A number of qualified NHL veterans were surprisingly passed over for the selection of the Czech Republic Olympic team headed to Sochi next month, but Bruins center David Krejci was among those who did make the cut.
The news came courtesy of a report from a media outlet in the Czech Republic.
Krejci played for the Czech Republic four years ago and finished with a pair of goals and three points in the five games played at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, and played very well with countrymen Tomas Plekanec, Jaromir Jagr and Tomas Kaberle among others.
Interestingly Calgary’s Jiri Hudler, Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata and Florida forward Tomas Fleischmann were all left off the roster despite Hudler and Vrbata being among the most prolific Czech scorers in the NHL this season.
Krejci’s former Bruins teammate Vladimir Sobotka also qualified for the Czech Olympic squad, the first time he’ll be playing in the elite tournament.
Here’s the entire roster for the Czech Republic, which will feature Plekanec as their captain and open Feb. 12 vs. Team Sweden:
Goalies: Ondrej Pavelec, Alexander Salak, Jakub Kovar
Defense: Michal Barinka, Radko Gudas, Tomas Kaberle, Lukas Krajicek, Zbyne Michalek, Ladislav Smid, Marek Zidlicky
Forward: Roman Cervenka, Patrik Elias, Michael Frolik, Martin Hanzal, Ales Hemsky, Jaromir Jagr, David Krejci, Milan Michalek, Petr Nedved, Jiri Novotny, Ondrej Palat, Tomas Plekanec, Vladimir Sobotka, Jakub Voracek.
Krejci is the first of many Bruins expected to be named to the respective Olympic teams for their home countries: Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson and possibly Milan Lucic could all be invited to play in the Sochi Games.