Slovenia men's national ice hockey team

The Slovenian men's national ice hockey team is the ice hockey team representing Slovenia internationally. It is governed by the Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia. As of March 2022, Slovenia is ranked 19th in the world by the IIHF World Ranking. The team's biggest success is reaching the quarter-finals at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Their best record at the Ice Hockey World Championships is 13th place, while their highest IIHF ranking is 12th place.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Slovenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Risi (The Lynx)
AssociationIce Hockey Federation of Slovenia
Head coachMatjaž Kopitar
AssistantsGorazd Rekelj
Anže Ulcar
CaptainMitja Robar
Most gamesTomaž Razingar (212)[1]
Top scorerJan Urbas (90)[2]
Most pointsTomaž Vnuk (171)[3]
Team colors     
IIHF codeSLO
Slovenia national hockey team jerseys 2015.png
Ranking
Current IIHF19 Increase 1 (30 March 2022)[4]
Highest IIHF12 (2014)
Lowest IIHF20 (2020)
First international
Austria  1–0  Slovenia
(Klagenfurt, Austria; 20 March 1992)
Biggest win
Slovenia  29–0  South Africa
(Ljubljana, Slovenia; 15 March 1993)
Biggest defeat
Finland  12–0  Slovenia
(Tampere, Finland; 28 April 2003)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances28 (first in 1993)
Best result13th (2002 and 2005)
Olympics
Appearances2 (first in 2014)
International record (W–L–T)
221–192–31[2]

Six players from Slovenia have been drafted into the NHL since 1998; Anže Kopitar and Jan Muršak have played in the league.[11]

HistoryEdit

 
Slovenian players at the 2008 World Championship

During Yugoslav period, Slovene ice hockey players played for the Yugoslav national team. From 1939, when Yugoslavia first played a World Championship, to 1991, when the country collapsed, 91% of all Yugoslav national team players were Slovenes, and the entire roster of the team at the 1984 Winter Olympics, held in the Yugoslav city of Sarajevo, were from Slovenia.[12]

Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, and joined the IIHF the following year.[13] They first played as an independent nation at the 1993 World Championship, hosting the Group C tournament, the lowest tier.[14] They played in the elite division for the first time in 2002,[15] and at their first Winter Olympics in 2014.[16]

Tournament recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Round Position GP W OW OL L GS GA
1964–1991 Part of   Yugoslavia
  1992 Did not enter
  1994
  1998 Did not qualify
  2002
  2006
  2010
  2014 Quarter-finals 7th 5 2 0 0 3 10 16
  2018 Playoffs 9th 4 0 2 1 1 9 14
  2022 Did not qualify
Total 0 Titles 9 2 2 1 4 19 30

World ChampionshipEdit

 
Slovenia's all-time top scorer Jan Urbas
Championship GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
19201992 Part of   Yugoslavia
    1993 Zagreb and Ljubljana, Pool C 2 2 0 0 0 0 22 3   Rudi Hiti 5th in Pool C 25th
  1994 Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves, Pool C 6 2 0 0 0 4 26 27   Rudi Hiti 5th in Pool C 25th
  1995 Sofia, Pool C 4 2 0 0 0 2 28 15   Rudi Hiti 7th in Pool C 27th
  1996 Jesenice and Kranj, Pool C 7 5 0 2 0 1 41 19   Vladimir Krikunov 3rd in Pool C 22nd
  1997 Tallinn and Kohtla-Järve, Pool C 6 3 0 2 0 1 27 11   Pavle Kavčič 2nd in Pool C 22nd
  1998 Ljubljana and Jesenice, Pool B 7 5 0 1 0 1 28 15   Pavle Kavčič 2nd in Pool B 18th
  1999 Odense and Rodovre, Pool B 7 2 0 1 0 4 14 17   Pavle Kavčič 5th in Pool B 21st
  2000 Katowice and Krakow, Pool B 7 0 0 2 0 5 16 31   Rudi Hiti 7th in Pool B 23rd
  2001 Ljubljana, Division IB 5 4 0 1 0 0 44 6   Matjaž Sekelj Winners, promoted 17th
  2002 Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jönköping 6 3 0 0 0 3 18 26   Matjaž Sekelj Consolation Round 13th
  2003 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 6 0 0 1 0 5 12 37   Matjaž Sekelj Consolation Round 15th
  2004 Gdańsk, Division IB 5 5 0 0 0 0 33 5   Kari Savolainen Tomaž Vnuk Winners, promoted 17th
  2005 Vienna, Innsbruck 6 2 0 0 0 4 12 32   Kari Savolainen Robert Ciglenečki Relegation round 13th
  2006 Riga 6 0 0 2 0 4 14 26   František Výborný Dejan Varl Relegation round 16th
  2007 Ljubljana, Division IB 5 5 0 0 0 29 5   Ted Sator Marcel Rodman Winners, promoted 17th
  2008 Quebec City, Halifax 5 0 0 0 5 6 22   Mats Waltin Marcel Rodman Relegation Round 15th
  2009 Vilnius, Division IA 5 4 0 0 1 21 7   John Harrington Tomaž Razingar Promoted, 2nd 19th
  2010 Ljubljana, Division IB 5 4 1 0 0 29 10   John Harrington Tomaž Razingar Winners, promoted 18th
  2011 Bratislava, Košice 6 1 0 1 4 15 24   Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Relegation round 16th
  2012 Ljubljana, Division IA 5 5 0 0 0 17 9   Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Winners, promoted 17th
    2013 Stockholm, Helsinki 7 0 0 2 5 12 27   Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Group stage 16th
  2014 Goyang, Division IA 5 4 0 0 1 15 6   Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Winners, promoted 17th
  2015 Prague, Ostrava 7 1 0 0 6 9 22   Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Group stage 16th
  2016 Katowice, Division IA 5 4 0 0 1 18 8   Nik Zupančič Jan Urbas Winners, promoted 17th
    2017 Cologne, Paris 7 0 0 1 6 13 36   Nik Zupančič Jan Muršak Group stage 15th
  2018 Budapest, Division IA 5 2 0 0 3 15 15   Kari Savolainen Jan Urbas 5th in Division IA 21st
  2019 Nur-Sultan, Division IA 5 2 0 0 3 21 12   Ivo Jan Anže Kopitar 4th in Division IA 20th
  2020 Ljubljana, Division IA Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[17]
  2021 Ljubljana, Division IA Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[18]
  2022 Ljubljana, Division IA 4 4 0 0 0 22 5   Matjaž Kopitar Mitja Robar Winners, promoted 17th

