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Filip Kuba

Filip Kuba  #17

Defenseman
NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: December 29, 1976
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Ostrava, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 225 DRAFTED: FLA / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 8th   (192nd overall)
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.

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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