Chicago Blackhawks forwards Marian Hossa
and Tomas Kopecky have been named to Slovakia’s 23-man roster for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Slovakia will open the tournament against the Czech Republic on Feb. 17, 2010.
The 2010 Games will be the third Olympic experience of Marian Hossa
’s career. The 30-year old forward registered six points (4G,2A) in two games for Slovakia in Salt Lake City in 2002, and 10 points (5G,5A) in six contests during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Hossa has also represented Slovakia in numerous World Junior Championships, World Championships, and the 2004 World Cup in his international career.
A native of Stara Lubovna, Slovakia, Hossa was signed by the Blackhawks as a free agent this summer following a team-leading 40-goal campaign with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008-09. He has netted six goals and seven assists in 16 games since joining the Chicago lineup after missing the first 22 contests of the year. Since the start of the 2001-02 season, Hossa is the third-most prolific goal scorer in the National Hockey League, and is one of eight players in NHL history to post a 40-goal season with three different teams.
The 21st Winter Olympiad will be Tomas Kopecky’s first opportunity to represent his country in international play. In his first season with the Blackhawks, the 27-year old forward has tallied five points (G,4A) in 36 regular-season games. Kopecky established career-highs in goals, assists, and points last season with the Detroit Red Wings, and won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008.
The National Hockey League will suspend its regular-season schedule from Feb. 15 through Feb. 28 for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Olympic hockey tournament begins on Feb. 16, 2010 when the United States takes on Switzerland.