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'It would be something special'

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Senators forward Milan Michalek hopes to be smiling on Wednesday morning when the Czech Republic names it 2010 Olympic team (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).

Milan Michalek hopes he'll wake up to a dream.

The Ottawa Senators forward is eagerly awaiting the Czech Republic hockey federation's announcement Wednesday of the team it will send to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Michalek, who leads the Senators with 16 goals this season, is considered a strong candidate to make the squad.

"All the teams are announcing their (Olympic) squads, so I'm thinking about it a little bit," Michalek said with a gap-toothed grin after the Senators practice earlier today at Scotiabank Place. "It's going to be exciting tomorrow morning when I wake up, to see if I'm there or not. We'll see."

Even better, he said, would be the presence of two Michaleks on that team. His older brother Zbynek, a defenceman with the Phoenix Coyotes, is also being considered by the Czechs for inclusion on the Olympic roster. The Michaleks have both represented their homeland at previous world hockey championships, but never on the same team.

What better place to make some family history than Vancouver 2010?

"It would be unbelievable," Michalek said of possibly making his Olympic debut in February. "It would be something great for me. It would be something special, especially if my brother makes the team, too.

"We talked about it in the summer and last night, we talked about it, too. We'll see (Wednesday) if we are there or not."

So, too, will Senators centre Mike Fisher, who's considered in the mix for a Team Canada roster spot, and Jarkko Ruutu, who could be named to his third Olympic team for Finland. Both those countries also have team announcements set for Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Binghamton Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins got some good news earlier today when Latvia named him to its Olympic lineup. Another Sens prospect, forward Roman Wick, might hear his name called Wednesday when Switzerland reveals its 2010 roster.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson (Sweden) and defenceman Anton Volchenkov (Russia) were earlier named to Olympic teams by their respective countries.



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