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.
Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens will be the captain of Czech national team for Sochi!— Zdenek Matejovsky (@zedmat) January 6, 2014
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:|
|Ondřej Pavelec||Winnipeg Jets|
|Alexander Salak||St Petersburg|
|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|
|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|
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