BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara will captain Slovakia at the Sochi Games next month, hoping to improve on fourth place at the Vancouver Olympics.
Other major Slovak stars, including Chicago Blackhawks forwards Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak are also on the 25-man squad that coach Vladimir Vujtek announced on Tuesday.
Defencemen Lubomir Visnovsky of the New York Islanders and Michal Sersen of HC Slovan Bratislava together with forward Marian Gaborik of the Columbus Blue Jackets made the team although they are still injured.
Slovakia starts the Olympic tournament on Feb. 13 against the United States before facing Slovenia and Russia in Group A.
In Vancouver in 2010, Slovakia surprised by placing fourth, its highest finish in Olympic ice hockey.
The complete roster is as follows:
Goaltenders: Peter Budaj, Jaroslav Halak, Jan Laco
Defence: Ivan Baranka, Zdeno Chara, Dominik Granak, Martin Marincin, Andrej Meszaros, Andrej Sekera, Michal Sersen, Lubomir Visnovsky.
Forwards: Milan Bartovic, Marian Gaborik, Michal Handzus, Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Kopecky, Tomas Marcinko, Michel Miklik, Peter Olvecky, Richard Panik, Tomas Surovy, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Zaborsky.
Marian Hossa and the late Pavol Demitra finished first and second in tournament scoring with 10 and nine points respectively.
- With files from TSN.ca