Ales Hemsky named to Team Czech Republic

Jonathan Willis
January 06 2014 02:37PM

 

Edmonton Oilers' right wing Ales Hemsky was named to the Czech Olympic team on Monday. 

Hemsky has been a staple of the Czech national team for years now. He missed the 2010 Olympics but won a bronze with the team in 2006, and he has also played in 25 World Championship games, recording 16 points and a plus-10 rating. He last played in Europe during the 2012-13 NHL lockout, putting up more than a point per game in the Czech Republic's top league.

This wasn't a foregone conclusion; the Czechs made a bunch of weird decisions and quality NHL'ers like Jiri Hudler, Radim Vrbata and Jan Hejda were left off the team while players Petr Nedved and Tomas Kaberle made the cut. 

It's a nice reward for Hemsky, whose offence has dipped a little in a recent years and particularly this season as he takes a back seat to players like Jordan Eberle, David Perron and Nail Yakupov. He's been providing the Oilers with an improved defensive game and doing yeoman's work on a line with Ryan Smyth and Boyd Gordon; it will be fun to see him flying on the big ice at Sochi. 

He'll be joined by his old teammate, Ladislav Smid, who was also named to the team today. Smid's likely to play key minutes in a shutdown role for the Czechs. 

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#51 Kr55
January 06 2014, 04:08PM
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Yay for 1 Oiler getting to do something worthwhile this season!

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#52 Truth
January 06 2014, 04:12PM
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@The Fasthest Man Alive

Ha, I agree. I thought it was clear that I was mocking Sutter's selections for the WJC's.

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#53 Chris A
January 06 2014, 04:30PM
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Lil Breezy wrote:

A shutdown dman that made the Czech national team? do you think we could acquire him? Stupid MacT.

At least the Czechs weren't so arrogant as to leave one of the fastest most skilled LWers in the game off the big ice in Europe.

I hope the Czechs beat Canada for that one. Otherwise they'll never learn.

Duchene and Hall wouldn't fly on the big ice like an old Martin St. Louis can. No sir.

I don't think anyone doubts that Hall would fly on the big ice. Not to mention the fact that you're posting as if the roster has already been released.

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#54 DAVE
January 06 2014, 04:31PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Petr Nedved is still playing hockey?!?!!!

Good question, He's gotta be older than smallpox.

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#55 He Who Knows
January 06 2014, 04:42PM
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Can someone for the love of god tell me why Smid was traded?????? Was it really cap space or did Mac T royally eff this up?

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#56 **
January 06 2014, 04:45PM
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HAppy for both Hemsky and Smid.

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#57 billythebullet
January 06 2014, 05:23PM
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Petr Nedved is 42. Plays for some provincial team over there. Or that's what the press release says.

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#58 Harlie
January 06 2014, 05:29PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Petr Nedved is still playing hockey?!?!!!

SHhhh! MacT might hear you.

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#59 Zarny
January 06 2014, 06:26PM
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Nedved and Kaberle? I thought you were joking but nope. I guess you can't make that kind of stupid up.

I love Smid but his play has dropped off big time. He was getting walked around this year and not even brushing a jersey.

Best of luck to Hemmer. After seeing the Czech roster the Olympics is probably going to feel a lot like playing with the Oilers.

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#60 pkam
January 06 2014, 06:32PM
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MacT was VP hockey ops at the time and the Oiler PR told us he was going to be working very closely with Tambo under Lowe.

"he" actually still fits.

Should Scott Howson tell MacT to make trades? Or the other way round?

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#61 Harlie
January 06 2014, 09:44PM
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Go get em' Pardubice Prince.

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#62 bluetada
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What is it with this love affair for Weber? Sure, he is one of the premiere D in the world. But trading two-thirds of our top line plus 1 of our top D prospects plus our 2014 1st rounder (which could very easily be Ekblad, who B. Sutter says WILL be playing in the NHL next year)? Please get real. After you make this trade and are paying Weber $14 million per for the next 4 years and $12 million per for the following 4 please tell me what you are going to do to get your number 1 and 2 centers plus a top line left winger to replace Hall (who some of you are mad that he was left off the Oly team). And are you going to play Weber 60 minutes a game since you will have no other top 4 D?

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