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.
|Nickname(s)||Repre, Chlapci (Boys), Naši chlapci (Our Boys)|
|Association||Slovak Ice Hockey Federation|
|General Manager||Miroslav Šatan|
|Head coach||Craig Ramsay|
|Most games||Dominik Graňák (184)1|
|Top scorer||Miroslav Šatan (85)1|
|Most points||Miroslav Šatan (162)1|
|Home stadium||Ondrej Nepela Arena|
|Current IIHF||9 (6 June 2021)|
|Highest IIHF||3 (2004)|
|Lowest IIHF||11 (2017)|
|Slovakia 0–12 Bohemia |
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
|Slovakia 20–0 Bulgaria |
(Poprad, Slovakia; 18 March 1994)2
|Slovakia 0–12 Bohemia|
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
|IIHF World Championships|
|Appearances||27 (first in 1994)|
|Best result||Gold: (2002)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1994)|
|International record (W–L–T)|
|1999 Poprad Tatry|
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|1996||3||0||–||0||–||3||9||19||Jozef Golonka||Round 1||7th|
Former national jerseysEdit
|ZOH 1994||MS 1994||1995||1996–1997||1998–2000|
|3||D||Adam Jánošík – A||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||7 September 1992||IK Oskarshamn|
|5||D||Šimon Nemec||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||15 February 2004||HK Nitra|
|7||D||Mário Grman||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||92 kg (203 lb)||11 April 1997||SaiPa|
|8||F||Pavol Skalický||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)||97 kg (214 lb)||9 October 1995||Lukko|
|12||F||Miloš Kelemen||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||96 kg (212 lb)||6 July 1999||HKM Zvolen|
|13||F||Michal Krištof||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||74 kg (163 lb)||11 October 1993||Oulun Kärpät|
|16||F||Róbert Lantoši||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||24 September 1995||Providence Bruins|
|17||F||Dávid Buc||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)||96 kg (212 lb)||22 January 1987||Bratislava Capitals|
|19||F||Matúš Sukeľ||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||77 kg (170 lb)||23 January 1996||Sparta Prague|
|22||D||Samuel Kňažko||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)||87 kg (192 lb)||7 August 2002||HC TPS|
|23||F||Adam Liška||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||14 October 1999||Severstal Cherepovets|
|27||F||Marek Hrivík – A||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||93 kg (205 lb)||28 August 1991||Leksands IF|
|28||D||Martin Gernát||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||94 kg (207 lb)||11 April 1993||Oceláři Třinec|
|29||D||Michal Ivan||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||18 November 1999||HKM Zvolen|
|33||G||Július Hudáček||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||87 kg (192 lb)||9 August 1988||Spartak Moscow|
|34||F||Peter Cehlárik||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||93 kg (205 lb)||2 August 1995||Leksands IF|
|35||G||Adam Húska||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)||93 kg (205 lb)||12 May 1997||Hartford Wolf Pack|
|40||F||Miloš Roman||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||87 kg (192 lb)||6 November 1999||Oceláři Třinec|
|42||G||Branislav Konrád||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||10 October 1987||HC Olomouc|
|44||D||Mislav Rosandić||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||26 January 1995||Bílí Tygři Liberec|
|48||D||Daniel Gachulinec||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||16 February 1994||HC 07 Detva|
|60||F||Juraj Slafkovský||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)||99 kg (218 lb)||30 March 2004||HC TPS|
|65||D||Martin Bučko||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)||86 kg (190 lb)||13 May 2000||Dynamo Pardubice|
|67||F||Marián Studenič||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||28 October 1998||New Jersey Devils|
|71||D||Marek Ďaloga – C||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||10 March 1989||Dynamo Pardubice|
|77||F||Martin Faško-Rudáš||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||77 kg (170 lb)||10 August 2000||Banská Bystrica|
|88||F||Kristián Pospíšil||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||22 April 1996||Lukko|
|89||F||Adrián Holešinský||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||11 February 1996||HK Nitra|
2002 World Championship: Gold winning rosterEdit
2012 World ChampionshipEdit
- As of 31 May 2021
Players in bold are still active.
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; GPG = Goal per game;
|Ján Filc[note 1]||2004||4||0||0||0||0||4||4||18||.000||0.00|
- Managed the team during 2004 World Cup of Hockey
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.
|Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia||1||0||0||1||0||12||−12|
|Olympic Athletes from Russia||1||1||0||0||3||2||+1|
- Overtime and penalty shots victories and losses are counted towards wins/losses.
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