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Jan Hejda
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Jan Hejda  #8

Colorado Avalanche  Defenseman
NUMBER: 8 BIRTHDATE: June 18, 1978  (AGE 36)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Prague, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 237 DRAFTED: BUF / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 4th   (106th overall)
Hejda, a native of Prague, will be making his Olympic debut, but he doesn't lack international experience. He has represented his country at five of the past seven World Championships (2003-2006, 2008) and has played more than 80 games for the national team, since playing his first game in 2002.

He helped the Czech Republic win the gold medal at the 2005 World Championships as well as the silver at the 2006 World Championships.

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