Elias will captain the Czechs in his third Olympic appearance. While he won bronze in 2006, he will be looking for a better personal outcome as he was sidelined with injury for the tournament after bruising his ribs in the opening game.
In 2009, he was awarded the Golden Stick Award, given annually by the Czech media to the best hockey player in the country, ending the four year reign of fellow Olympian Jaromir Jagr.
The last time Elias suited up for his country in a major tournament was at the 2009 World Championships. At the 2008 World Championships he led the team and tied for second in the tournament with six goals. The first time he played for his country he won a bronze medal at the 1998 World Championships.
He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.
— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft