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Pavel Francouz

Pavel Francouz Czech: is a Czech professional ice hockey goaltender, playing under contract to the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. Francouz first played at the junior level within the ranks of hometown club, HC Plzeň; as a 15-year-old he backstopped the club's under-18 team in the 2005–06 season posting sub 2.00 GAA. In the following 2006–07 season he led the league with 25 wins. In the 2007–08 season, Francouz assumed the starting goaltender position at the highest junior level in the Czech Republic at the under-20 league, he recorded 25 wins in 37 games to lead the club into the post-season. Having signed a first team contract with HC Plzeň, Francouz made his professional debut in the Czech Extraliga during the 2008–09 season. In 15 games he collected 6 wins with a solid SV% of.922. At the under-20 level he finished the season with the League's best statistics in all categories. Francouz spent the next 2009–10 season continuing his development, appearing in 8 Extraliga games, while playing in the Czech 1.

Liga on loan to HC Tabor and SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč. On 13 May 2010, in order to earn more experience professionally, Francouz left Plzeň to sign a contract with HC Slovan Ústečtí Lvi of the Czech 1. Liga. In the 2010–11 season, he was loaned to former 1. Liga club SK Horácká before splitting the year in making an impact with his new club Ústečtí Lvi, posting the best GAA and SV% in the League and leading Slovan Ústečtí Lvi to the championship. During his second season with Ústečtí in 2011–12, Francouz strong play was rewarded as he was loaned and trained with HC Oceláři Třinec, he made in just one appearance with Třinec, allowing 4 goals against before he was replaced in the second intermission. On 9 May 2012, Francouz secured a place in the Extraliga agreeing to a contract with HC Litvínov beginning from the 2012–13 season, he assumed Litvínov's starting role and in 46 games repaid the club by registering the most league wins with 26 and earn recognition as the Extraliga's Best Goaltender.

In the 2014–15 season, Francouz through 46 games cemented his status as the best Goaltender in the Czech Republic, leading the league in most statistical categories, to earn the MVP award of both regular season and playoffs as Litvínov claimed the Championship. After three years in Litvínov, Francouz opted to leave as a free agent and continue his career in Kontinental Hockey League by agreeing to a three-year contract with Russian outfit, Traktor Chelyabinsk on 30 April 2015. In his first season with Traktor in 2015–16, Francouz assumed backup duties to Vasili Demchenko, he posted a.924 save percentage despite collecting just 3 wins in 18 games as Chelyabinsk missed the post-season. In the following 2016–17 season, Francouz shared the starting role with Demchenko after earning KHL player of the week honors, he continued his strong play earning a selection to the 2017 All-Star Game. In 30 games with Traktor, Francouz accumulated 14 wins and finished the year with the KHL's best SVS%. Despite lucrative contract offers and interest, Francouz was not released from the final year of his contract and remained in Traktor for the 2017–18 season.

He again shared starting duties and appeared in a season high 35 games for 15 wins and for the second consecutive season led the league in SVS%. Selected to backstop the club in the post-season, led Traktor to the Conference Finals before suffering a series defeat to eventual Champions Ak Bars Kazan. Francouz signed a one-year one-way deal of $690,000, contract with the Colorado Avalanche on 2 May 2018. On 1 July 2019 it was announced. Francouz was first introduced to the International stage at the Junior level, competing for Czech Republic at the Division I 2008 World U18 Championships in Kazan, Russia; as the team's backup he appeared in one game, helping Czech Republic place first in Group A and return to the Top Division for the following year. He next featured for the Czechs at the 2010 World Junior Championship. Francouz made his senior debut with the Czech Republic, he made two relief appearances for the Czechs in a 7th-place finish. He was named to the roster of the 2014 World Championships, however failed to feature in a game before making his first full start at the 2016 World Championships.

