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World Cup of Hockey: Czech Republic final roster

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The Czechs have the high-end talent to surprise, but a lack of depth makes them underdogs

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The final roster for the Czech Republic was announced on Friday, but by the time the tournament rolls around we may be referring to them as the team from Czechia, pending ratification by the United Nations of an official name change for the country.

It was already known that the team will be without their most prominent ambassador, as Jaromir Jagr declared that he would not take part in the World Cup.

The weak link for the Czech team is definitely going to be on defence, however with three NHL goaltenders between the pipes, the team might avoid any embarrassing blowouts. The offence will rely heavily on the top line of Ondrej Palat/David Krejci/Jakub Voracek as there is a steep decline in talent afterwards, with Tomas Plekanec probably more concerned with defensive responsibilities throughout the tournament.

Player Position Current Team
Petr Mrazek G Detroit Red Wings
Michal Neuvirth G Philadelphia Flyers
Ondrej Pavelec G Winnipeg Jets
Radko Gudas D Philadelphia Flyers
Michal Kempny D Chicago Blackhawks
Roman Polak D San Jose Sharks
Andrej Sustr D Tampa Bay Lightning
Michal Jordan D Carolina Hurricanes
Zbynek Michalek D Arizona Coyotes
Jakub Nakladal D Calgary Flames
Michael Frolik F Calgary Flames
Martin Hanzal F Arizona Coyotes
Tomas Hertl F San Jose Sharks
David Krejci F Boston Bruins
Ondrej Palat F Tampa Bay Lightning
David Pastrnak F Boston Bruins
Tomas Plekanec F Montreal Canadiens
Vladimir Sobotka F Avangard Omsk (KHL)
Jakub Voracek F Philadelphia Flyers
Radek Faksa F Dallas Stars
Ales Hemsky F Dallas Stars
Dmitrij Jaskin F St. Louis Blues
Milan Michalek F Toronto Maple Leafs