Laskova to Represent Warriors in Winter Olympics

Laskova to Represent Warriors in Winter Olympics

The Merrimack women's ice hockey team will be represented in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing by current Warrior Dominika Laskova and former Warrior Kate Bukolska will compete for the Czech national team, as announced on Thursday.

Laskova is tied for second-most on the team in goals and second on the team in points through 17 contests as a graduate student this season. In the Women's Worlds tournament in August 2021, Laskova led all defenders in the tournament with four goals in six games and will also represent as the lone collegiate player on defense for the Czechs.

Bukolska, a former captain and 2020 graduate, has competed professionally in Sweden with Leksand IF and returns to the national team roster after previously serving as an assistant captain for the national team in the Under-18 World Championships.

Both Warriors previously represented the Czechs in the Olympic Qualifying tournament in November, in a first for Bukolska and second appearance for Laskova. This is the first time the Czech Republic women's national team will be competing in the Olympics. The duo represent the first-ever players from Merrimack women's ice hockey to compete in the Olympics.

The women's hockey tournament begins on February 3, with the gold medal game set for February 17. The Czechs will compete in Group B along with China, Sweden, Denmark and Japan. If they finish in the top three of the group, they will qualify for the quarter-finals against a Group A squad. Follow along with the full Olympic women's hockey schedule here.