He joins his younger brother, Milan, on the Czech roster for his first Olympic experience. Separated by two years, this will mark the first time the two have competed together on the international stage. They will be one of six brother combinations competing in Vancouver (Belarus' Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn; Finland's Jarkko and Tuomo Ruutu, Mikko and Saku Koivu; Slovakia's Marian and Marcel Hossa; Sweden's Daniel and Henrik Sedin).
Michalek represented the Czech Republic at the World Championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008, winning a silver medal and finishing tied for second among defensemen in scoring with three goals in 2006.
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday