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Krejci's World Class

B's center is enjoying his World Championship experience

Monday, 05.05.2008 / 3:36 PM / Features
By John Bishop  -
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David Krejci, just 22, had a breakout rookie winter for the Boston Bruins and despite the springtime's recent warm weather, the young forward's accomplishments just keep on piling up like so much New England snow.

Following up his excellent freshman campaign, the budding center joined the Czech National Team for the World Championships and is having a blast in Quebec City.

"We have three points out of four -- we lost in overtime yesterday against Russia," said Krejci via phone on Monday afternoon. "We have an opportunity to win a medal and go back home to the Czech Republic and see our fans."

It's not the first time that Krejci (5'11, 176 lbs) has represented the Czech Republic on the world stage. David earned a bronze medal in the 2005 World Junior Tournament and played in the tourney again in the 2006.

"It's a huge honor," said Krejci of skating for his country. "This is something special.

"When I was young I would dream about this, about playing for the national team in the World Championships, and I got the opportunity to do that this year."

Following two years in Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he earned a 49-95-144 line in 117 games, Krejci was the Providence Bruins best player during the 2006-07 American Hockey League season.

Last season with the P-Bruins Krejci, who was born in Sternberk of the Czech Republic, had a 31-43-74 line in 69 games and was also recalled to Boston three times for six NHL contests. He led Providence in scoring during the regular season and ranked third among AHL rookies. He then played 13 Calder Cup Playoff games and earned a 3-13-16 docket on the postseason.

This year, after an early refresher course with Providence, Krejci, drafted by the Black & Gold 63rd overall in round two of 2004 NHL Entry Draft, stuck with Boston to the tune of 55 games and a 6-21-27 line. The rookie playmaker was also second on the Bruins with a 1-4-5 line during the B's stirring seven game series with the Montreal Canadiens.

All of that led to his joining the Czech team in the World Championship.

Krejci explained that, unlike Canada and the United States where the Stanley Cup takes precedence and international hockey is often on the backburner, the IIHF World Championships are very big in his native land.

"Yes, for sure, this is huge," said Krejci. "Here in America, first comes the Stanley Cup and then it's the World Championship.

"In [my country] this means so much more for the Czech people -- more than anything else.

"It's [very] competitive -- it's not just the biggest tournament [in the Czech Republic], but in all of Europe," he said.

As such, the Czech team is loaded.

Patrik Elias, Tomas Kaberle and Ales Kotalik are just a couple of the NHL names, besides Krejci, that stand out on the roster.

"We actually have a lot of good players," said Krejci, with just a little awe as he ticked off a list of teammates. "We have a good team."

Moreover, Krejci indicated that the World Championship was helping him cope -- a little -- with the Bruins emotional exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Now that the playoffs are in the second round, it is so hard to watch," he said. "I wish we were still playing.

"I would love to be back on [the TD Banknorth Garden's] ice…and in the second or third round."

Being busy has certainly helped keep Krejci's chin up.

"I haven't seen too much of Quebec City because of the schedule," he said. "But I love it here.

"I am learning something every single day…and just having fun.

"It's a very good experience for me," he said.

Now wearing number 64 for his national team (as number 46 was taken), Krejci was asked what it would be like to face off against his Bruins teammates on Team USA, should the Czech Republic face off against the United States in the medal round.

Krejci gave his familiar snicker before answering.

"Hopefully, we'll play against America," quipped Krejci before he laughingly added, "and maybe I'll score a goal…against Timmy [Thomas]."




1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31


P. Bergeron 48 12 21 5 33
C. Soderberg 49 10 21 8 31
L. Eriksson 48 11 18 7 29
M. Lucic 48 10 18 10 28
D. Hamilton 49 8 19 1 27
R. Smith 49 10 16 8 26
B. Marchand 44 13 12 11 25
T. Krug 45 10 15 7 25
D. Krejci 29 6 18 9 24
C. Kelly 47 5 16 6 21
N. Svedberg 5 5 0 .922 2.22
T. Rask 21 11 7 .920 2.34
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