czech top club „HC Kometa Brno“ welcomes the Latvian defender Ralfs Freibergs. Freibergs comes from Zlín, where he played for three years with „Berani Zlin“.

„There are many reasons why my goal was to come to Brno and primarily it was just the fans. To be honest they are the loudest and most interesting fans in the league for me. I saw them waiting in front of the DRFG. “ -Arena „more than two hours before the game at the Brno stadium – it’s just a passion. And the atmosphere during the game? Always something very special in Brno,“ says Ralfs Freibergs.

The 28-year-old Ralfs Freibergs comes from the Latvian capital Riga, where he also started ice hockey. In 2010 he left his home country to play in North America for six long years. He played in the leagues of NAHL, USHL, NCAA, ECHL and AHL, but was never really happy. For the 2016-17 season, Freibergs returned to Latvia and played for Dinamo Riga in the KHL. However, he only came to 38 games and finally switched to the strong Czech extra league to „Berani Zlin“. Freibergs also regularly plays for the Latvian national team, be it in the past at the U20 World Championships or currently for the senior national team, in which he is still a fixed team member of the Latvian defense.

Championship 2017 – DRFG-Arena, Brno, Czech Republic: #10 Martin Erat;
© HC Kometa Brno/Archiv

HC Kometa Brno is a Czech hockey club based in Brno. The club is well known in the Czech Republic as „Kometa Brno“ or simply „Kometa“.

The former army sports club called „Rudá hvězda“ was founded in Brno in 1953. In the first season, the team played for the title, which ultimately went to the „eternal“ rival „Sparta Prague“ due to the goal difference. In the following twelve seasons Brno won a total of 11 championships. „SONP Kladno“ won the title only in the 1958-59 season. In 1962 the army sports club became a civil club that played under the name of the local tractor factory Zbrojovka Brno as „TJ ZKL Brno“.

After the last championship won in 1966, the team played only in the midfield of the 1st league. In 1980 the club relegated to the second division. In the 2001-02 season, the club took the last place in the 1st league (second highest division), which resulted in relegation and third division in the club’s history for the first time. In 2003 Kometa sold the third division license to Vyškov and bought the second division license from HC Senators Rosice and has been second class ever since. In 2009 the club bought the Extraliga license from HC Orli Znojmo and rose again to the first division.

In the 2017 season, the club celebrated its 12th championship title in club history after 51 years without winning the title. Kometa celebrated the „Mistri Double“ with the successful title defense in the 2018 season.