Pastrnak to join Czechs
by Martin Merk|17 MAY 2022
Czech forward David Pastrnak will play in his fourth IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The Czech Ice Hockey Association confirmed that Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak will join the Czech men’s national team at the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

The 25-year-old is expected to arrive on Wednesday. He was injured at the end of the regular season but was able to compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs and following the health tests the Bruins gave green light for Pastrnak to play at the Worlds. He could already practise with the national team as soon as Wednesday and play in the game against Latvia on Thursday according to Czech national team GM Petr Nedved.

The Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner of 2020 finished his eighth season with the Boston Bruins and has previously played in three IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships (2016-2018) and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with the men’s national team. He was the Bruins’ top goal scorer this season. In 77 NHL games he scored 40 goals and collected 37 assist points.

The Czechs currently have two open spots on the rosters and Nedved has them reserved for Pastrnak and David Kampf. Pending formal release by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kampf could arrive on Thursday. For Kampf it would be the first big tournament with the men’s national team after having represented his country at the World Juniors in 2014 and 2015.

On the other hand Anaheim Ducks forward Dominik Simon will leave the team due to personal reasons.

With the new NHL arrivals, Petr Holik and Petr Kodytek won’t be registered and will travel home.