Czech Republic surprises with Jagr, Nedved, Kaberle for Olympics

The Czech Republic named their Olympic roster Monday, going with veterans Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr...

The Czech Republic named their Olympic roster Monday, going with veterans Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr and Tomas Kaberle. (QMI Agency/Reuters/Files)

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The Czech Republic's Olympic roster is going back in time with aging veterans Jaromir Jagr and Petr Nedved.

The Czechs selected 17 NHL players Monday for the Winter Games in Sochi next month, with Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec being named captain.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins centre David Krejci, Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers centre Ales Hemsky and Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes were also named.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens defenceman Tomas Kaberle, now playing with Kladno of the Czech Extraliga, also got the nod as one of seven on the back end.

This will be Jagr's fifth time participating at the Olympics. He helped the Czech Republic win gold at the 1998 Games in Nagano and also earned a bronze medal in Turin in 2006.

Notable omissions from the roster include goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who is dealing with complications from a blood clot, goalie Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler, Radim Vrbata of the Phoenix Coyotes, Jiri Tlusty of the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche defenceman Jan Hejda.

Czech Republic Roster

Goalkeepers
Jakub Kovar, Yekaterinburg (RUS)
Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Alexander Salak, SKA St. Petersburg (RUS)

Defencemen
Michal Barinka, Vítkovice (CZE)
Radko Gudas, Tampa Bay (NHL)
Tomas Kaberle, Kladno (CZE)
Lukas Krajicek, Minsk (RUS)
Zbynek Michalek, Phoenix (NHL)
Michal Rozsival, Chicago (NHL)
Ladislav Smid, Calgary (NHL)

Forwards
Roman Cervenka, SKA St. Petersburg (RUS)
Patrik Elias, New Jersey (NHL)
Michael Frolik, Winnipeg (NHL)
Martin Hanzal, Phoenix (NHL)
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton (NHL)
Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey (NHL)
David Krejci, Boston (NHL)
Milan Michalek, Ottawa (NHL)
Petr Nedved, Liberec (CZE)
Jiri Novotny, Lev Praha (CZE)
Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay (NHL)
Tomas Plekanec, Montreal (NHL)
Vladimir Sobotka, St. Louis (NHL)
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia (NHL)


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