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Hockey Club Košice is a professional ice hockey team playing in the Slovak Extraliga and is the most successful hockey team in Slovakia and the former of Czechoslovakia. The team is nicknamed Oceliari, which means Steelers in English.

HC Košice
HC Košice logo.png
NicknameOceliari
CityKošice, Slovakia
LeagueTipsport Liga
Founded1962 as Dukla Košice (1962 as Dukla Košice)
Home arenaSteel Aréna
(capacity 8,378)
ColoursDark blue, white, orange
              
General managerSlovakia Rastislav Rusič
Head coachGermany Peter Draisaitl
CaptainSlovakia Ladislav Nagy
Websitewww.hckosice.sk

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HistoryEdit

The club existed since 1962, when it was established as an army hockey team named TJ Dukla Košice. At that time, there were two weak regional ice hockey clubs in Košice. The new club was pretty mighty and within two years it joined the Supreme Czechoslovak League.

 
Former logo of HC Košice (until 1998)

In 1966 Dukla accepted a new name TJ VSŽ Košice. Twenty years later, in 1986, the club became, for the first time, the Ice Hockey Champion of Czechoslovakia (beat HC Dukla Jihlava in finals). In 1988, TJ VSŽ Košice obtained its second lead - in finals beat HC Sparta Prague. At that time, the team of VSŽ Košice was the second best ice hockey team in Europe after legendary CSKA Moscow (The European Cup 1987 and 1989).

In 1992, the federal Czechoslovak parliament decided to split country into two independent states – the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as of January 1, 1993. As a Slovak team, VSŽ Košice became a member of Supreme Slovak Hockey Ligue – Slovak Extraliga, and in the next years obtained three titles of Slovak hockey champion. In 1998, the club changed name again. Hockey Club (HC) Košice removed to Lokomotíva Košice Stadium because of the Steel Aréna – Košice‘s L. Troják Stadium construction. The new home arena of HC Košice was open on February 24, 2006. It is named in honour of the general sponsor of HC Košice – the U. S. Steel Košice (a member of the United States Steel Corporation, U.S.) and legendary Košice‘s ice hockey player Ladislav Troják.

In the 2008–09 season beating HK 36 Skalica 4–2 with Košice goaltender Július Hudáček saving Skalica's legend Žigmund Pálffy three shots in the shootout of the sixth game to secure victory. Next season 2009–10 Košice was the champions for the 2nd year in a row and the 5th time in total, beating HC Slovan Bratislava 4–2. Július Hudáček was again the hero of the final series with save after save, although the final goal was scored by Vladimír Dravecký. In the 2010–11 season they won title for the 3rd year in a row (the first golden hat trick in the Slovak Extraliga history) and the 6th time in total, beating HK Poprad 4–1 in the finals. Július Hudáček was the player of the series along with captain Peter Bartoš. In the 2012–13 season Košice qualify for their 6th finals in a row where they played with HKm Zvolen, but they finally losing 1–4. Even though scoring as many goals during the final series than winners from Zvolen. The 8th title won during 2014–15 season when in the quarterfinal defeated ŠHK 37 Piešťany 4–2. Semifinal was the derby with his long-time rival HK Poprad and they won the series 4–1. In the big final they played with HC '05 Banská Bystrica and decided third period in the 6th final game.

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Current rosterEdit

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team – HC Košice". www.hckosice.sk. Retrieved 2012-10-10.

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