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Zacha, Zboril invited to Czech camp in Calgary

by Mike G. Morreale

Center Pavel Zacha and defenseman Jakub Zboril, each first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, highlight the roster of Czech Republic players invited to participate in Canada's junior development camp in Calgary next month.

The camp, which will be held from Aug. 1-6, will feature practices and exhibition games against Canada and Russia. Zacha, selected No. 6 by the New Jersey Devils, and Zboril (Boston Bruins, No. 13) will be among 22 players attending the camp that will help establish the roster for Czech Republic at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The roster also features three second-round selections: goaltender Vitek Vanecek (Washington Capitals, 2014), center Filip Chlapik (Ottawa Senators, 2015) and right wing Vaclav Karabacek (Buffalo Sabres, 2014).

There are four players on the roster who represented their country in the 2015 WJC in Montreal and Toronto: Vanecek, Zacha, and right wings David Kase (Philadelphia Flyers, 2015) and Michael Spacek (Winnipeg Jets, 2015). The Czech Republic placed sixth in the tournament.

The 2016 WJC will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland.


Goaltenders: Karel Vejmelka (Nashville Predators); Vitek Vanecek (Washington Capitals)

Defensemen: Tomas Havlin (2016 draft eligible); David Sklenicka (2016 eligible); Ondrej Miklis (2016 eligible); Jan Scotka (2016 eligible); Filip Pyrochta (2016 eligible); Alex Rasner (2016 eligible); Jakub Zboril (Boston Bruins)

Forwards: Tomas Gres (2016 eligible); Filip Kutak (2016 eligible); Jan Ordos (2016 eligible); Radek Vesely (2016 eligible); Jakub Kotala (2016 eligible); Jiri Cernoch (2016 eligible); Jindrich Abdul (2016 eligible); David Kase (Philadelphia Flyers); Vaclav Karabacek (Buffalo Sabres); Filip Chlapik (Ottawa Senators); Pavel Zacha (New Jersey Devils); Pavel Jenys (Minnesota Wild); Michael Spacek (Winnipeg Jets)

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