The Czech Republic will head to the 2016 World Juniors looking for their first medal since 2005. A team that continuously struggles every single year, the Czech’s will be without star forwards David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins) and Jakub Vrana (Hershey Bears), who will instead be playing with their respective pro clubs. Their defense has some strong links, with the likes of Dominik Masin and Jakub Zboril patrolling the blue line, but the real question is whether or not Vitek Vanecek can regain his true form and help boost the Czech goaltending after a weak effort a year ago.

Vítek VaněčekGoalieSouth Carolina, ECHL
Daniel VladařGoalieChicago, USHL
Aleš StezkaGoalieSioux Falls, USHL
Jakub Zbořil DefensemanSaint John, QMJHL
Filip PyrochtaDefensemanVictoriaville, QMJHL
Dominik MašínDefensemanPeterborough, OHL
Jan ŠčotkaDefensemanPardubice
David SkleničkaDefensemanPlzeň
Filip HronekDefensemanMountfield HK
Alex Rašner DefensemanOlomouc
Ondřej MiklišDefensemanSparta Praha/Litoměřice
Pavel ZachaForwardSarnia, OHL
Michael ŠpačekForwardRed Deer, WHL
Šimon StránskýForwardPrince Albert, WHL
Tomáš ŠoustalForwardKelowna, WHL
Filip ChlapíkForwardCharlottetown, QMJHL
Jiří SmejkalForwardMoose Jaw, WHL
David Kaše ForwardChomutov
Radek VeselýForwardChomutov
Daniel VoženílekForwardPardubice
David TomášekForwardPardubice
Jiří Černoch ForwardSparta Praha
Jan Ordoš ForwardLiberec
Dominik LakatošForwardLiberec

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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