The hockey year may be over for the St. Louis Blues, but it’s still rolling for both Vladimir Sobotka and Roman Polak. These two have joined the Czech Republic for the World Championship in Belarus. Sobotka has never played in the World Championship and missed out on suiting up for his country when he came down with an injury before the Olympics in Sochi. Polak has competed in the World Championship and will be the only member of the Czech defense with any experience in the tournament.
Nice to see two Blues players selected. Vladimir Tarasenko was invited to participate with Russia, but he declined due to a lingering wrist injury. Other players were invited, but they’ve declined or passed for a variety of reasons.
Polak’s inclusion is an interesting one considering he was snubbed by the Czech in Sochi. Though pickings for the tournament are usually slim, it’s also possible the country realized their mistake after a disappointing Olympic performance.