Over the last 25 years since splitting with Slovakia, the Czech Republic has won the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship a total of five times.
It’s been five years since the Czech Republic last won a medal, however, which was a bronze back in 2013.
This year, the team is aiming for gold.
While the 2018 tournament started shakily for the Czech Republic, with a loss to Sweden and narrow victories over Slovakia and Switzerland, the last four games have seen a (literally) different team.
The addition of wings David Pastrňák and David Krejčí, who were still finishing their NHL seasons when the tournament began, has led to four straight victories for the Czech team, including a dramatic overtime shootout against Russia.
Now, the Czech Republic will enter the IIHF quarterfinals as the third seed in Group A, behind Finland and Russia.
Their opponents in quarterfinal action will be Team USA, who lost to Finland on Tuesday afternoon to fall into second place in Group B.
The game will be a rematch of the 2016 IIHF quarterfinals for the two teams, a game in which the USA won during a dramatic overtime shootout.
This Thursday in Copenhagen, the Czech Republic will face off against the USA in pursuit of their first IIHF medal since 2013.
Should they advance, they’ll meet the winner of the A1/B4 game on Saturday, which will pit either Russia or Sweden against Canada or Denmark/Latvia, teams which are currently competing for seeds.