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.