Slovakia men's national ice hockey team

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Slovakia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Repre, Chlapci (Boys), Naši chlapci (Our Boys)
Association Slovak Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Miroslav Šatan
Head coach Craig Ramsay
Assistants Ján Lašák
Vladimír Országh
Róbert Petrovický
Captain Andrej Sekera
Most games Dominik Graňák (184)1
Top scorer Miroslav Šatan (85)1
Most points Miroslav Šatan (162)1
Home stadium Zimný Štadión Ondreja Nepelu
Team colors               
IIHF code SVK
Slovak national team jerseys 2014.png
Ranking
Current IIHF 10 Increase1
Highest IIHF 3 (2004)
Lowest IIHF 11 (2017)
First international
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Bohemia 12–0 Slovakia Slovakia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
Biggest win
 Slovakia 20–0 Bulgaria 
(Poprad, Slovakia; 18 March 1994)2
Biggest defeat
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Bohemia 12–0 Slovakia Slovakia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 24 (first in 1994)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg (2002)
Olympics
Appearances 6 (first in 1994)
International record (W–L–T)
285-233-49
Medal record
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 2000 Russia
Silver medal – second place 2012 Finland/Sweden
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Finland
Slovakia hockey logo

The Slovak men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Slovakia and is controlled by the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. It is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world. The team's general manager is Miroslav Šatan and their head coach is Craig Ramsay.

In the last sixteen years, Slovakia has won four medals at the World Championships, including a gold medal in 2002 in Sweden. In the Winter Olympic Games, Slovakia's highest achievement is 4th place in Vancouver 2010. In the tournament they won against favourites Russia and Sweden, and lost against Canada in the semifinals and against Finland in the bronze medal game.

History

The Slovak national team was formed following the breakup of Czechoslovakia, as the country was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. While the Czechs were allowed to compete at the highest pool (A), the IIHF ruled that because fewer players of the former Czechoslovak team were Slovaks, Slovakia would be required to start international play in Pool C. However, Slovakia's play in the lower pools won it promotion to pool A by 1996. See also Post-Cold War period of the IIHF world championships.

Slovakia's first appearance in an elite ice hockey competition was at 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. With a lineup led by star Peter Šťastný, the Slovaks finished first in their group with three wins and two ties before losing to Russia in overtime in the quarterfinals. In the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, the Slovak team was unable to use its National Hockey League (NHL) players in the preliminary round due to a scheduling conflict. This affected all of the smaller countries, but devastated the Slovaks as most of their best players were from NHL teams. The NHL only shut down its schedule in time for the second group stage, and thus Slovakia failed to qualify among the final eight teams both times. This turn of events was troubling to the entire hockey community, and the rules were changed for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Slovak national team members and notable players include Marián Gáborík of the Los Angeles Kings; Marián Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks; Marcel Hossa; Miroslav Šatan; star goaltender of the New York Islanders Jaroslav Halák and the tallest player in NHL history, Zdeno Chára. In the late 1990s, the St. Louis Blues placed Ľuboš Bartečko, Michal Handzuš, and Pavol Demitra on the same line. This trio became known as the "Slovak Pack," and were able to communicate in their native language without the opposition knowing what they were saying, unless, of course, they also understood Slovak.

Following the successful years for the Slovaks in the early 2000s at the World Championship, when they won the silver in St. Petersburg at the 2000 edition after a loss to the Czechs, winning the (so far) only title in Goteburg at the 2002 edition and securing bronze in Helsinki (2003), the results of Slovakia worsened and Slovakia began to drop out in the quarterfinals. The closest Slovakia came to relegation into Division I was in 2008, when they avoided relegation only thanks to two victories over Slovenia in the Relegation Round. Following was a series of three subsequent eliminations in the Qualifying Round (Round of 12), including one at a 2011 edition Slovakia hosted in Bratislava and Košice for the first time, since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia.

Largely unexpected, however, was Slovakia's silver medal at the 2012 edition, again won in Helsinki. This was the first tournament after the introduction of the new two group format, followed by the quarterfinals. Due to the surprise this medal was after number of unsuccessful tournaments, it was by many regarded as with a value of a triumphal gold. In the following years however, Slovakia again failed to repeat medal successes and even failed to qualify to the quarterfinals, with the exception of 2013.

Tournament record

Olympic Games

Games GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Roster Finish
1920–1992 Part of Czechoslovakia
Norway1994 Lillehammer 8 4 0 2 1 1 35 29 Slovakia Július Šupler Peter Šťastný 6th
Japan1998 Nagano 4 1 0 1 0 1 11 13 Slovakia Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger 10th
United States 2002 Salt Lake City 4 1 0 2 0 1 15 13 Slovakia Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan 13th
Italy 2006 Turin 6 5 0 0 0 1 19 11 Slovakia František Hossa Pavol Demitra roster 5th
Canada 2010 Vancouver 7 3 1 0 3 22 18 Slovakia Ján Filc Zdeno Chára roster 4th
Russia 2014 Sochi 4 0 0 1 3 5 16 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Zdeno Chára roster 11th
South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang 4 1 0 1 2 7 12 Canada Craig Ramsay Tomáš Surový roster 11th

