Slovakia men's national ice hockey team

The Slovak men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Slovakia and is controlled by the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. It is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world. The team's general manager is Miroslav Šatan and their head coach is Craig Ramsay.

Slovakia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Repre, Chlapci (Boys), Naši chlapci (Our Boys)
AssociationSlovak Ice Hockey Federation
General ManagerMiroslav Šatan
Head coachCraig Ramsay
AssistantsMichal Handzuš
Peter Kosa
Ján Pardavý
Andrej Podkonický
CaptainMarek Ďaloga
Most gamesDominik Graňák (184)1
Top scorerMiroslav Šatan (85)1
Most pointsMiroslav Šatan (162)1
Home stadiumOndrej Nepela Arena
Team colors     
IIHF codeSVK
Slovakia national ice hockey team jerseys 2018 (WOG)
Ranking
Current IIHF9 Steady (6 June 2021)[1]
Highest IIHF3 (2004)
Lowest IIHF11 (2017)
First international
Slovakia Slovakia 0–12 Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Bohemia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
Biggest win
Slovakia  20–0  Bulgaria
(Poprad, Slovakia; 18 March 1994)2
Biggest defeat
Slovakia Slovakia 0–12 Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Bohemia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
IIHF World Championships
Appearances27 (first in 1994)
Best resultGold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (2002)
Olympics
Appearances6 (first in 1994)
Medals4th (2010)
International record (W–L–T)
334–282–49
Medal record
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 2000 Russia
Silver medal – second place 2012 Finland/Sweden
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Finland
Winter Universiade
Silver medal – second place 1999 Poprad Tatry
Silver medal – second place 2003 Tarvisio
Silver medal – second place 2019 Krasnoyarsk
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Zakopane
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Harbin

Slovakia has won four medals at the World Championships, including a gold medal in 2002 in Sweden. In the Winter Olympic Games, Slovakia's highest achievement is fourth place in Vancouver 2010. In the tournament they won against favourites Russia and Sweden, and lost against Canada in the semi-finals and against Finland in the bronze medal game.

HistoryEdit

The Slovak national team was formed following the breakup of Czechoslovakia, as the country was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. While the Czechs were allowed to compete at the highest pool (A), the IIHF ruled that because fewer players of the former Czechoslovak team were Slovaks, Slovakia would be required to start international play in pool C. However, Slovakia's play in the lower pools won it promotion to pool A by 1996. See also Post-Cold War period of the IIHF world championships.

Slovakia's first appearance in an elite ice hockey competition was at 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. With a lineup led by star Peter Šťastný, the Slovaks finished first in their group with three wins and two ties before losing to Russia in overtime in the quarterfinals. In the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, the Slovak team was unable to use its National Hockey League (NHL) players in the preliminary round due to a scheduling conflict. This affected all of the smaller countries, but devastated the Slovaks as most of their best players were from NHL teams. The NHL only shut down its schedule in time for the second group stage, and thus Slovakia failed to qualify among the final eight teams both times. This turn of events was troubling to the entire hockey community, and the rules were changed for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Slovak national team members and notable players have included Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Marián Hossa, Marián Gáborík, Marcel Hossa; Miroslav Šatan; goaltender Jaroslav Halák and the tallest player in NHL history, Zdeno Chára. In the late 1990s, the St. Louis Blues placed Ľuboš Bartečko, Michal Handzuš, and Pavol Demitra on the same line. This trio became known as the "Slovak Pack," and were able to communicate in their native language without the opposition knowing what they were saying, unless, of course, they also understood Slovak.

Following the successful years for the Slovaks in the early 2000s at the World Championship, when they won the silver in St. Petersburg at the 2000 edition after a loss to the Czechs, winning the (so far) only title in Goteburg at the 2002 edition and securing bronze in Helsinki (2003), the results of Slovakia worsened and Slovakia began to drop out in the quarterfinals. The closest Slovakia came to relegation into Division I was in 2008, when they avoided relegation only thanks to two victories over Slovenia in the Relegation Round. Following was a series of three subsequent eliminations in the Qualifying Round (Round of 12), including one at a 2011 edition Slovakia hosted in Bratislava and Košice for the first time, since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia.

