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Plekanec named captain of Czech Olympic squad

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After winning the Molson Cup for December on Saturday night, Tomas Plekanec gets more good news today.

Jamie Squire

The Czech Republic released it's Olympic roster this afternoon, and our very own Tomas Plekanec was named the captain of the team.

He'll lead a veteran heavy roster in Sochi, including his good friend Jaromir Jagr and Peter Nedved (yup, THAT Peter Nedved). Both players will be alternate captains for the team.

The Czech head coach mentioned that it was not hard to choose Plekanec as captain. "I know him from the beginning on the National team. He is dedicated and a complete player."

Another former Tomas who played for Montreal, Kaberle, was also named to the team. He is having a decent season with Kladno, and has produced 19 points in 32 games.

The Czechs are not considered favourites to medal, but in a short tournament anything can happen.

Plekanec was the Czech captain at the 2012 World Championship, where the Czechs won bronze. He was also one of the best players on the squad when the Czechs won the gold in 2011.

Here is the Czech Republic's roster for the Olympic games in Sochi:

Nominated for the Czech national team:
GOALKEEPERS
Ondřej Pavelec Winnipeg Jets
Jakub Kovar Yekaterinburg
Alexander Salak St Petersburg
DEFENDERS
Marek Zidlicky New Jersey Devils
Ladislav Smid Calgary Flames
Radko Gudas Tampa Bay
Michal Barinka HC Vitkovice
Luke Krajíček Dinamo Minsk
Michal Rozsival Chicago Blackhawks
Zbynek Michalek Phoenix Coyotes
Tomas Kaberle Knights of Kladno
Assailant
Jaromir Jagr (A) New Jersey Devils
Patrik Elias (A) New Jersey Devils
Tomas Plekanec (C) Montreal Canadiens
Ales Hemsky Edmonton Oilers
Jakub Voracek Philadelphia Flyers
Michael Frolik Winnipeg Jets
Martin Hanzal Phoenix Coyotes
Vladimir Sobotka Wed Louis Blues
Ondřej Palát Tampa Bay
Milan Michalek Ottawa Senators
David Krejci Boston Bruins
Roman Cervenka St Petersburg
Petr Nedved White Tigers Liberec
Jiří Novotný HC LEV Praha