The Czech Republic became the first country to name its full roster for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Included on the list were New York Rangers forwards Radek Dvorak and Jan Hlavac. Of the 37 players announced, only 23 will make the final cut as teams are forced to trim their rosters down to 20 skaters and three goaltenders by the winter.
An appearance in the 2002 Olympics would be the first for both players. The Czech Republic captured the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and recently captured their third consecutive title at the 2001 World Hockey Championship in Germany.
Both Blueshirt forwards have represented the Czech Republic in international competition in the past.
Dvorak represented the Czechs at the 1995 World Junior Championship and was a member of the 2001 World Championship squad.
Hlavac also participated in the 1995 World Junior Championship in Red Deer, Alberta, as well as the 1996 tournament in Boston. In 1999, he tallied the game-winning goal, in overtime, to give the Czech Republic their second consecutive World Championship title in Norway. _____________________________________
CZECH REPUBLIC 2002 OLYMPIC ROSTER
FORWARDS: Radek Dvorak (Rangers) Jan Hlavac (Rangers) Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh) Martin Straka (Pittsburgh) Josef Beranek (Pittsburgh) Robert Lang (Pittsburgh) Patrick Elias (New Jersey) Petr Sykora (New Jersey) Radek Bonk (Ottawa) Martin Havlat (Ottawa) Milan Hedjuk (Colorado) Martin Rucinsky (Montreal) Pavel Patera (Minnesota) Robert Reichel (Toronto) Jiri Dopita (Philadelphia) David Vyborny (Columbus) David Moravec (Vitkovice - Czech Republic) Martin Prochazka (Vitkovice - Czech Republic) Viktor Ujcik (Slavia Prague - Czech Republic) Petr Cajanek (Zlin - Czech Republic)
DEFENSEMEN: Petr Svoboda (Tampa Bay) Pavel Kubina (Tampa Bay) Jiri Slegr (Atlanta) Frantisek Kaberle (Atlanta) Frantisek Kucera (Pittsburgh) Richard Smehlik (Buffalo) Roman Hamrlik (Islanders) Jaroslav Spacek (Chicago) Michal Sykora (Philadelphia) Filip Kuba (Minnesota) Martin Skoula (Colorado) Tomas Kaberle (Toronto)
GOALTENDERS: Domimik Hasek (Detroit) Roman Turek (Calgary) Roman Cechmanek (Philadelphia) Milan Hnilicka (Atlanta) Dusan Salficky (Plzen - Czech Republic)