World Championship

Lower divisions

Division Championship GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
C1 Slovakia 1994 Poprad, Spišská Nová Ves 6 4 2 0 43 3 Július Šupler Oto Haščák Winner, Promoted 1st
B Slovakia 1995 Bratislava 7 7 0 0 60 15 Július Šupler Peter Šťastný Winner, Promoted 1st

Top division

Championship GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
19201992 Part of Czechoslovakia
Austria 1996 Vienna 5 1 1 3 13 16 Július Šupler Oto Haščák Group Round 10th
Finland 1997 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 8 3 1 4 20 23 Jozef Golonka Zdeno Cíger Consolation Round 9th
Switzerland 1998 Basel, Zürich 6 2 2 2 11 12 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger Second round 7th
Norway 1999 Oslo, Hamar, Lillehammer 6 2 1 3 22 21 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger Second round 7th
Russia 2000 St. Petersburg 9 5 0 1 0 3 34 22 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan Final 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Germany 2001 Nuremberg, Cologne, Hanover 7 3 0 0 0 4 20 18 Ján Filc Zdeno Chára Quarter-finals 7th
Sweden 2002 Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jönköping 9 7 1 0 0 1 37 22 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan Champions 1st, gold medalist(s)
Finland 2003 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 9 7 0 1 0 1 45 17 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan 3rd Place Game 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Czech Republic 2004 Prague, Ostrava 9 5 0 2 1 1 24 9 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan 3rd Place Game 4th
Austria 2005 Vienna, Innsbruck 7 4 0 1 0 2 19 17 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals 5th
Latvia 2006 Riga 7 3 0 1 0 3 26 14 František Hossa Marián Hossa Quarter-finals 8th
Russia 2007 Moscow 7 3 0 0 4 24 23 Július Šupler Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals 6th
Canada 2008 Quebec City, Halifax 5 2 1 0 2 18 12 Július Šupler Róbert Petrovický Relegation Round 13th
Switzerland 2009 Bern, Kloten 6 1 1 2 2 12 24 Ján Filc Ľuboš Bartečko Second round 10th
Germany 2010 Cologne, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen 6 2 0 0 4 13 19 Canada Glen Hanlon Richard Lintner Second round 12th
Slovakia 2011 Bratislava, Košice 6 2 0 0 4 16 15 Canada Glen Hanlon Pavol Demitra Second round 10th
Finland Sweden 2012 Helsinki, Stockholm 10 7 0 0 3 30 23 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Zdeno Chára Final 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Sweden Finland 2013 Stockholm, Helsinki 8 3 0 1 4 22 20 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals 8th
Belarus 2014 Minsk 7 3 0 1 3 20 21 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Miroslav Šatan Group stage 9th
Czech Republic 2015 Prague, Ostrava 7 1 2 2 2 17 19 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Tomáš Kopecký Group stage 9th
Russia 2016 Moscow, St. Petersburg 7 2 1 0 4 15 23 Zdeno Cíger Andrej Sekera Group stage 9th
Germany France 2017 Cologne, Paris 7 0 1 2 4 12 28 Zdeno Cíger Vladimír Dravecký Group stage 14th
Denmark 2018 Copenhagen, Herning 7 3 0 2 2 19 20 Canada Craig Ramsay Andrej Sekera Group stage 9th
Slovakia 2019 Bratislava, Košice

World Cup

Year GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
1996 3 0 0 3 9 19 Jozef Golonka Round 1 7th
2004 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 18 Ján Filc Quarter-finals 8th

At the 2016 edition, Slovakia was not represented. Instead 6 Slovak players were a part of Team Europe, which was led by Slovak General Manager Miroslav Šatan.

Team

Current roster

Roster for the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[1]

