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Tomas Kaberle

Tomas Kaberle  #22

Defenseman
NUMBER: 22 BIRTHDATE: March 2, 1978
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Rakovnik, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 212 DRAFTED: TOR / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 8th   (204th overall)
Kaberle is one of four Czech players making their third Olympic appearance and he will be looked upon as one of the leaders on the blueline. In 2006, the Czechs defeated the Russians to win the bronze medal. Kaberle commented on winning the bronze: "Every time you get to touch a medal (it's memorable) obviously you want gold, but at least we beat the Russians for the bronze. It would be nice to do it again."

At the 2008 World Championships he led all defensemen with nine assists (1-9-10) and was selected to the All-Star Team. He won a gold medal at the 2005 World Championships and his seven assists in 2003 led the team and tied for fifth in the tournament.

His father, Frantisek Sr., played at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and in 2006, he played alongside his older brother Frantisek Jr.

Quote of the Day

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