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Coyotes at Sochi: Michalek

Monday, 02.10.2014 / 5:06 PM MT / Features
By Dave Vest
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Coyotes at Sochi: Michalek

Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek is playing for Czech Republic at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: This is Michalek's second appearance at the Olympics. He played in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Czech Republic placed fifth that year.


Photo by Norm Hall.
2013: Played in eight games and registered 3-1-4 with Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland.

Helped lead Czech Republic to a bronze medal at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia…Played in eight games recording one assist and six penalty minutes.

2010: Played in five games for Czech Republic at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.

2008: Played for Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City, appearing in seven games.

2007: Played for Team Czech Republic at IIHF World Championship in Moscow…Registered an assist in seven games.

2006: Represented Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship in Latvia, recording three goals and six penalty minutes in nine games to help team win the silver medal.

FUN FACT: Michalek's younger brother, Milan, also is on Czech Republic's team. They played together at the 2010 Olympics, too.


On playing at the Olympics:

"As a small kid you dream about playing in the Stanley Cup Final and playing in the Olympics. It's a dream come true for every one of us."

On playing for his country:

"I take a lot of pride in playing for my country. It's a special feeling when you put that jersey on and go on the ice and battle for your country, and when they play our national anthem before or after the game. I know everyone is watching back home and I want to make them proud and happy. Hockey is very popular back home and people root for us and they are not happy when we don't do well. So, it's a responsibility and we want to make them proud and do our best."

On playing with brother Milan at the Olympics:

"It's very special. Playing at the Olympics is cool enough but getting to play for my country alongside my brother, I don't know if there's anything else you can ask for. Our whole family is really excited. It's going to be a lot fo fun." is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LLC, NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2016 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact Us