In the 2017 World Championships he shared netminding duties with Petr Mrázek, posting a 3–1 record with a 1.49 goals against and 9.10 save percentage. As an established member of the national team, Francouz was next selected to participate at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea; as the first choice, Francouz appeared in every game for the Czech Republic, posting a 4–2 record in helping reach the semi-finals before losing to Russia. He was unable to prevent the Czechs suffer a 4–6 defeat in the bronze medal game against Canada on 24 February 2018. On 26 April 2018, Francouz was slated to make his fifth tournament appearance with Czech Republic after he was selected for the 2018 World Championships. Francouz was born in Plzeň of Czechoslovakia; when he first started playing hockey, Francouz was a defenseman. His first language is Czech, but he gained English and Russian fluency in high school, he holds a pilot license. Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database

Adam Clymer

Adam Clymer was an American journalist. He was a prolific political correspondent for The New York Times. Clymer worked for The New York Times from 1977 until July 2003, served as its national political correspondent for the 1980 presidential election, polling editor from 1983 to 1990, political editor for George H. W. Bush's presidential campaign in 1988, chief Washington correspondent from 1999 through 2003. Clymer covered the 2000 presidential campaign for the Times and wrote at least one article, considered unfavorable by the campaign of George W. Bush. Clymer wrote an analysis of Cheney's tax returns, including his conclusion that he only gave 1% of his $20 million earnings to charity. Clymer may be best known for an incident on September 4, 2000, when Bush and running mate Dick Cheney appeared at a campaign event at Naperville, Illinois. While on stage before the event, Bush said to Cheney, "There's Adam Clymer, major-league asshole from the New York Times." Cheney responded, "Oh yeah, he is, big time."

The remarks were picked up by a live microphone. Bush publicly stated "I regret that a private comment I made to the vice presidential candidate made it through the public airways. I regret everybody heard what I said."In 1981, Clymer co-authored Reagan: The Man, the President with fellow New York Times journalists Hedrick Smith, Leonard Silk, Robert Lindsey, Richard Burt. In 1999, he wrote Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography. In 2004, Clymer became a visiting scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Political Director for the National Annenberg Election Survey. Born to a Unitarian family, the son of children's book author Eleanor Clymer and Kinsey Clymer, Clymer attended The Walden School in Manhattan and Harvard College, receiving an A. B. in 1958. Clymer's journalism career began, he did post-graduate work at the University of South Africa. In 1960, he joined The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, a job which he followed up with work at The Baltimore Sun and the New York Daily News.

Adam Clymer was married to Ann Clymer from 1961 until her death on February 10, 2013. They had one daughter, Jane Emily Clymer, killed at the age of 18 by a drunken driver in September 1985; the Clymers established a memorial scholarship at the University of Vermont in her name. He died from pancreatic cancer on September 10, 2018 in Washington, D. C. at the age of 81. Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress, 1993 The Washington Monthly's Monthly Journalism Award, 2003, for his January 3, 2003 Times article, Government Openness at Issue as Bush Holds On to Records Carey McWilliams Award honoring a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics, American Political Science Association, 2003 Smith, Hedrick. Reagan the Man, the President. Pergamon Pr. ISBN 0-08-027916-3. Clymer, Adam. "The New York Times" Year in Review 1987. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-8129-1632-8. Clymer, Adam. Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography. Perennial. ISBN 0-06-095787-5. Clymer, Adam. Journalism and the Public Interest: Best practices for reporting in unpredictable times.

Aspen Institute and Society Program. ISBN 0-89843-387-8. Clymer, Adam. Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch. University of Kansas Press. ISBN 0-7006-1582-2 Appearances on C-SPAN Biography from the University of Vermont, on the occasion of his commencement address and honorary degree in 2005 Interview with Adam Clymer about the "major-league asshole" comment with CNN's Reliable Sources, September 9, 2000 A "major-league asshole", Salon.com, 4 September 2000 Cartoon on Bush's obscenity, 3 September 2000 Opinion piece in National Review by Tim Graham, 5 September 2000 Better Campaign Reporting: A View From the Major Leagues, Clymer's address in 2002 at Wesleyan University National Annenberg Election Survey