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Old 01-07-2014, 10:18 AM   #7
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Slovakia will again not be short on star power at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, as the country's 25-man roster announced Tuesday includes Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa and Jaroslav Halak.
The Slovaks were the surprise team four years ago in Vancouver, qualifying for the semifinals and pushing Canada in that round before losing to Finland in the bronze medal game. Chara, the Boston Bruins captain, will anchor a defense corps that includes NHL veterans Andrej Sekera (Carolina Hurricanes), Andrej Meszaros (Philadelphia Flyers), Lubomir Visnovsky (New York Islanders) and Edmonton Oilers rookie Martin Marincin.
Hossa, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, has 12 goals and 25 points in 15 games at the Olympics (three tournaments). He leads a group of forwards that includes Marian Gaborik (Columbus Blue Jackets) and a trio of intriguing young NHL players in Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings and Richard Panik from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Halak, who beat Russia in the preliminary round and Sweden in the quarterfinals four years ago, will be the No. 1 guy in net again if healthy. He has missed a couple of games recently for the St. Louis Blues because of an illness.
Here is the 25-man roster for Slovakia:
Goaltenders -- Peter Budaj, Montreal Canadiens, Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues, Jan Laco, Donbass Donetsk (KHL)
Defensemen -- Ivan Baranka, Avangard Omsk (RUS), Dominik Granak, Dynamo Moscow (RUS), Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, Martin Marincin, Edmonton Oilers, Andrej Meszaros, Philadelphia Flyers, Andrej Sekera, Carolina Hurricanes, Michal Sersen, Slovan Bratislava (KHL), Lubomir Visnovsky, New York Islanders
Forwards -- Milan Bartovic, Slovan Bratislava (KHL), Marian Gaborik, Columbus Blue Jackets, Michal Handzus, Chicago Blackhawks, Marcel Hossa, Dinamo Riga (KHL), Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks, Tomas Jurco, Detroit Red Wings, Tomas Kopecky, Florida Panthers, Tomas Marcinko, HC Kosice (SVK), Michel Miklik, Slovan Bratislava (KHL), Peter Olvecky, Slovan Bratislava (KHL), Richard Panik, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tomas Surovy, Dynamo Minsk (KHL), Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings, Tomas Zaborsky, Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS)



Czech Republic
Goalie: Jakub Kovar, Ondrej Pavelec, Alexander Salak
Defense: Michal Barinka, Radko Gudas, Tomas Kaberle, Lukas Krajicek, Zbynek Michalek, Michal Roszival, Ladislav Smid, Marek Zidlicky
Forward: Roman Cervenka, Patrik Elias, Michael Frolik, Martin Hanzel, Ales Hemsky, Jaromir Jagr, David Krejci, Milan Michalek, Petr Nedved, Jiri Novotny, Ondrej Palat, Tomas Plekanec (captain), Vladimir Sobotka, Jakub Voracek
Interesting decision to bring 42-year old Petr Nedved, who last played in the Olympics at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer as a member of Team Canada, to the party and leave Hudler and Vrbata at home.
Among the other notable names not named include Tomas Fleischmann, Tomas Hertl (injured), Roman Polak, Michal Neuvirth, Martin Erat, Jan Hejda and Martin Havlat (injured).
Said Czech head coach Alois Hadamczik: "I tried to pick the best team, who will be a party committed to achieve the best result."
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley was so astonished that Hudler wasn't included he dropped this bit of sarcasm when asked about the Czech's decision:

Roger Millions @RogMillions Follow Bob Hartley says "Czechs must be very good team. They will win the Olympic Gold Medal. Any team that can keep Jiri Hudler off it must win.
11:03 AM - 6 Jan 2014


Slovenia

Goaltenders: Luka Gracnar, Andrej Hocevar, Robert Kristan.
Defencemen: Blaz Gregorc, Sabahudin Kovacevic, Ales Kranjc, Ziga Pavlin, Klemen Pretnar, Mitja Robar, Matic Podlipnik, Andrej Tavzelj.
Forwards: Bostjan Golicic, Ziga Jeglic, Anze Kopitar, Anze Kuralt, Jan Mursak, Ales Music, Ziga Pance, Tomaz Razingar, David Rodman, Marcel Rodman, Robert Sabolic, Rok Ticar, Jan Urbas, Miha Verlic.
One name to watch: Gracnar, the young goalie, who is going to split time with Kristan.
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