HK Dukla Trenčín

Hokejový Klub Dukla Trenčín is a professional Slovak ice hockey club based in Trenčín, playing in the Slovak Extraliga. The club has won three Slovak league championships (1994, 1997, 2004) and one Czechoslovak league championship (1992). The team is nicknamed Vojaci, meaning "Soldiers" in English.

HK Dukla Trenčín
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CityTrenčín, Slovakia
LeagueSlovak Extraliga
Founded1962 (1962)
Home arenaPavol Demitra Ice Stadium
(capacity 6,150)
ColoursYellow, red
Head coachSlovakia Ján Pardavý
CaptainSlovakia Tomáš Starosta


Czechoslovak eraEdit

The club was founded on 19 January 1962, relocating army hockey club from Opava to Trenčín. They were members of inaugural season (1963–64) of the 1. SNHL (1st. Slovak National Hockey League). They won the 1965–66 1. SNHL season and promoted to the preliminary round for the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League. There they lost 5 of 6 games against VŽKG Ostrava, VTŽ Chomutov and Spartak Motorlet Praha and did not promote to the First League. Dukla won the 1. SNHL again in 1967–68, 1970–71 and 1976–77. In 1976–77 they were first time successful in the preliminary round and first time in the club history they promoted to the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League. Dukla was placed 11th in their first season at the Top level. After five seasons they was relegated from the Top level in the 1981–82 season. However, in the next season they won 1. SNHL and in the preliminary round defeated Olomouc and promoted to the Top level again. They was placed 6th after their comeback in the 1983–84 season. In 1985–86 there was introduced playoffs tournament in the Czechoslovak Extraliga. Dukla advanced to the playoffs in 1985–86 and there they lost 1–3 against Tesla Pardubice in the quarterfinals. They advanced to the playoffs again in 1987–88 and there they lost 1–3 in the quarterfinals against their Slovak rival VSŽ Košice. Dukla progressed to the finals against Tesla Pardubice in the 1988–89 season. There they lost 1–3. In the next season they progressed to the finals again where they lost 1–3 against HC Sparta Praha. In 1990–91 Dukla lost in the semifinals against Litvínov but they won the bronze medals against VSŽ Košice. The most successful season in the club history is the 1991–92 season when Dukla won the Czechoslovak Extraliga first time. In the quarterfinals they defeated Poldi Kladno 3–2, in the semifinals defeated Litvínov 3–1 and in the finals they won 3–1 against Škoda Plzeň. Žigmund Pálffy was scoring leader of Dukla in the regular season (48 Pts) and in the playoffs (26 Pts). Róbert Švehla, defenceman of Dukla, won the Golden Hockey Stick in the same season. In the last season before split Czechoslovakia Dukla won the bronze medals.

Slovak eraEdit

After dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, Dukla began playing independent new Slovak Championship which was named the Slovak Extraliga. Dukla and HC Košice were playoffs finalists in first 4 seasons of the Slovak Extraliga. Dukla won the first Extraliga season in 1993–94, then they lost in the finals in two next seasons and won again in 1996–97. In the 1997–98 season Dukla was eliminated in the semifinals by HC Slovan Bratislava. In the 2000–01 season they played again in the playoffs finals. There they lost 1–3 against HKm Zvolen. Zvolen was opponent in the playoffs finals again in the 2003–04 season. Dukla won 4–2 in the finals and they won third Slovak title in their history. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout several former Dukla players came back to Trenčín, including Pavol Demitra, Marián Hossa and Marián Gáborík. Pavol Demitra played complete regular season and he was a scoring leader of the Extraliga (82 Pts). Despite a star lineup Dukla lost 3–4 in the excited semifinals against HC Slovan Bratislava. In the 2006–07 season Dukla played in the final series against HC Slovan Bratislava but lost 0–4. In the 2009–10 season Dukla did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 1986–87 season.

NHL alumniEdit

After the fall of the Iron Curtain many players who were born in Trenčín or started their youth career in Dukla youth system had success in the NHL. Marián Gáborík, Marián Hossa and Zdeno Chára are the most successful players who were born in Trenčín. Gáborík was drafted 3rd overall by Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, becoming the first signed player in the club history. Gáborík's teammate in Minnesota Wild was Ľubomír Sekeráš who played three seasons for the club. Chára, drafted 56th overall by New York Islanders in 1996, is the first Slovak and only the second European captain of an NHL team who won the Stanley Cup. Chára is also the first Slovak winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy, given to the best defenseman of a season. Richard Lintner was drafted in the same year as Chára, another NHL player who was born in Trenčín. Marián Hossa won Stanley Cup three times with Chicago Blackhawks. The stadium in Trenčín was named after Pavol Demitra who died in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash on 7 September 2011.



Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

1st. Slovak National Hockey League


Rona Cup

  •   Winners (4): 1994, 2002, 2003, 2007

Tatra Cup

  •   Winners (2): 1985, 1996


Current rosterEdit

Source:[1]Source:[2]As of October 3, 2021.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
31   Michal Valent G L 35 2017 Martin, Czechoslovakia
19   Tomáš Starosta (C) D L 40 2017 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
8   Adam Stránský C L 18 2021 Trenčín, Slovakia
12   Radoslav Tybor (A) RW L 31 2021 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
33   Ben Bowns G L 30 2021 Rotherham, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
28   Jakub Martiška D R 21 2021 Partizánske, Slovakia
74   Samuel Krajč LW R 19 2019 Martin, Slovakia
18   Ján Urban D L 20 2020 Považská Bystrica, Slovakia
17   Andrej Šťastný C L 30 2021 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
22   Marek Valach RW L 23 2019 Ilava, Slovakia
91   Lukáš Paukovček C L 30 2019 Liptovský Mikuláš, Czechoslovakia
7   Pierre Crinon D L 26 2021 Reims, France
9   Jozef Švec (A) LW L 26 2016 Trenčín, Slovakia
83   Branislav Rehuš C L 32 2020 Malacky, Czechoslovakia
16   Andrej Meszároš D L 35 2021 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
69   Šimon Beták LW L 26 2020 Slovakia
25   Josef Mikyska C L 27 2021 Fryndlant, Czech Republic
93   Juraj Bezúch C L 27 2019 Skalica, Slovakia
6   Justin Lemcke D R 24 2020 Whitby, Ontario, Canada
29   Samuel Honzek C L 16 2020 Trenčín, Slovakia
12   Enrik Švec D L 21 2020 Partizánske, Slovakia
72   Aaron Berisha RW R 26 2020 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
77   Martin Nemčík D L 29 2021 Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
47   Patrick Kudla D L 25 2021 Guelph, Ontario, Canada
14   Andrej Krajčovič F L 19 2020 Trenčín, Slovakia
15   Jakub Minárik C L 21 2021 Topoľčany, Slovakia
88   Dávid Nátny D L 17 2021 Martin, Slovakia

Retired numbersEdit

HK Dukla Trenčín retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
38 Pavol Demitra Center 1992–2005 September 16, 2011
10 Oto Haščák Center 1983–2002 September 28, 2014[3][4]

Notable playersEdit


  1. ^ "Team Roster / HK Dukla Trenčín". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  2. ^ "Team Roster / HK Dukla Trenčín". Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  3. ^ "V Trenčíne vyradia desiatku Ota Haščáka" (in Slovak).
  4. ^ "V Dukle vyradia číslo 10, pod strechu vyvesia dres Ota Haščáka" (in Slovak).

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