Largely unexpected, however, was Slovakia's silver medal at the 2012 edition, again won in Helsinki. This was the first tournament after the introduction of the new two group format, followed by the quarterfinals. Due to the surprise this medal was after number of unsuccessful tournaments, it was by many regarded as with a value of a triumphal gold. In the following years however, Slovakia again failed to repeat medal successes and even failed to qualify to the quarterfinals, with the exception of 2013.

Tournament recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Games GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Roster Finish
1920–1992 Part of   Czechoslovakia
  1994 Lillehammer 8 4 0 2 1 1 35 29 Július Šupler Peter Šťastný 6th
  1998 Nagano 4 1 0 1 0 1 11 13 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger 10th
  2002 Salt Lake City 4 1 0 2 0 1 15 13 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan 13th
  2006 Turin 6 5 0 0 0 1 19 11 František Hossa Pavol Demitra roster 5th
  2010 Vancouver 7 3 1 0 3 22 18 Ján Filc Zdeno Chára roster 4th
  2014 Sochi 4 0 0 1 3 5 16   Vladimír Vůjtek Zdeno Chára roster 11th
  2018 Pyeongchang 4 1 0 1 2 7 12   Craig Ramsay Tomáš Surový roster 11th
  2022 Beijing Qualified

World ChampionshipEdit

Lower divisionsEdit

Division Championship GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
C1   1994 Poprad, Spišská Nová Ves 6 4 2 0 43 3 Július Šupler Oto Haščák Winner, Promoted 1st
B   1995 Bratislava 7 7 0 0 60 15 Július Šupler Peter Šťastný Winner, Promoted 1st

Top divisionEdit

Championship GP W OTW T OTL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
19201992 As part of   Czechoslovakia
  1996 Vienna 5 1 1 3 13 16 Július Šupler Oto Haščák Group Round 10th
  1997 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 8 3 1 4 20 23 Jozef Golonka Zdeno Cíger Consolation Round 9th
  1998 Basel, Zürich 6 2 2 2 11 12 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger Second round 7th
  1999 Oslo, Hamar, Lillehammer 6 2 1 3 22 21 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger Second round 7th
  2000 St. Petersburg 9 5 0 1 0 3 34 22 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan Final  
  2001 Nuremberg, Cologne, Hanover 7 3 0 0 0 4 20 18 Ján Filc Zdeno Chára Quarter-finals 7th
  2002 Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jönköping 9 7 1 0 0 1 37 22 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan Champions  
  2003 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 9 7 0 1 0 1 45 17 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan 3rd Place Game  
  2004 Prague, Ostrava 9 5 0 2 1 1 24 9 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan 3rd Place Game 4th
  2005 Vienna, Innsbruck 7 4 0 1 0 2 19 17 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals 5th
  2006 Riga 7 3 0 1 0 3 26 14 František Hossa Marián Hossa Quarter-finals 8th
  2007 Moscow 7 4 0 0 3 24 23 Július Šupler Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals 6th
  2008 Quebec City, Halifax 5 2 1 0 2 18 12 Július Šupler Róbert Petrovický Relegation Round 13th
  2009 Bern, Kloten 6 1 1 2 2 12 24 Ján Filc Ľuboš Bartečko Second round 10th
  2010 Cologne, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen 6 2 0 0 4 13 19   Glen Hanlon Richard Lintner Second round 12th
  2011 Bratislava, Košice 6 2 0 0 4 16 15   Glen Hanlon Pavol Demitra Second round 10th
    2012 Helsinki, Stockholm 10 7 0 0 3 30 23   Vladimír Vůjtek Zdeno Chára Final  
    2013 Stockholm, Helsinki 8 3 0 1 4 22 20   Vladimír Vůjtek Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals 8th
  2014 Minsk 7 3 0 1 3 20 21   Vladimír Vůjtek Miroslav Šatan Group stage 9th
  2015 Prague, Ostrava 7 1 2 2 2 17 19   Vladimír Vůjtek Tomáš Kopecký Group stage 9th
  2016 Moscow, St. Petersburg 7 2 1 0 4 15 23 Zdeno Cíger Andrej Sekera Group stage 9th
    2017 Cologne, Paris 7 0 1 2 4 12 28 Zdeno Cíger Vladimír Dravecký Group stage 14th
  2018 Copenhagen, Herning 7 3 0 2 2 19 20   Craig Ramsay Andrej Sekera Group stage 9th
  2019 Bratislava, Košice 7 3 1 0 3 28 19   Craig Ramsay Andrej Sekera Group stage 9th
  2020 Zürich, Lausanne Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic[2]
  2021 Riga 8 4 0 0 4 18 28   Craig Ramsay Marek Ďaloga Quarter-finals 8th
  2022 Helsinki, Tampere

