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Elias, Jagr, Zidlicky named to Czech Olympic roster

Monday, 01.6.2014 / 3:09 PM ET / News
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Elias, Jagr, Zidlicky named to Czech Olympic roster
Elias, Jagr, Zidlicky named to Czech Olympic roster

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr earned a fifth trip to the Olympics, named to the official Czech Republic 25-player roster announced Monday in Prague.

Jagr made his debut for the Czech Republic in 1998, helping his country win gold in Nagano, the first tournament in which the NHL stopped play and allowed its players to compete. He also played in the 2002 tournament in Salt Lake, 2006 in Turin, winning a bronze medal, and the 2010 edition in Vancouver. Jagr, who leads the Devils in points (34) and is tied for the team lead in goals (13), will be 42 when the tournament begins in Sochi on Feb. 12.

Seventeen of the 25 players named to the Czech roster play in the NHL. Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, though, is the only goalie on the roster in the NHL currently.

On the blue line, the Tampa Bay Lightning's Radko Gudas, Jakub Kindl of the Detroit Red Wings, Zbynek Michalek of the Phoenix Coyotes, Michal Rozsival of the Chicago Blackhawks, Ladislav Smid of the Calgary Flames and the New Jersey Devils' Marek Zidlicky are all currently in the NHL.

There are a dozen current NHL forwards on the roster as well. Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec, who was named team captain, Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils, Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers, Milan Michalek of the Ottawa Senators and David Krejci of the Boston Bruins are among the high-profile forwards on the team.

A few former NHL players are on the team as well. Tomas Kaberle of Toronto Maple Leafs fame is on the blue line and Petr Nedved, who starred for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers, plays forward. Nedved, 42, edges out Jagr as the oldest player on the team.

Forwards Jiri Hudler (Calgary), Radim Vrbata (Phoenix) and Jiri Tlusty (Carolina), defenseman Jan Hejda (Colorado) and goalie Michal Neuvirth (Washington) are among the notable omissions.

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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 68 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 61 25 13 4 38
P. Elias 62 11 20 -17 31
S. Gomez 51 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 60 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 67 11 12 -3 23
A. Larsson 57 3 19 2 22
A. Greene 75 3 17 2 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 55 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47