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.
I mean, hockey had to change the rules because of Marty, and that's impressive. I got two Stanley Cup rings because of the guy. Look at the banners of [Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko] and Marty is right up there when you think about the New Jersey Devils; he was part of the core group and he'll go down as one of the greatest goalies ever.
— New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez on former teammate Martin Brodeur, who will announce his retirement Thursday