Kuba, competing in his second games, joins an experienced Czech blueline as one of the three defensemen with Olympic experience -- both Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina will compete in their third Olympic competition.
He was a member of the 2001, 2002 and 2008 World Championship teams, winning a gold medal for his country in 2001.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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