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.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4