Head coach: Craig Ramsay

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1 G Marek Čiliak 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1990-04-02) April 2, 1990 (age 28) Czech Republic HC Kometa Brno
2 D Andrej SekeraC 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1986-06-08) June 8, 1986 (age 31) Canada Edmonton Oilers
3 D Adam Jánošík 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1992-09-07) September 7, 1992 (age 25) Czech Republic HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
6 F Lukáš Cingeľ 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1992-10-06) October 6, 1992 (age 25) Czech Republic Mountfield HK
7 D Mário Grman 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1997-04-11) April 11, 1997 (age 21) Czech Republic Piráti Chomutov
12 F Dávid Bondra 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1992-08-26) August 26, 1992 (age 25) Slovakia HK Poprad
13 F Tomáš Jurčo 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1992-12-28) December 28, 1992 (age 25) United States Rockford IceHogs
17 F Dávid Buc 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 31) Slovakia HK Poprad
18 F Andrej Kudrna 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1991-05-11) May 11, 1991 (age 27) Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
19 F Michal Krištof 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1993-10-11) October 11, 1993 (age 24) Slovakia HK Nitra
25 F Marek Hovorka 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1984-10-08) October 8, 1984 (age 33) Slovakia HC Košice
27 F Ladislav NagyA 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1979-06-01) June 1, 1979 (age 38) Slovakia HC Košice
28 F Pavol Skalický 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1995-10-09) October 9, 1995 (age 22) Slovakia HC ’05 Banská Bystrica
30 G Denis Godla 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 79 kg (174 lb) (1995-04-04) April 4, 1995 (age 23) Finland KalPa
33 F Juraj Mikúš 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1987-02-22) February 22, 1987 (age 31) Czech Republic HC Litvínov
42 G Patrik Rybár 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1993-11-09) November 9, 1993 (age 24) Czech Republic Mountfield HK
51 D Dominik GraňákA 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1983-06-11) June 11, 1983 (age 34) Czech Republic Mountfield HK
56 D Michal Čajkovský 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 107 kg (236 lb) (1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 26) Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
62 D Christián Jaroš 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1996-04-02) April 2, 1996 (age 22) Canada Ottawa Senators
65 F Tomáš Marcinko 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1988-04-11) April 11, 1988 (age 30) Czech Republic HC Oceláři Třinec
66 D Martin Fehérváry 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1999-10-06) October 6, 1999 (age 18) Sweden IK Oskarshamn
71 D Marek Ďaloga 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1989-03-10) March 10, 1989 (age 29) Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
83 F Martin Bakoš 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1990-04-18) April 18, 1990 (age 28) Czech Republic HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
87 F Marcel Haščák 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1987-02-03) February 3, 1987 (age 31) Czech Republic HC Kometa Brno
88 F Patrik Svitana 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1988-07-10) July 10, 1988 (age 29) Slovakia HK Poprad

2002 World Championship: Gold winning roster

Goalies
Defensemen
Forwards

2012 World Championship

Goalies
Defensemen
Forwards

Player statistics

Source: [1] [2]

As of 12 May 2015

Players in bold are still active.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; GPG = Goal per game;

Head coaches

This table shows all Slovakia national team head coaches and their record at the IIHF World Championships, World Cup of Hockey and Winter Olympic Games. Data as of 12 May 2018.

Source:[2]

Name Years G W OW T OL L GF GA W%
Július Šupler 1993–1996 29 16 0 5 1 7 160 92 .552
Jozef Golonka 1996–1997 8 3 0 1 0 4 20 23 .375
Ján Šterbák 1997–1999 16 5 0 4 0 7 44 46 .313
Ján Filc 1999–2002 29 16 1 3 0 9 106 75 .552
František Hossa 2002–2006 38 24 0 5 1 8 133 68 .632
Ján Filc[note 1] 2004 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 18 .000
Július Šupler 2006–2008 12 5 1 0 6 42 35 .417
Ján Filc 2008–2010 13 4 2 2 5 34 42 .308
Glen Hanlon 2010–2011 12 4 0 0 8 29 34 .333
Vladimír Vůjtek 2011–2015 36 14 2 5 15 94 99 .389
Zdeno Cíger 2015–2017 14 2 2 2 8 27 51 .143
Craig Ramsay 2017–present 9 3 0 3 3 19 24 .333

Retired numbers

All-time record

The following table shows Slovakia's international record from 1940 – 1945 and since 1993, correct as of 12 May 2017. Teams in italics are no longer actively competing.

Source:[3]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Austria 33 25 2 6 131 56 +75
 Belarus 32 18 1 13 86 62 +24
Bucharest Bucharest 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 20 0 +20
 Canada 51 23 4 24 161 150 +11
 Croatia 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5
 Czech Republic 63 14 7 42 134 217 −83
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia 1 0 0 1 0 12 −12
 Denmark 18 13 0 5 73 36 +37
 Finland 34 7 3 24 65 107 −42
Finland Finland olympic 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1
 France 32 23 3 6 136 58 +78
 Germany 56 31 1 24 142 127 +15
 Great Britain 2 2 0 0 14 4 +10
 Hungary 8 6 0 2 50 19 +31
 Italy 18 13 1 4 75 43 +32
 Japan 5 5 0 0 39 12 +27
 Kazakhstan 9 7 1 1 42 15 +27
 South Korea 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Latvia 28 17 3 8 93 62 +31
 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 24 4 +20
 Norway 31 22 2 7 112 58 +54
 Poland 8 6 1 1 43 16 +27
 Romania 4 4 0 0 39 3 +36
 Russia 37 10 5 22 91 118 −27
International Olympic Committee Olympic Athletes from Russia 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
 Russia B 2 1 0 1 8 9 −1
 Slovenia 13 10 0 3 49 23 +26
  Switzerland 68 28 7 33 164 149 +15
  Switzerland B 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Sweden 37 10 3 24 84 123 −39
Sweden Sweden Vikings 2 0 0 2 5 8 −3
 Ukraine 10 9 1 0 49 18 +31
 United States 27 9 3 15 61 90 −29
Vienna Wiener EG 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Yugoslavia 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
Total 641 321 49 270 2010 1610 +400
  • Overtime and penalty shots victories and losses are counted towards wins/losses.

See also

References

  1. ^ 2018 IIHF World Championship roster
  2. ^ "Slovenských hokejistov povedie Čech Vladimír Vůjtek" (in Slovak). 17 August 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "SLOVENSKO verzus SVET" (in Slovak). SZLH. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • IIHF profile


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