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Winter Olympics 2014: Czech Men's Hockey Team Includes Sobotka, Not Polak

The Czech Olympic team selected only one of the two players from St. Louis that were expected.

Jen Fuller

Well, this is equal parts exciting and disappointing for the Blues. The Czech Olympic roster was released today (Canada's Olympic roster will be released tomorrow), and as expected forward Vladimir Sobotka was named to the team. Sobotka has had a very good season with St. Louis, being the cog that coach Ken Hitchcock likes to place anywhere in the line-up that he's needed. Sobotka has 20 points in 35 games so far this season, and since returning from injury on December 29th, Sobotka has five points in four games.

You might remember the successful partial season that he had with Slavia Praha in the Czech Extraliga, where he killed time during the lockout. He had 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 games.

Surprisingly enough, defenseman Roman Polak was left off of the list. The big defenseman represented his country in 2010 at Vancouver; perhaps the selection committee figured that his hand injury was too big of a risk to take up a roster spot. It's not the only large oversight, though. Jiri Hudler was also left off.

Here's the complete Czech roster:

Position Player
G Ondrej Pavelec
G Jakub Kovar
G Alexander Salak
D Marek Zidlicky
D Ladislav Smid
D Radko Gudas
D Michal Barinka
D Lukas Krajicek
D Michal Rozsival
D Zbynek Michalek
D Tomas Kaberle
F Jaromir Jagr
F Patrik Elias
F Tomas Plekanec
F Ales Hemsky
F Jakub Voracek
F Michael Frolik
F Martin Hanzal
F Vladimir Sobotka
F Ondrej Palat
F Milan Michalek
F David Krejci
F Roman Cervenka
F Petr Nedved
F Jiri Novotny

Wow, Petr Nedvěd. Blast from the past, that one is.