World CupEdit

Year GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
1996 3 0 0 3 9 19 Jozef Golonka Round 1 7th
2004 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 18 Ján Filc Quarter-finals 8th

At the 2016 edition, Slovakia was not represented. Instead 6 Slovak players were a part of Team Europe, which was led by Slovak general manager Miroslav Šatan.

Deutschland CupEdit

  •   Gold medal (1997, 2006, 2011, 2016)
  •   Silver medal (1994, 2001, 2017)
  •   Bronze medal (2000, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2018)

Former national jerseysEdit

ZOH 1994 MS 1994 1995 1996–1997 1998–2000
         
2001–2004 SP 2004 2005 2006 2007–2008
         
2009–2013 2014–2017 ZOH 2018 2019–present
       

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2021 IIHF World Championship.[3]

Head coach: Craig Ramsay[4]

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
3 D Adam JánošíkA 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1992-09-07) 7 September 1992 (age 29)   IK Oskarshamn
5 D Šimon Nemec 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (2004-02-15) 15 February 2004 (age 17)   HK Nitra
7 D Mário Grman 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1997-04-11) 11 April 1997 (age 24)   SaiPa
8 F Pavol Skalický 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 25)   Lukko
12 F Miloš Kelemen 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 (age 22)   HKM Zvolen
13 F Michal Krištof 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 74 kg (163 lb) (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 (age 27)   Oulun Kärpät
16 F Róbert Lantoši 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1995-09-24) 24 September 1995 (age 25)   Providence Bruins
17 F Dávid Buc 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 34)   Bratislava Capitals
19 F Matúš Sukeľ 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1996-01-23) 23 January 1996 (age 25)   Sparta Prague
22 D Samuel Kňažko 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (2002-08-07) 7 August 2002 (age 19)   HC TPS
23 F Adam Liška 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1999-10-14) 14 October 1999 (age 21)   Severstal Cherepovets
27 F Marek HrivíkA 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 30)   Leksands IF
28 D Martin Gernát 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 28)   Oceláři Třinec
29 D Michal Ivan 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 21)   HKM Zvolen
33 G Július Hudáček 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 (age 33)   Spartak Moscow
34 F Peter Cehlárik 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 26)   Leksands IF
35 G Adam Húska 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 24)   Hartford Wolf Pack
40 F Miloš Roman 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1999-11-06) 6 November 1999 (age 21)   Oceláři Třinec
42 G Branislav Konrád 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1987-10-10) 10 October 1987 (age 33)   HC Olomouc
44 D Mislav Rosandić 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 26)   Bílí Tygři Liberec
48 D Daniel Gachulinec 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 27)   HC 07 Detva
60 F Juraj Slafkovský 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (2004-03-30) 30 March 2004 (age 17)   HC TPS
65 D Martin Bučko 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (2000-05-13) 13 May 2000 (age 21)   Dynamo Pardubice
67 F Marián Studenič 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1998-10-28) 28 October 1998 (age 22)   New Jersey Devils
71 D Marek ĎalogaC 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 32)   Dynamo Pardubice
77 F Martin Faško-Rudáš 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (2000-08-10) 10 August 2000 (age 21)   Banská Bystrica
88 F Kristián Pospíšil 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 25)   Lukko
89 F Adrián Holešinský 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 25)   HK Nitra

2002 World Championship: Gold winning rosterEdit

Goalies
Defensemen
Forwards

2012 World ChampionshipEdit

Goalies
Defensemen
Forwards

Player statisticsEdit

Source: [1] [2]

As of 31 May 2021

Players in bold are still active.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; GPG = Goal per game;

Head coachesEdit

This table shows all Slovakia national team head coaches and their record at the IIHF World Championships, World Cup of Hockey and Winter Olympic Games. Data as of 13 April 2019

Source:[5]

