Hockey Club Košice is a Slovak professional ice hockey club based in Košice that competes in the Tipsport Liga, the top tier of Slovak ice hockey. It is the most successful hockey club in Slovakia and the former Czechoslovakia, having won the Tipsport Liga eight times, the Czechoslovakian Hockey League twice, the 1st. Slovak National Hockey League once, the IIHF Continental Cup once, the Tatra Cup ten times, and the Rona Cup four times. The club is nicknamed "Oceliari", which means "Steelers" in English.

HC Košice
HC Košice logo.png
NicknameOceliari
LeagueTipsport Liga
Founded1962; 58 years ago (1962)
Home arenaSteel Aréna
(capacity: 8,378)
ColoursDark blue, white, orange
              
General managerRastislav Rusič
Head coachPeter Draisaitl
CaptainDávid Skokan
Websitehckosice.sk

HistoryEdit

The club was established in Košice in 1962 as an army hockey club called TJ Dukla Košice. At that time, there were two weak regional ice hockey clubs in the city. The new club was much stronger and joined the Czechoslovak Hockey League within two years. In 1966, Dukla changed its name to TJ VSŽ Košice. In 1986, the club became the Ice Hockey Champions of Czechoslovakia for the first time, beating HC Dukla Jihlava in the finals. It won again in 1988, beating HC Sparta Prague. At that time, the club was the second-best ice hockey club in Europe after CSKA Moscow. After Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993, VSŽ Košice became a member of the Slovak Extraliga, which it soon went on to win three times. In 1998, the club changed its name to HC Košice.

On 24 February 2006, Košice left Lokomotíva Košice Stadium and moved to the newly-constructed Steel Aréna. The arena is named in honour of the club's sponsor, U. S. Steel Košice, and is also known as L. Troják Stadium after one of the club's most popular players. Košice won the league for the fourth time by defeating HK 36 Skalica to end the 2008–09 season. A victory over HC Slovan Bratislava at the end of the 2009–10 season saw the club win the league for the second year in a row and the fifth time in total, which it followed up by beating HK Poprad in the finals of the 2010–11 season to secure the league for the third year in a row (the first "hat trick" in the league's history) and the sixth time in total. Košice qualified for the finals for the sixth time in a row at the 2012–13 season, but suffered a loss to HKm Zvolen. A victory over HK Nitra in the finals of the 2013–14 season led Košice to its seventh league victory. The club won its eighth and most recent league during the 2014–15 season, defeating HC '05 Banská Bystrica in the finals.

HonoursEdit

 
Logo of HC Košice from 1962 to 1998

DomesticEdit

Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

  •   Winners (1): 1963–64

InternationalEdit

IIHF European Cup

IIHF Continental Cup

Pre-seasonEdit

Tatra Cup

  •   Winners (10): 1978, 1979, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1993, 2008, 2017

Rona Cup

  •   Winners (4): 1995, 1996, 2009, 2013

Current rosterEdit

Source: hckosice.sk[1]Source: eliteprospects.com[2]As of January 15, 2020.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
30   Stanislav Škorvánek G L 23 2017 Žilina, Slovakia
70   Václav Čížek (A) D R 30 2017 Buranovice, Czech Republic
81   Branislav Rapáč RW R 26 2019 Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia
84   Vojtech Zeleňák D L 21 2019 Košice, Slovakia
15   Žiga Pavlin D R 34 2019 Kranj, Yugoslavia
19   Dávid Skokan (C) RW L 31 2019 Poprad, Czechoslovakia
29   Andrej Košarišťan G L 26 2019 Dolný Kubín, Slovakia
11   Oliver Jokeľ LW L 28 2018 Košice, Czechoslovakia
10   Jakub Suja RW L 31 2015 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
26   David Květoň LW L 32 2019 Nový Jičín, Czechoslovakia
64   Patrik Koch (A) D L 23 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia
88   Dalibor Bortňák C L 28 2019 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
54   Tomáš Slovák D R 36 2018 Košice, Czechoslovakia
18   Jakub Sukeľ RW L 23 2019 Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
82   David Růžička D L 31 2019 Czechoslovakia
83   Martin Belluš RW R 28 2019 Spišská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia
8   Jakub Cibák D L 21 2018 Košice, Slovakia
17   Marcel Haščák RW R 32 2018 Poprad, Czechoslovakia
28   Jurij Repe D L 25 2019 Kranj, Slovenia
98   Juraj Milý RW R 23 2019 Prešov, Slovakia
91   Michal Chovan LW L 32 2019 Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
71   Juraj Majdan RW L 28 2019 Dubnica nad Váhom, Czechoslovakia
65   Martin Bučko D R 19 2019 Martin, Slovakia
22   Pavel Klhůfek LW L 28 2019 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
23   Dávid Boldižár D L 21 2019 Košice, Slovakia

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Roster / HC Košice". www.hckosice.sk. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  2. ^ "Team Roster / HC Košice". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2019-04-28.

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