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 Tipos Extraliga 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
LeagueSlovak Extraliga
Founded1921; 101 years ago (1921)
Home arenaSteel Aréna
(capacity: 8,378)
ColoursBlack, white, orange
PresidentJúlius Lang
Head coachCanada Dan Ceman
CaptainSlovakia Michal Chovan


Logo of HC Košice from 1962 to 1998
The previous HC Košice logo

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.



Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

  •   Winners (1): 1963–64


IIHF European Cup

IIHF Continental Cup

IIHF Super Cup

  •   Runners-up (1): 1998


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:[1]Source:[2]As of June 28, 2022.

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
33   Dominik Riečický G L 30 2020 Košice, Czechoslovakia
11   Oliver Jokeľ LW L 30 2018 Košice, Czechoslovakia
88   Marko Ragan D R 19 2021 Košice, Slovakia
29   Samuel Nagy LW R 20 2019 Košice, Slovakia
22   Pavel Klhůfek LW L 30 2019 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
45   Patrik Jurčák G L 18 2021 Košice, Slovakia
42   Miroslav Novota D L 20 2020 Košice, Slovakia
98   Juraj Milý RW R 25 2019 Prešov, Slovakia
96   Patrik Frič C L 21 2019 Gelnica, Slovakia
10   Matúš Havrila C L 22 2020 Košice, Slovakia
18   Radek Deyl (A) D L 32 2020 Košice, Czechoslovakia
  Joona Jääskeläinen RW R 25 2022 Imatra, Finland
91   Michal Chovan (C) LW L 34 2019 Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
29   Andrej Košarišťan G L 28 2021 Dolný Kubín, Slovakia
  Jakub Ferenc D R 33 2022 Levoča, Czechoslovakia
64   Brian Ihnačák C R 37 2021 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
85   Marek Slovák C R 33 2021 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
15   Andrej Kiss LW L 21 2020 Košice, Slovakia
77   Patrik Rogoň RW L 25 2021 Žilina, Slovakia
71   Eduard Šedivý D L 30 2021 Myjava, Czechoslovakia
19   Alan McPherson C L 31 2021 Kinburn, Ontario, Canada
14   Ladislav Romančík D R 26 2021 Skalica, Slovakia
61   Marek Bartánus (A) RW R 35 2021 Liptovský Mikuláš, Czechoslovakia
64   Matej Jacko D L 19 2021 Košice, Slovakia
45   Lukáš Vaculík RW R 20 2020 Košice, Slovakia
  Patrik Lamper LW L 29 2022 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  Patrick Watling C L 28 2022 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
  Radoslav Tybor RW L 32 2022 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
  Colin Campbell C R 31 2022 Pickering, Ontario, Canada
  Jakub Linet C L 31 2022 Žilina, Czechoslovakia

Notable playersEdit


  1. ^ "Team Roster / HC Košice". Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  2. ^ "Team Roster / HC Košice". Retrieved 2019-04-28.

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