The Czech… 😎… mates, V & V, are back together. (No, I’m not apologizing for that pun.)
Monday, Jakub Vrana and Vitek Vanecek both posted videos of each to their respective Instagram Stories announcing they were hanging out likely in their native Czech Republic.
We’ll explain why this is a very significant development in a minute.
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Czech BFFs @jakubvranaa and @vitacz15 are back together
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The two hockey players are longtime close friends. It’s a friendship that was first forged at Capitals Development Camp and then flourished during their time with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
The two Czechs were drafted by the Capitals in the first and second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. The Capitals documented a day in the life of Jakub Vrana at camp and got a glimpse of what their relationship was like – from eating to playing ping pong.
“Hurry up and eat,” Vrana commands Vanecek like he’s a child. “We have to go soon. Take [the food] with you.”
Vrana, who had a better command of the English language, eventually became a translator for Vanecek so he could speak to North American media. We once translated the translation process between the two and it’s one of the best RMNB posts we’ve ever done.
In Hershey, the two players became closer. Chocolate Hockey’s Kyle Mace documented the two playing FIFA together.
It was funny.
Video: Jakub Vrana and Vitek Vanecek play FIFA17, get destroyed by an online player https://t.co/Ag8IJH416y (S/T @ChocHockey) pic.twitter.com/IhHTBfxSWJ
— RMNB (@russianmachine) December 1, 2016
But what’s special about the two is that they are each other’s biggest fans.
Photo of the night: Jakub Vrana gooses Vitek Vanecek after Hershey's 5-3 win. pic.twitter.com/YvgzVW9F6M
— Kyle Mace (@kyle_mace) November 7, 2016
#Vanecek a #Vrana oslavují první výhru v sezoně. #bromance pic.twitter.com/xohAV0iTbg
— Kesid (@kesid89) October 31, 2016
…and challenge each other.
Your number one star Jakub Vrana calls out his best friend and your winning goalie Vitek Vanecek to deliver his #1 Star Stick!
— Chocolate Hockey (@ChocHockey) October 30, 2016
There are so many hugs.
PHOTOS: Jakub Vrana celebrates Vitek Vanecek's first AHL win as Hershey beats WBS 2-1 in a shootout. pic.twitter.com/CspTzKAsax
— Chocolate Hockey (@ChocHockey) April 18, 2016
And so many smiles.
#Caps 2014 second-round pick Vitek Vanecek addresses the media via translation from 2014 first-round pick Jakub Vrana pic.twitter.com/UfI27KLbMP
— Pace Sagester (@PaceSagester) September 15, 2014
So that’s why it’s great they’re back together. It’s just better for the soul, you know?
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