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.
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness