Sparta Praha has formed an agreement with HC Beroun to be its farm team.
The Czech Extraliga is moving towards to the Russian model where the top league clubs cooperate with 2nd tier clubs (either as partner or along a more hierarchical farm team model), hokej.cz reports. There are also such tendencies in the Swedish Elitserien, but here the progress is slower.
Sparta Praha has negotiated with Beroun for quite some time. The deal leaves Sparta an opportunity to call up/send down players from/to Beroun --an arrangement that might actually benefit Beroun. In addition, the two clubs will cooperate closely on their youth programmes with shared coaches etc.
Beroun has played 17 seasons in the 1. liga, and the deal is not really surprising as the two clubs have always had close ties.
Other Extraliga clubs that have made agreements with 1. liga teams include Slavia Praha (Havlikov Brod), Mlada Boleslav (Vrchlabi), Liberec (Jizerou) and Kometa Brno (Znojmo).
Source: hokej.cz (07.04.09)