Blues' Sobotka named to Czech Olympic team

(ST. LOUIS) – The St. Louis Blues tally of Olympians is now up to four. Today the Czech Republic Hockey announced their 25-man roster that will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Making his first Olympic appearance will be Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka.

Sobotka, 26, will be representing the Czech Republic for the 3rd time in his career. Previously, the Trebic, Czech Republic native appeared in the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships, and was named the Czech Republic's Second Star at the end of the 2007 tournament. This season, the 5'10", 197-pound forward is eighth on the Blues among forwards with 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 35 games.

The Czech team was eliminated by Finland in the quarter-finals at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, finishing seventh in the tournament. They will play in Group C alongside Latvia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Last week, the United States announced its squad would include three Blues, captain David Backes, forward T.J. Oshie, and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.


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