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2021 Beat Covid-19 International Ice Hockey Tournament in Ljubljana.[19]

Head coach:   Matjaž Kopitar

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
69 G Matija Pintarič 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1989-08-11) 11 August 1989 (age 32)   Rouen Hockey Élite 76
32 G Gašper Krošelj 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 35)   BK Mladá Boleslav
35 G Luka Gračnar 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1993-10-31) 31 October 1993 (age 28)   Steinbach Black Wings 1992
1 G Žan Us 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1996-06-10) 10 June 1996 (age 25)   HDD Jesenice
7 D Klemen PretnarC 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1986-08-31) 31 August 1986 (age 35)   TH Unia Oświęcim
17 D Žiga PavlinA 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1985-04-30) 30 April 1985 (age 37)   HC Košice
61 D Jurij Repe 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-09-17) 17 September 1994 (age 27)   HC Frýdek-Místek
14 D Matic Podlipnik 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1992-08-09) 9 August 1992 (age 29)   Progym Gheorgheni
76 D Kristjan Čepon 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 26)   HK Olimpija Ljubljana
4 D Aleksandar Magovac 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1991-02-09) 9 February 1991 (age 31)   HK Olimpija Ljubljana
6 D Miha Štebih 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 30)   HK Olimpija Ljubljana
95 D Aljoša Crnovič 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1999-04-16) 16 April 1999 (age 23)   HDD Jesenice
97 D Nejc Stojan 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1999-08-30) 30 August 1999 (age 22)   HDD Jesenice
44 D Bine Mašič 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 68 kg (150 lb) (2002-11-14) 14 November 2002 (age 19)   HDD Jesenice
92 F Anže Kuralt 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1991-10-31) 31 October 1991 (age 30)   Fehérvár AV19
18 F Ken OgrajenšekA 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1991-08-30) 30 August 1991 (age 30)   Graz99ers
45 F Luka Maver 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1997-10-25) 25 October 1997 (age 24)   American International College
94 F Aljaž Predan 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (2000-07-24) 24 July 2000 (age 21)   Red Bull Hockey Juniors
96 F Rok Kapel 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 23)   EC KAC II
19 F Žiga PešutA 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 29)   HK Olimpija Ljubljana
12 F Nik Simšič 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 25)   HK Olimpija Ljubljana
81 F Tadej Čimžar 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 30)   HK Olimpija Ljubljana
20 F Gregor Koblar 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 29)   HK Olimpija Ljubljana
93 F Luka Kalan 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1993-05-03) 3 May 1993 (age 29)   HK Olimpija Ljubljana
91 F Žan Jezovšek 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 25)   HDD Jesenice
98 F Blaž Tomaževič 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 24)   HDD Jesenice
8 F Jaka Šturm 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 (age 23)   HDD Jesenice
71 F Jaka Sodja 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1997-12-17) 17 December 1997 (age 24)   HDD Jesenice

Coaching historyEdit

NHL Entry DraftEdit

 
Two-time NHL champion Anže Kopitar at the 2008 World Championship

Players from Slovenia selected in the NHL Entry Draft.

Year Name Overall Team
1998 Edo Terglav 249th overall Buffalo Sabres
2000 Jure Penko 203rd overall Nashville Predators
2001 Marcel Rodman 282nd overall Boston Bruins
2005 Anže Kopitar 11th overall Los Angeles Kings
2006 Jan Muršak 182nd overall Detroit Red Wings
2017 Jan Drozg 152nd overall Pittsburgh Penguins

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