Palat, Pastrnak, Voracek submitted by Czech Republic for 2022 Olympics


Ondrej Palat, David Pastrnak and Jakub Voracek are the first names submitted to be part of the Czech Republic men’s hockey team at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Palat and Voracek each will play in his second Olympics; each represented the Czech Republic in 2014. This will be Pastrnak’s first Olympics.

Participating countries were asked to declare three players last month.

Palat, a 30-year-old forward for the Tampa Bay Lightning, scored 46 points (15 goals, 31 assists) in 55 NHL games last season. He scored 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoffs games when the Lightning won the Stanley Cup last season for the second straight time.

Palat has scored 374 points (125 goals, 249 assists) in 551 career NHL games since debuting with Tampa Bay in 2012-13 and has scored 73 points (37 goals, 36 assists) in 115 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He played four games for the Czech Republic in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and did not score a point.

Pastrnak, a 25-year-old forward for the Boston Bruins, scored 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists) in 48 NHL games last season. He scored 15 points (seven goals, eights assists) in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games when the Bruins were eliminated after a six-game loss to the New York Islanders in the second round. 

Pastrnak has scored 427 points (200 goals, 227 assists) in 438 NHL games, all with the Bruins, who selected him with the No. 25 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He has scored 68 points (21 goals, 47 assists) in 63 career NHL playoff games. 

Voracek, a 32-year-old forward in his first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, scored 43 points (nine goals, 34 assists) in 53 NHL games last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, who did not qualify for the postseason.

Voracek was traded to the Blue Jackets for forward Cam Atkinson on July 24, 2021. He has scored 738 points (216 goals, 522 assists) in 968 NHL games since debuting with the Blue Jackets in 2008-09. Columbus selected him with the No. 7 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft and traded him to Philadelphia on June 23, 2011.

Voracek had one goal and one assist in five games with the Czech Republic in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo were the first names submitted Sunday to be part of the Canada men’s hockey team. New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog were the first names submitted Wednesday for the Sweden men’s hockey team.

Sebastian Aho, Aleksander Barkov and Mikko Rantanen were the first names submitted Thursday for the Finland men’s hockey team

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