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Czechs hope camp is first step to WJC medal status

by Mike G. Morreale


Goalies: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer, WHL (2013 draft eligible); Jan Lukas, HC Valasske Mezirici (2013 draft eligible); Matej Machovsky, Brampton, OHL (2013 draft eligible).

Defensemen: Milan Doudera, IHC Pisek (2013 draft eligible); Marek Hrbas, Kamloops, WHL (2013 draft eligible); Tomas Kvapil, Energie Karlovy Vary, MHL (2013 draft eligible); David Musil, Edmonton, WHL (Oilers); Tomas Pavelka, PEI, QMJHL (2013 draft eligible); Petr Sidlik, Victoriaville, QMJHL (2013 draft eligible); Jan Stencel, HC Vitkovice (2013 draft eligible); Patrik Urbanec, HC Zlin (2013 draft eligible); Vojtech Zadrazil, HC Dukla Jihlava (2013 draft eligible).

Forwards: Matej Beran, PEI, QMJHL (2013 draft eligible); Petr Beranek, Orli Znojmo (2013 draft eligible); Radek Faksa, Kitchener, OHL (Stars); Martin Frk, Halifax, QMJHL (Red Wings); Tomas Hertl, HC Slavia Praha (Sharks); Tomas Hyka, Gatineau, QMJHL (Kings); Dmitrij Jaskin, Moncton, QMJHL (Blues); Petr Koblasa, HC Karlovy Vary (2013 draft eligible); Erik Nemec, HC Vitkovice U20 (2013 draft eligible); Tomas Rousek, IHC Pisek (2013 draft eligible); Lukas Sedlak, Chicoutimi, QMJHL (Blue Jackets); Dominik Simon, HC Litomerice (2013 draft eligible); Michal Svihalek, IHC Pisek (2013 draft eligible); Vojtech Tomecek, Energie Karlovy Vary, MHL (2013 draft eligible); Jakub Vrana, Linkoping (2014 draft eligible).

The Czech Ice Hockey Association would like nothing more than to see the country snap its disappointing string of appearances at the World Junior Championship.

After boasting back-to-back gold medals in 2000 and 2001, the Czechs have won a single medal since then -- a bronze in 2005 -- and haven't finished higher than fifth the past seven tournaments.

The Czechs are hoping that changes at the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia, when they compete in Group A with defending gold-medalist Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Latvia.

The CIHA officially announced the 27-player roster attending selection camp next week that ultimately will determine the 23-man roster that will be submitted Dec. 23.

The selection camp will have seven returning players from last year's team that finished fifth. Their highlight victory was a 5-2 win against the United States in preliminary-round competition.

The returnees include defensemen David Musil of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Marek Hrbas of the Kamloops Blazers, and forwards Radek Faksa of the Kitchener Rangers, Tomas Hertl of HC Slavia Praha, Dmitrij Jaskin of the Moncton Wildcats, Tomas Hyka of Gatineau Olympiques and Lukas Sedlak of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

Faksa, taken by the Dallas Stars with the 13th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, has produced seven goals and 24 points in 26 games for Kitchener this season. At the 2012 WJC, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound forward had two goals in six games.

Also attending the camp is 2013 NHL Draft prospect defenseman Jan Stencel of Czech club Vitkovice. Stencel (5-foot-9, 174 pounds) is No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of skaters from the Czech Republic.

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