Rosters - Czech Republic

The defending champions could be even better than last year with right winger Pavel Brendl and defenseman Rostislav Klesla in the lineup. Brendl, who scored 132 goals in his first two seasons with the WHL Calgary Hitmen, is making his first WJC appearance. Incredibily, the Czechs did not invite him to play in 1999 and, because of that, Brendl declined an invitation last season. He's the property of the New York Rangers. Klesla, just 18, was the first choice of the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000, and started this season with the NHL club. Coach Jaroslav Holik, one of the former Czechoslovakia's all-time great players and the father of New Jersey Devils star Bobby Holik, also will employ right winger Radim Vrbata, leading scorer with Shawinigan of the Quebec League; Zdenek Blatny a slick centre from the WHL Kootenay Ice; and defenseman Libor Ustrnul, a 6-5, 230-pound cruncher from the OHL Plymouth Whalers. Zdenek Smid, the splendid goalie who shut out Russia in last year's gold medal game,is overage.

 

# Player S/C Ht. (cm) Wt. (kg) Birthdate 2000-01 Team
No Joueur T/A T. (cm) P. (kg) Naissance Équipe 2000-01
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
1 CUCELA Lukas L 181 76 25/05/81 Vitkovice
30 DUBA Tomas L 183 80 02/07/81 Sparta Praha
Defence/Défense
3 USTURNUL Libor L 195 98 20/02/82 Plymouth Whalers
4 POJKAR David L 183 90 04/06/81 Slavia Praha
5 GROF Jakub R 178 80 16/05/81 Karlovy Vary
6 VYTISK Jan L 184 90 20/07/81 Vitkovice
7 NOSEK David R 185 87 19/02/81 HC Trinec
8 CUTTA Jakub L 192 95 29/12/81 Swift Current
13 CHOTEBORSKY Jan L 184 87 28/01/81 Plzen
16 KIESLA Rostislav L 191 91 21/03/82 Brampton
Forwards/Avants
9 MOSKAL Patrik L 178 79 11/01/81 HC Trinec
10 RACHUNEK Ivan R 176 78 06/07/81 Zlin
11 BLATNY Zdenek L 190 90 14/01/81 Kootenay Ice
14 PLEKANEC Tomas L 177 86 31/10/82 Velvana Kladno
15 TOMICA Marek L 185 83 01/01/81 Slavia Praha
17 VLCEK Ladislav L 184 85 26/09/81 Velvana Kladno
19 NEDOROST Vaclav L 186 84 16/03/82 C/ Budejovice
21 BRENDL Pavel L 187 92 23/03/81 Calgary Hitmen
22 ERAT Martin L 182 87 29/08/81 Saskatoon
23 HAVEL Lukas L 174 80 10/11/81 Brampton
25 SIVEK Michal L 192 96 21/01/81 Sparta Praha
26 VRBATA Radim L 185 85 13/06/81 Shawinigan

 

Staff/Personnel
Head Coach HOLIK Jaroslav
Assistant Coach RULIK Radim
General Manager DANEK Radomir
Team Leader KUSY Zbynek
Equipment Manager KYCHYNA Libor
Doctor BOBULA Milos