Czech Republic loads roster with NHLers
Coach Ivan Hlinka, who led the Czechs to victory at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and took charge of the team again after this month's world championships, announced a 26-man roster Tuesday loaded with NHL players.
Only two members of the team are based in Europe, forwards Jiri Dopita and Tomas Vlasak.
Notable omissions are Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek, who recently underwent groin surgery, and forwards Petr Sykora of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Radek Bonk of the Ottawa Senators and Petr Nedved of the Edmonton Oilers.
The tournament will be held from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 at several sites in North America and Europe. The Czechs will be placed in the European Pool, along with Finland, Germany and Sweden.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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