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Road to 2014: A Look at Czech Republic

Posted By Corey Krakower On Mar 15 2012 @ 3:45 pm In Around The Rinks | No Comments

With just under 2 years to go until the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, ProSportsBlogging.com will run a 6-part feature that will identify the hockey players that will likely represent their respective countries at the Olympic Games. The 6 hockey super powers to be covered include Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and USA.

Today’s featured country: Czech Republic
2010 Result: Lost to Finland in Quarterfinals
Projected returning players: 13 (8F, 3D, 2G)

CZECH REPUBLIC’S PROJECTED 2014 OLYMPIC ROSTER

M. Michalek – D. Krejci – J. Jagr
M. Havlat – P. Elias – A. Hemsky
T. Fleischmann – T. Plekanec – J. Voracek
M. Erat – M. Hanzal – R. Vrbata

FORWARDS: The Czechs will have a lot of skill and speed at the forward position. The problem with this team, however, is that they will be small up front and a lot of their better players are older guys. Last time around, a number of forwards from KHL teams were selected, but that likely won’t happen again.

L. Smid – Z. Michalek
J. Hejda – R. Polak
R. Klesla – J. Kindl

DEFENSE: There are a number of options to consider player-wise, but the majority of the Czech D in the NHL are second or third pairing guys that will be over 35 years old when the time comes to make this team. This projected group consists of 2-way defensemen with good skating ability.

O. Pavelec
T. Vokoun
M. Neuvirth

GOALIES: There is a changing of the guard in goal for the Czechs, as Tomas Vokoun is no longer the country’s number 1 goaltender. Pavelec will be counted on to shoulder the load, while the backup duty will either go to the 38-year-old Vokoun or the young Michal Neuvirth.

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Finland [1]

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