We’re getting closer to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey teams opening their training camps, and so we continue our previews with Team Czech Republic.
At first glance, Team Czech Republic has the toughest draw in the tournament in Group A. And they won’t be picked by many to make it out of the Round Robin stage of the tournament. But Blackhawks fans will want to tune in to get an extended look at defenseman Michal Kempny, who will be in Chicago this season.
Team Czech Republic recently named Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec their captain.
Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars
Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames
Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes
Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars
Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks
Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues
David Krejci, Boston Bruins
Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs
Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning
David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks
Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers
Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes
Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes
Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames
Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks
Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning
Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets
All games played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. All times below are EST.
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Team Czech Republic @ Team Canada, 8 PM, ESPNEWS
Monday, Sept. 19 – Team Europe @ Team Czech Republic, 3 PM, ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 22 – Team USA @ Team Czech Republic, 8 PM, ESPN2
The top two teams from the round robin advance to the semifinals, which will be single elimination on Sept. 24-25. The final round is a best of three series with games being played between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1.