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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
Ján Lašák
Róbert Petrovický
Andrej Podkonický
CaptainAndrej Sekera
Most gamesDominik Graňák (184)1
Top scorerMiroslav Šatan (85)1
Most pointsMiroslav Šatan (162)1
Home stadiumZimný Štadión Ondreja Nepelu
Team colors              
IIHF codeSVK
Slovakia national ice hockey team jerseys 2018 (WOG)
Ranking
Current IIHF10 Steady (21 May 2018)[1]
Highest IIHF1 (2002)
Lowest IIHF11 (2017)
First international
Bohemia Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia 12–0 Slovakia Slovakia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
Biggest win
Slovakia  20–0  Bulgaria
(Poprad, Slovakia; 18 March 1994)2
Biggest defeat
Bohemia Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia12–0 Slovakia Slovakia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
IIHF World Championships
Appearances25 (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 Team
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Zakopane
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Harbin

In the last sixteen years, 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 4th 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.

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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 include Marián Gáborík of the Los Angeles Kings; Marián Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks; Marcel Hossa; Miroslav Šatan; star goaltender of the New York Islanders 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

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 OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
19201992 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

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.

Former National jerseysEdit

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

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.[2][3]

Head coach: Craig Ramsay

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1 G Marek Čiliak 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 29)   HC Kometa Brno
2 D Andrej SekeraC 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 32)   Edmonton Oilers
6 D Martin Fehérváry 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1999-10-06) 6 October 1999 (age 19)   HV71
12 F Dávid Bondra 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1992-08-26) 26 August 1992 (age 26)   HK Poprad
13 F Michal Krištof 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 (age 25)   Oulun Kärpät
14 F Richard Pánik 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1991-02-07) 7 February 1991 (age 28)   Arizona Coyotes
16 F Róbert Lantoši 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1995-09-24) 24 September 1995 (age 23)   HK Nitra
17 F Dávid Buc 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 32)   HC Slovan Bratislava
19 F Matúš Sukeľ 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 78 kg (172 lb) (1996-01-23) 23 January 1996 (age 23)   HC Slovan Bratislava
23 F Adam Liška 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1999-10-14) 14 October 1999 (age 19)   HC Slovan Bratislava
24 F Tomáš Zigo 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1992-04-11) 11 April 1992 (age 27)   HC '05 Banská Bystrica
27 F Ladislav NagyA 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1979-06-01) 1 June 1979 (age 39)   HC Košice
28 F Marian Studenič 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1998-10-28) 28 October 1998 (age 20)   Binghamton Devils
30 G Denis Godla 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1995-04-04) 4 April 1995 (age 24)   KalPa
42 G Patrik Rybár 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1993-11-09) 9 November 1993 (age 25)   Grand Rapids Griffins
47 F Mário Lunter 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-06-20) 20 June 1994 (age 24)   HC '05 Banská Bystrica
52 D Martin Marinčin 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 27)   Toronto Maple Leafs
56 F Marko Daňo 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 24)   Manitoba Moose
64 D Patrik Koch 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1996-12-08) 8 December 1996 (age 22)   HC Košice
65 D Michal Čajkovský 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 107 kg (236 lb) (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 27)   HC Dynamo Moscow
71 D Marek Ďaloga 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 30)   Mora IK
79 F Libor Hudáček 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 28)   HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
81 D Erik Černák 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 102 kg (225 lb) (1997-05-28) 28 May 1997 (age 21)   Tampa Bay Lightning
83 D Christián Jaroš 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 23)   Ottawa Senators
90 F Tomáš TatarA 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 28)   Montreal Canadiens

2002 World Championship: Gold winning rosterEdit

Goalies
Defensemen
Forwards

2012 World ChampionshipEdit

Goalies
Defensemen
Forwards

Player statisticsEdit

Source: [1] [2]

As of 12 May 2015

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:[4]

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 2017–2019 29 11 2 3 13 84 76 44.8 1.28
  1. ^ Managed the team during 2004 World Cup of Hockey

Retired numbersEdit

All-time recordEdit

The following table shows Slovakia's international record from 1940 to 1945 and since 1993, correct as of 21 May 2019. Teams in italics are no longer actively competing.

Source:[5]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
  Austria 36 28 2 6 144 59 +85
  Belarus 34 20 1 13 95 67 +28
  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 60 32 1 27 148 135 +13
  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 32 23 2 7 115 60 +55
  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 5 2 0 3 15 15 +1
  Slovenia 13 10 0 3 49 23 +26
   Switzerland 69 28 7 34 166 152 +14
   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. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Realizačný tím uzavrel nomináciu na majstrovstvá sveta, káder opúšťa trojica hráčov". hockeyslovakia.sk. 8 May 2019.
  3. ^ 2019 IIHF World Championship roster
  4. ^ "Slovenských hokejistov povedie Čech Vladimír Vůjtek" (in Slovak). 17 August 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  5. ^ "SLOVENSKO verzus SVET" (in Slovak). SZLH. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.

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