They’re both named Jakub. They both played a single season in the Ontario Hockey League. They both play for HC Kometa Brno in the Czech Republic’s Extraliga. Jakub Koreis had one very successful season with the Guelph Storm in 2003-04. Jakub Svoboda played in Saginaw for the 2008-09 season. Both have helped Brno reach the finals in two of the past three Tipsport Extraliga seasons.
Koreis played one year in the OHL, 2003-04, with the Guelph Storm. He was a 55th overall pick by the Oshawa Generals two years before at the 2002 CHL Import Draft. Jakub fit in with the Storm quite well in his lone campaign with 38 points over 48 regular season games. Koreis then added 18 more points over 22 playoff games as Guelph captured the Robertson Cup championship, sweeping the Mississauga IceDogs in the finals.
In both 2003 and 2004, Jakub played for the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. In 2003 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Czechs finished sixth of ten teams in the tournament. The following year at Helsinki, Finland, the country did better with a fourth place finish after losing to the host team in the bronze medal game, 2-1.
Koreis came to the Storm already a National Hockey League prospect. The Phoenix Coyotes selected him 19th overall at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has since played pro hockey in the AHL, Finland’s Liiga, the Czech Extraliga and Austria’s EBEL. Jakub has played for HC Kometa Brno since 2010-11.
The 2014-15 season started in Austria with Klagenfurter AC on a tryout basis. However, after six games, the tryout was unsuccessful and Koreis was not offered a contract. He has returned to Brno for the rest of the season.
Svoboda played just the 2008-09 season in the Ontario Hockey League, with the Saginaw Spirit. At the 2008 CHL Import Draft, Jakub was taken by the Spirit 28th overall.
He went undrafted to the NHL and returned to the Czech Republic for 2009-10. Svoboda had previously played for the Under 20 version of HC Kometa Brno before coming to the OHL. 2014-15 is his fifth year with the Extraliga version of the club.
HC Kometa Brno
The hockey club dates back to 1953 and was last promoted to the Tipsport Extraliga for the 2009-10 season. The team reached the finals in 2011-12 and 2013-14. The league consists of 14 teams that each play a 52 game regular season schedule. HC Kometa Brno plays home games at Kajot Arena in Brno, Czech Republic, a 7,200 seat venue that opened in 1982.
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, behind Prague, with a city population of around 385,000 and a metro population of 810,000. The city is located in the southeast of the country, not far from the border with Austria and Slovakia.