Monday, April 25, 2005

Top Czechs in, Swedes out at this year's worlds

The 25-man Czech team has two key forwards injured -- Patrick Elias of the New Jersey Devils and Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche -- but otherwise has only two skaters not from NHL clubs.

Solid goaltending comes from Tomas Vukoun of Boston, backed up by Toronto prospect Milan Hnilicka and Adam Svoboda of Nuremberg in the German league.

The defence is led by Tomas Kaberle of Toronto, Pavel Kubina of Tampa Bay, Jiri Fischer of Detroit and veteran Jiri Slegr of Boston. The Czechs also have has Jaroslav Spacek of Columbus, Frantisek Kaberle of Carolina, Marek Zidlicky of Nashville and Jan Hejda of CSKA Moscow.

With Jagr up front are shooters like Petr Sykora of Anaheim, Martin Rucinsky of Vancouver, Martin Straka of Los Angeles, Ales Hemsky and Radek Dvorak of Edmonton and checker Vaclav Varada of Ottawa.

Others are David Vyborny and Radim Vrbata of Columbus, Jan Hlavac of the New York Rangers, Vaclav Prospal of Tampa Bay, Jozef Vasicek of Carolina, Peter Cajanek of St. Louis and Petr Prucha of the Pardubice club.
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