From February 9 to 13, Hradec Králové will play host to a 5-team, round-robin tournament. The host Czech team will welcome the U18 national teams from Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States.
|Dmitrij Jaškin. Photo: Pavel Vrtiška, hc-slavia.cz.|
At the World Championship tournament in April, all teams will have the opportunity to augment their rosters with players from North American junior teams who have been eliminated from their respective leagues' playoffs. Some Czechs who might have the opportunity to play are defenceman David Musil of the Vancouver Giants and right winger Martin Frk of the Halifax Mooseheads. In that tournament, the Czech Republic will play in a group based in Dresden against Canada, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.
From the Czech Ice Hockey Association's website, cslh.cz, here is the roster of the Czech team that will compete in the tournament, February 9 to 13 at ČEZ Stadion in Hradec Králové:
Goaltenders: Patrik Bartošák (Vítkovice), Jaroslav Pavelka (Hradec Králové), Jiří Sýkora (Kladno).
Defencemen: Tomáš Pavelka (Vítkovice), Štěpán Jeník, Antonín Růžička (both Slavia Praha), Petr Šidlík, Vojtěch Zadražil (both Jihlava), Tomáš Kvapil (Lulea, Sweden), Ondřej Starý (Pardubice).
Forwards: Michal Švihálek, Tomáš Rousek, Lukáš Sedlák (all České Budějovice), Dmitrij Jaškin, Tomáš Hertl, Tomáš Moravec (all Slavia Praha), Matěj Beran (Lulea, Sweden), Petr Koblasa (Karlovy Vary), Radek Faksa (Třinec), Tomáš Hyka (Mladá Boleslav), Jakub Matai (Litvínov), Ondřej Hampl, Zdeněk Doležal (both Sparta Praha).
Substitutes: Marek Červený (Hradec Králové), Václav Tomek (Slavia Praha), Michael Janota (Zlín), David Březina (Pardubice), Michal Gutwald (Kladno), Jakub Šrámek (Litvínov), Jakub Faschingbauer, Martin Váchal (both Plzeň), Lukáš Kříž (České Budějovice).
Coaches: Jiří Šolc, Martin Hosták
Team Manager: Martin Hosták
Goaltending coach: Marcel Kučera
Physician: Dr. Petr Čech
Treasurer: František Ptáček
Here is the schedule of the tournament in Hradec Králové:
Wednesday, Feb 9:
15.00 Czech Republic – Finland
18.30 USA – Sweden
Thursday, Feb 10:
15.00 Russia – USA
18.30 Sweden – Finland
Friday, Feb 11:
15.00 Sweden – Russia
18.30 Czech Republic – USA
Saturday, Feb 12:
15.00 Finland – Russia
18.30 Czech Republic – Sweden
Sunday, Feb 13:
13.30 USA – Finland
17.00 Czech Republic – Russia