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Krejci's Olympic Dream

David will represent the Czech Republic in Vancouver

Thursday, 02.11.2010 / 5:18 PM / Vancouver 2010
By Samantha Wood  - BostonBruins.com
Bostonbruins.com – In just a few short days, David Krejci will fulfill his childhood dream.

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As an aspiring ice hockey player growing up in Sternberk, Czechoslovakia, Krejci always had his sights set on the Olympics.

At 12 years old, he watched the Czech National team return home from the Nagano Olympics with their first-ever gold medal. He knew then that making it to the Olympics would be his lifelong goal.

Now, at only 23 years old, Krejci has achieved just that.

“From that moment I knew that my dream…was to play at least one shift for [the] national team,” the forward said. “Now I get a chance to play for a big tournament and even experience that street in Prague… if we win the gold or do something special.”

Now the only thing he has to overcome is his nerves, as he prepares to play alongside childhood heroes like Jaromir Jagr.

“I’m really excited to meet them and it should be lots of fun,” Krejci said. “[I want to] get to know these guys before the first game and once I put the jersey on, just 100% focus out and do my job up there.”

Although Krejci has represented the Czech Republic in World Junior and World Championship play, this will be the first time Krejci has represented the Czech Republic on the ice in an Olympic capacity.

He’s played three seasons in the NHL, all with the Boston Bruins. Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning marked his 200th career game. He’s registered 130 points so far.
When asked if he thought the  Czech team could defeat Canada, Russia or the United States, Krejci reminded the media that, in this type of tournament, it’s anyone’s game.

“This is not best of seven. This is just one game, you win – you go to the next round… you lose – you’re out,” he said. “That can happen to anybody…one bad game and they’re out… so you never know.”

With only one Bruins game left before he dons the Czech Republic jersey, Krejci said he’s trying to relax and keep it simple so he can take it all in.

“It’s what I dreamed about when I was little, to represent my country and now the dream came true,” he said. “So I’ll do my best just like I’m trying to do here.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 80 19 50 39 69
P. Bergeron 80 30 32 38 62
J. Iginla 78 30 31 34 61
M. Lucic 80 24 35 30 59
B. Marchand 82 25 28 36 53
R. Smith 82 20 31 28 51
C. Soderberg 73 16 32 4 48
Z. Chara 77 17 23 25 40
T. Krug 79 14 26 18 40
L. Eriksson 61 10 27 14 37
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 36 15 6 .930 2.04
C. Johnson 17 4 3 .925 2.10
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