Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek is playing for Czech Republic at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: This is Michalek's second appearance at the Olympics. He played in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Czech Republic placed fifth that year.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:
|Photo by Norm Hall. |
Played in eight games and registered 3-1-4 with Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland.
Helped lead Czech Republic to a bronze medal at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia…Played in eight games recording one assist and six penalty minutes.2010:
Played in five games for Czech Republic at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.2008:
Played for Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City, appearing in seven games.2007:
Played for Team Czech Republic at IIHF World Championship in Moscow…Registered an assist in seven games.2006:
Represented Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Latvia, recording three goals and six penalty minutes in nine games to help team win the silver medal.
FUN FACT: Michalek's younger brother, Milan, also is on Czech Republic's team. They played together at the 2010 Olympics, too.
HE SAID IT:
On playing at the Olympics:
"As a small kid you dream about playing in the Stanley Cup Final and playing in the Olympics. It's a dream come true for every one of us."
On playing for his country:
"I take a lot of pride in playing for my country. It's a special feeling when you put that jersey on and go on the ice and battle for your country, and when they play our national anthem before or after the game. I know everyone is watching back home and I want to make them proud and happy. Hockey is very popular back home and people root for us and they are not happy when we don't do well. So, it's a responsibility and we want to make them proud and do our best."
On playing with brother Milan at the Olympics:
"It's very special. Playing at the Olympics is cool enough but getting to play for my country alongside my brother, I don't know if there's anything else you can ask for. Our whole family is really excited. It's going to be a lot fo fun."