Palát: Being part of the trio chosen for OH is a great honor for me

Tampa Bay hockey player Ondřej Palát takes his position among three Czech players who are already sure to be nominated for next year’s Olympic Games in Beijing as a great honor.

The Tampa star is happy to allow the NHL to allow players to compete in the five-round tournament again, but is now focusing more on the Lightning’s performance on the best hockey league stage in the world, at which the he Florida team entered as a Stanley Cup defenseman. for the last two seasons.

Czech Hockey management released the names of three elected officials a week ago. Besides Palát, 30, who previously played in the Sochi 2014 Olympics, other attacking stars David Pastrňák of Boston and Jakub Voráček of Columbus are sure. “It’s a terrible honor for me to be there with Paste and Vory, really. It’s something you dreamed of when you were little playing at the Olympics. I can’t wait to be there,” he said. he said in an online interview with a Sport Invest agency today, which represents him.

There is still a lot of time until February, but the native of Frýdek-Místek admitted that he saw the Olympics approaching. “Sure, I think about the season in the NHL, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have the Olympics in mind at all. “It will be a very difficult and demanding tournament, but we will leave everything there,” Palát assured him.

From the strong Lightning squad with a number of first-size stars, this sure won’t be the only one expected to make it to Beijing. “We told the boys if everything goes well maybe half the squad will be okay. We had eight to ten players, not sure if any other team in the league has more. a possible one, ”said Palát.

From the Czech perspective, defenders Jan Rutta are also possible from the cabin, and somewhat surprisingly considering all the circumstances Andrej Šustr, who after two years at Kunlun in China in KHL has signed a two-way contract with the management of the club at the end of July on the list of free agents, then direction the farm, but returns to the first team.

“We’re happy because it was such a fuss… Andy left, this year he and his GM agreed to a contract, came to camp and looked amazing. He got better in the eyes. everyone and surprised everyone at the camp. Zach Bogosian and Andy got hurt right away. He had a chance right away. It’s great because he didn’t look for the money. He didn’t look for the money. could have made that much money in Europe, but he wanted to play in the NHL, he has my great respect. I’m very happy for him too. ” Palát.

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