Can we for one-minute stop talking about the Canadian Olympic team selection for one moment; forget about who made it and who didn’t. Can we forget about the fact that Kunitz and Jay Bo made the team over Giroux, Boyle and St. Louis? Lets just stop thinking about Canada for one second and remember that one hilarious, and yet very cool thing has happened to another Olympic team.
I’m talking about Petr Nedved making the Czech Republic Olympic Hockey team. Now I won’t make any jokes about his age and how the heck he is still playing and what is he like 60? Never mind about the jokes, but seriously how funny and awesome is it that he made the team?
I mean he’s an ex NHLer, who played for the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes and the Philadelphia Flyers. He played a total of 982 games scoring 310 goals, 407 assists, which made his total 708 points. His best season was the 1995-96 season, scoring 45 goals and 99 points. SO why on earth, do hockey analysts, many hockey fans and I think it is so funny.
Well first of all he hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2006-07 season, the past seven years he has been playing in the Czech Republic, also I mean he’s like 67 years old right? Ok fine he’s actually 42 years old, but when it was announced that he made the team everyone’s reaction was the same thing, “he’s still playing hockey?” The answer was yes he is and he’s playing well enough to make the Olympic squad.
The other players who made the team are the following
Roman Cervenka, Patrik Elias, Michael Frolik, Martin Hanzal, Ales Hemsky, Jaromir Jagr, David Krejci, Milan Michalek, Jiri Novotny, Ondrej Palat, Tomas Plekanec, Vladimir Sobotka, Jakub Voracek and of course Petr Nedved.
Michal Barinka, Radko Gudas, Tomas Kaberle, Lukas Krajicek, Zbynek Michalek, Michal Rozsival, Ladislav Smid and Marek Zidlicky.
The Goalies: Ondrej Pavelec, Jakub Kovarand and Alexander Salak.
That’s a decent looking team, its random in some places and it is missing Jiri Hudler and Radim Vrbata who were shockingly left off the team, but that’s the beauty about the Olympics, anything can happen and you never count out the Czechs ever. I still think it’s funny that Nedved made the team, I mean like many of you I was shocked to find out he was still playing , but at the same time it’s really cool.
I know I’ll be watching a few Czech matches during the Olympics just to see how he’s playing. It kind of reminds of Jagr in the 2010 Olympics, we hadn’t seen him in a while since he was playing in the KHL, but when Olympics started everyone was happy to see him. Yes they are completely different players, but it’s always nice to see a former NHLer play on the world stage still, who knows maybe Dominic Hasek will make an appearance! Now we can go back and over analyze team Canada!
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