Milan Michalek, 25, will be making his Olympic debut for the Czech Republic and he will do so alongside his older brother, Zbynek. 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 commented on being named to the Olympic roster with his brother: "It was our dream to play together in such a big tournament. We talked about it before in the summer, and now the dream has come true. . . We played a lot in the streets all the time in our hometown when we were younger, but nothing since we were older."
I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.
— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season