2 OHL Alumni On Team Czech at 2010 Worlds

czech republic iihf world hockey championship logoTeam Czech Republic at the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championships features two Ontario Hockey League alumni.

Lukas Kaspar played one season in the OHL, 2004-05, with the Ottawa 67’s. Kaspar helped the team reach the Robertson Cup finals before losing out to the London Knights. The 67’s appeared in the Memorial Cup despite the loss as the OHL was the host league that season.

Drafted in the first round, 22nd overall, by the San Jose Sharks in 2004, Lukas has played 16 games over two seasons with the NHL team. This past season, Kaspar played in Finland’s SM-Liiga with Oulun Karpat, finishing third on the team in scoring.

An updated article on this player is available here: Marek Kvapil

Like Lukas Kaspar, Marek Kvapil played just one season in the OHL in 2004-05. Kvapil played for the Saginaw Spirit and led the team in scoring with 62 points in 53 games. Marek was drafted 163rd overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2005.

Kvapil spent the following three seasons in the North American minors, playing on four different teams between the AHL and ECHL (Springfield Falcons, Johnstown Chiefs, Norfolk Admirals, Mississippi Sea Wolves). The Slovakian born forward has just completed his second season with HC Vitkovice Steel in the Czech Republic’s Extraliga. The team finished 4th in the 14 team league this season. Marek finished second on the team in scoring with 41 points in 50 regular season games.

Check out these other OHL grads playing in the IIHF World Hockey Championships:

John Parco on the Italian National Team

Oskar Osala on the Finnish National Team

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