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Oct 6, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) during a media timeout during the second period of a game against the Washington Capitals at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins winger and confirmed Czech hockey legend David Pastrnak will make his triumphant return to Beijing and represent the Czech Republic in the 2022 Olympics, as Pastrnak was one of three provisional players named to the Czech roster along with the Blue Jackets’ Jakub Voracek and Tampa Bay’s Ondej Palat.

That designation means that Pastrnak will be on the Czech Republic’s roster at next year’s Olympics so long as he’s healthy and eligible, according to the IIHF.

One of the league’s top stars, the 25-year-old Pastrnak is coming off a 2021 campaign that included 20 goals and 48 points in 48 games played, and after a 2019-20 campaign that ended with the first Rocket Richard Trophy of Pastrnak’s career.

This is slated to be Pastrnak’s first trip to the Olympics, and Pastrnak’s first run on international ice since the 2018 World Championships, where he scored four goals and six points in five games. Pastrnak has appeared in four international tournaments as a pro, with six goals and 19 points in 24 games between three World Championship runs and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Pastrnak will certainly not be the only B’s player picked to represent their country at next year’s Olympics, with the Bruins having more than a handful of potential Olympic roster candidates across the board.

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