You probably think 44-year-old Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr is immortal. It's a fair case to make -- especially since he's still playing hockey at the age he is -- but even heroes have their weaknesses.
Jagr was left off the Team Czech Republic World Cup of Hockey roster. Not because he's bad in his old age or that the league is snubbing one of the most likable players in the NHL. Actually, Jagr retired from international play after the 2014 IIHF World Championship -- then played in the 2015 tournament before retiring again -- leaving the Czech Republic in the hands of a new, younger generation to fill his shoes.
|F||Michael Frolik||Calgary Flames|
|F||Martin Hanzal||Arizona Coyotes|
|F||Tomas Hertl||San Jose Sharks|
|F||David Krejci||Boston Bruins|
|F||Ondrej Palat||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|F||David Pastrnak||Boston Bruins|
|F||Tomas Plekanec||Montreal Canadiens|
|F||Vladimir Sobotka||Avangard Omsk (KHL)|
|F||Jakub Voracek||Philadelphia Flyers|
|D||Radko Gudas||Philadelphia Flyers|
|D||Michal Kempny||Avangard Omsk (KHL)|
|D||Roman Polak||San Jose Sharks|
|D||Andrej Sustr||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|G||Petr Mrazek||Detroit Red Wings|
|G||Michal Neuvirth||Philadelphia Flyers|
|G||Ondrej Pavelec||Winnipeg Jets|
Team Czech Republic features the first two non-NHLers to grace a World Cup of Hockey roster. Sobotka has played 381 games at the NHL level, but decided to play in the KHL this past season with teammate Kempny, who also makes the roster as a first timer.
Three Flyers are on the Czech roster, including one of last year's top five scorers in Voracek and standout backup netminder Neuvirth. Second year forward Pastrnak also gets a nod from the Bruins, signaling the new beginnings of a Czech Republic team, one without long standing stalwart Jagr -- for now.