Meet the Team: Czechia's 2023 U18 World Hockey Championship roster
The upstart Czechs enjoyed what can only be described as a successful tournament at last year's U18s in Germany, even if they failed to medal. They finished fourth, but they put in strong efforts against the powerhouse Americans and even beat Canada along the way. It's just a shame it had to end on a sour note with a loss to Finland in the bronze medal game.
That team was led by tournament MVP Jiří Kulich and Eduard Šalé, who was one of the best passers of the tournament and will be part of the team again this year. There are plenty of other compelling prospects on this year's team, too. They have two goalies that could be NHL draft picks in Michael Hrabal and Adam Dybal, for starters. Then there's the Czech blue line, a group that features Jakub Dvořák, Adam Jiříček, and Tomáš Galvas.
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