HC Košice

Hockey Club Košice is a Slovak professional ice hockey club based in Košice that competes in the Slovak Extraliga, 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
LeagueSlovak Extraliga
Founded1962; 59 years ago (1962)
Home arenaSteel Aréna
(capacity: 8,378)
ColoursBlack, white, orange
     
PresidentJúlius Lang
Head coachSlovakia Marcel Šimurda
CaptainSlovakia Michal Chovan
Websitehckosice.sk

HistoryEdit

 
Logo of HC Košice from 1962 to 1998

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

DomesticEdit

Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

  •   Winners (1): 1963–64

InternationalEdit

IIHF European Cup

IIHF Continental Cup

IIHF Super Cup

  •   Runners-up (1): 1998

Pre-seasonEdit

Tatra Cup

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

Rona Cup

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

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Source: hckosice.sk[1]Source: eliteprospects.com[2]As of February 15, 2021.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
33   Dominik Riečický G L 28 2020 Košice, Czechoslovakia
11   Oliver Jokeľ LW L 29 2018 Košice, Czechoslovakia
54   Tomáš Slovák (A) D R 38 2018 Košice, Czechoslovakia
14   Colin Jacobs C R 28 2020 Coppell, Texas, United States
19   Juraj Eliaš C L 19 2019 Nyíregyháza, Hungary
74   Christián Michalčin D R 24 2020 Košice, Slovakia
81   Adam Lapšanský LW L 31 2020 Spišská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia
47   Pavel Jenyš C L 25 2020 Brno, Czech Republic
79   Martin Réway C L 26 2020 Prague, Czech Republic
29   Samuel Nagy LW R 19 2019 Košice, Slovakia
82   David Růžička D L 33 2019 Czechoslovakia
27   Émile Poirier C L 26 2020 Montréal, Quebec, Canada
83   Martin Belluš RW R 29 2019 Spišská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia
8   Jakub Cibák D L 22 2018 Košice, Slovakia
22   Pavel Klhůfek LW L 29 2019 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
69   Martin Krasničan C L 24 2020 Prešov, Slovakia
42   Miroslav Novota D L 19 2020 Košice, Slovakia
55   Bruno Mráz LW R 28 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
16   Marcel Petran D L 34 2020 Liptovský Mikuláš, Czechoslovakia
  Chris Langkow C R 31 2020 Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
26   Marcel Štefančík C L 18 2020 Brezno, Slovakia
98   Juraj Milý RW R 24 2019 Prešov, Slovakia
96   Patrik Frič C L 20 2019 Gelnica, Slovakia
30   Ádám Vay G L 27 2020 Budapest, Hungary
18   Radek Deyl (A) D L 31 2020 Košice, Czechoslovakia
86   Filip Vrábeľ LW L 24 2019 Košice, Slovakia
63   Marek Baránek D L 26 2020 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
10   Matúš Havrila C L 21 2020 Košice, Slovakia
77   Martin Nemčík D L 28 2020 Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
91   Michal Chovan (C) LW L 33 2019 Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
34   Žiga Pavlin D R 35 2019 Kranj, Yugoslavia

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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