Rozsival selected to represent Czech Republic in Sochi

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 2:59 PM
Brad Boron  - chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival will be heading to Russia this February, one of 17 NHL players selected on Monday to represent the Czech Republic in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It will be the veteran blueliner's first Olympic appearance.

The 35-year-old defenseman will join notable NHL players including Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias, Ondrej Pavelec and former Blackhawks forward Michal Frolik on the roster.

Rozsival has appeared in three other international competitions for the Czech Republic, most recently winning gold at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

In the past Olympics, the Czechs dropped a 2-0 decision to Finland in the quarterfinals, finishing seventh.

Here is the full roster for 2014:

Goalies: Jakub Kovar, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL), Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets, Alexander Salak, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).

Defensemen: Michal Barinka, Vitkovice Ostrava (CZE), Radko Gudas, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tomas Kaberle, Kladno (CZE), Jakub Kindl, Detroit Red Wings, Lukas Krajicek, Dynamo Minsk (KHL), Zbynek Michalek, Phoenix Coyotes, Michal Rozsival, Chicago Blackhawks, Ladislav Smid, Calgary Flames, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils.

Forwards: Roman Cervenka, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL), Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils, Michael Frolik, Winnipeg Jets, Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes, Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, David Krejci, Boston Bruins, Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators, Petr Nedved, Bili Tygri Liberec (CZE), Jiri Novotny, Lev Prague (KHL), Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning, Jakub Petruzalek, Amur Khabarovsk (KHL), Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens, Vladimir Sobotka, St. Louis Blues, Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers.

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