Team Czech Republic names preliminary World Cup of Hockey roster

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Team Czech Republic has released its preliminary roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, taking place Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.

Each team’s full 23-man roster must be finalized by June 1.

Named to Team Czech Republic are:

G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

D Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers
D Michal Kempny, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
D Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks
D Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning

F Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames
F Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes
F Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks
F David Krejci, Boston Bruins
F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning
F David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
F Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
F Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

The final roster announcement schedule for all teams on May 27 is as follows:
*All times Eastern

Team Finland:
Roster announcement: 3 a.m. ET
See Team Finland's initial 16-player roster

Team Russia:
Roster announcement: 5 a.m. ET
See Team Russia's initial 16-player roster

Team Czech Republic:
Roster announcement: 5 a.m. ET
See Team Czech Republic's initial 16-player roster

Team Sweden:
Roster announcement: 11 a.m. ET
See Team Sweden's initial 16-player roster

Team Europe:
Roster announcement: 6:09 ET
See Team Europe's initial 16-player roster

Team U.S.A.
Roster announcement: 6:13 ET
See Team U.S.A.'s initial 16-player roster

Team North America:
Roster announcement: 6:16 ET
Mark Spector's full Team North America projected roster

Team Canada:
Roster announcement: 6:22 ET
Damien Cox's full Team Canada projected roster