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.
We were thinking about Rich back home, but I thought we did a great job getting mentally ready for this game. We're still in a big playoff push and we found a way to get two points. It's not easy. It hit our guys pretty good [Monday] night. We did a great job as a group.
— Dallas captain Jamie Benn on the Stars' OT victory against the St. Louis Blues the night after Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench