Rozsival chosen to play for Czech Republic

January, 6, 2014
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The Chicago Blackhawks will have players representing least two countries in the upcoming Olympics in Sochi.

Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival was named to the Czech Republic’s team on Monday. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was previously named to Team USA.

Rozsival joined the Blackhawks prior to the 2012-13 season and helped them win the Stanley Cup, contributing four assists and a plus-nine rating in 23 playoff games. He has one goal, four assists and a plus-one rating in 24 games this season.

The Blackhawks re-signed Rozsival to a two-year contract in July. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman spoke then about what Rozsival provided the Blackhawks.

“When he was in our lineup, he really contributed,” Bowman said in July. “He seems to have the ability to help our offensive players out. He can log a lot of minutes. He can play a defensive situation. He’s a very versatile player.”

More Blackhawks are likely to be selected to their respective countries on Tuesday. The Blackhawks are expected to also have players make rosters for Canada, Slovakia and Sweden.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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