Name Years G W OW T OL L GF GA W% PPG
Július Šupler 1993–1996 29 16 0 5 1 7 160 92 55.2 1.31
Jozef Golonka 1996–1997 8 3 0 1 0 4 20 23 37.5 0.88
Ján Šterbák 1997–1999 16 5 0 4 0 7 44 46 31.3 0.88
Ján Filc 1999–2002 29 16 1 3 0 9 106 75 58.6 1.24
František Hossa 2002–2006 38 24 0 5 1 8 133 68 63.2 1.39
Ján Filc[note 1] 2004 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 18 .000 0.00
Július Šupler 2006–2008 12 5 1 0 6 42 35 50.0 1.42
Ján Filc 2008–2010 13 4 2 2 5 34 42 46.2 1.38
Glen Hanlon 2010–2011 12 4 0 0 8 29 34 33.3 1.00
Vladimír Vůjtek 2011–2015 36 14 2 5 15 94 99 44.4 1.42
Zdeno Cíger 2015–2017 14 2 2 2 8 27 51 28.6 0.86
Craig Ramsay 2017– 29 11 2 3 13 84 76 44.8 1.28
  1. ^ Managed the team during 2004 World Cup of Hockey

Team managersEdit

Paul Loicq Award recipient Juraj Okoličány managed the team from 1993 to 1998.[6][7][8][9]

Retired numbersEdit

All-time recordEdit

The following table shows Slovakia's international record from 1940 to 1945 and since 1993, correct as of 8 February 2020. Teams in italics are no longer actively competing.

Source:[10]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
  Austria 36 28 2 6 144 59 +85
  Belarus 35 21 1 13 99 70 +29
  Bucharest 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 20 0 +20
  Canada 52 23 4 25 166 156 +10
  Croatia 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5
  Czech Republic 65 14 7 44 135 222 −87
  Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia 1 0 0 1 0 12 −12
  Denmark 19 14 0 5 75 37 +38
  Finland 35 7 3 25 67 111 −44
  Finland olympic 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1
  France 33 24 3 6 142 61 +81
  Germany 61 33 1 27 151 137 +14
  Great Britain 4 4 0 0 27 6 +21
  Hungary 8 6 0 2 50 19 +31
  Italy 18 13 1 4 75 43 +32
  Japan 5 5 0 0 39 12 +27
  Kazakhstan 9 7 1 1 42 15 +27
  South Korea 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Latvia 28 17 3 8 93 62 +31
  Netherlands 2 2 0 0 24 4 +20
  Norway 33 23 2 8 116 64 +52
  Poland 8 6 1 1 43 16 +27
  Romania 4 4 0 0 39 3 +36
  Russia 38 10 5 23 91 122 −31
  Olympic Athletes from Russia 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
  Russia B 8 3 0 5 21 22 −1
  Slovenia 13 10 0 3 49 23 +26
   Switzerland 70 28 7 35 168 157 +11
   Switzerland B 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Sweden 38 10 3 25 84 127 −43
  Sweden Vikings 2 0 0 2 5 8 −3
  Ukraine 10 9 1 0 49 18 +31
  United States 28 10 3 15 65 91 −26
  Wiener EG 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Yugoslavia 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
Total 666 334 49 282 2083 1666 +417
  • Overtime and penalty shots victories and losses are counted towards wins/losses.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 6 June 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  2. ^ Steiss, Adam. "2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  3. ^ "MS 2021: SR do Rigy s historicky najmladším tímom, nedostali sa doň Koch, Regenda a Hrehorčák" (in Slovak). hockeyslovakia.sk. 15 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Team Roster Belarus" (PDF). iihf.com. 21 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Slovenských hokejistov povedie Čech Vladimír Vůjtek" (in Slovak). 17 August 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Juraj Okolicany 1943–2008". International Ice Hockey Federation. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  7. ^ "IIHF HoF 2008". International Ice Hockey Federation. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Vo veku 65 rokov zomrel Juraj Okoličány, Golonka zarmútený". HokejPortal.sk (in Slovak). 10 September 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  9. ^ Magáth, Tomáš (10 September 2008). "Zomrel Juraj Okoličány". Noviny.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  10. ^ "SLOVENSKO verzus SVET" (in Slovak). SZLH. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.

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