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Nedved to represent Czech Republic at 2014 Winter Olympics

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According to the Canadian Press on Monday, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Petr Nedved will represent his native Czech Republic in the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Nedved, who is now 42 years of age, represented Canada at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer and guided Canada to a silver medal. The Canadians lost 3-2 to Sweden in a dramatic shootout. Nedved recorded five goals and one assist for six points in the hockey tournament.

Nedved was successfully able to play for Canada after defecting from Czechoslovakia while the nation was under Communist rule. Nedved came to Canada in 1989 after playing in the Mac's Midget Hockey Tournament in Calgary, and declared his defection to Calgary police. He would be drafted second overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1990 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Nedved has twice represented the Czech Republic internationally-- at the 1996 World Cup and the 2012 World Hockey Championships in Helsinki, where the Czech Republic won the bronze medal.

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