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Slovakia
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Association Slovak Ice Hockey Federation
GM Slovakia Peter Bondra
Head coach Slovakia Ján Filc, 2008–
Assistants Slovakia Lubomir Pokovič
Slovakia František Hossa
Captain Ľuboš Bartečko
Most games Ľubomír Sekeráš (152)1
Most points Miroslav Šatan (101)1
IIHF ranking 8
Highest IIHF ranking 3 (2004)
Lowest IIHF ranking 8 (2008)
Team colours
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Team colours
Team colours
Team colours
Home colours
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Team colours
Team colours
Team colours
Away colours
First international
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Bohemia and Moravia 12–0 Slovakia 
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; February 1, 1940)2
Biggest win
 Slovakia 20–0 Bulgaria 
(Prievidza, Slovakia; March 18, 1994)2
Biggest defeat
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Bohemia and Moravia 12–0 Slovakia 
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; February 1, 1940)2
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 15 (first in 1994)
Best result Med 1.png (2002)
Olympics
Appearances 4 (first in 1994)
International record (W-L-T)
216–147–49


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. As of 2008, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the world governing body of hockey, ranks them as the eighth strongest national team in the world. The team's general manager is Peter Bondra and their head coach is Ján Filc. In the last six years, Slovakia has won three medals at the World Championships, including a gold medal in 2002. Slovakia has a total of 12,375 hockey players enrolled in organized ice hockey (0.23% of its population).

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History

Slovakia hockey logo

The Slovak national team was formed following the breakup of Czechoslovakia, as the country was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For years, the Czechs kept control over how the national team was run, and even had quotas instituted to ensure a minimal participation of Slovak players on the Czechoslovakian national team. 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.

In the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, 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 Slovak team as most of their players were coming from NHL teams. The NHL had decided to only allow their players to participate in the final medal round, and thus Slovakia failed to qualify finishing a disappointing 13th. 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.

Notable Slovak national team members and current NHL players include Pavol Demitra of the Vancouver Canucks; Marián Gáborík of the New York Rangers; brothers Marián Hossa and Marcel Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks and Dinamo Riga, respectively; Miroslav Šatan; and the tallest player in NHL history, Zdeno Chára. In the late 1990s, the St. Louis Blues placed Ľuboš Bartečko, Michal Handzuš, and 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.

Olympic record

  • 1994 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1998 – Finished in 10th place
  • 2002 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 5th place (see roster)

World Cup record

  • 1996 – Did not qualify
  • 2004 – Lost in quarter-finals

World Championship record

Slovakia's team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • 1994 – Finished in 21st place (winner of the "Pool C")
  • 1995 – Finished in 13th place (winner of the "Pool B")
  • 1996 – Finished in 10th place
  • 1997 – Finished in 9th place
  • 1998 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1999 – Finished in 7th place
  • 2000 – Won silver medal
  • 2001 – Finished in 7th place
  • 2002 – Won gold medal
  • 2003 – Won bronze medal
  • 2004 – Finished in 4th place
  • 2005 – Finished in 5th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2007 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2008 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2009 – Finished in 10th place
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2010 Olympics roster

Position
Name
Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace 2009–10 team
G Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halák 180 82 01985-05-13 13 May 1985 Bratislava Canada Montreal Canadiens
G Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj 185 91 01982-09-18 18 September 1982 Banská Bystrica United States Colorado Avalanche
G Stana, RastislavRastislav Staňa 185 88 01980-01-10 10 January 1980 Košice Russia Severstal
D Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chára 206 116 01977-03-18 18 March 1977 Trenčín United States Boston Bruins
D Visnovsky, LubomirĽubomír Višňovský 180 84 01976-08-11 11 August 1976 Topoľčany Canada Edmonton Oilers
D Sekera, AndrejAndrej Sekera 183 91 01986-06-08 8 June 1986 Bojnice United States Buffalo Sabres
D Meszaros, AndrejAndrej Meszároš 188 100 01985-10-13 13 October 1985 Považská Bystrica United States Tampa Bay Lightning
D Jurcina, MilanMilan Jurčina 193 111 01983-06-07 7 June 1983 Liptovský Mikuláš United States Columbus Blue Jackets
D Strbak, MartinMartin Štrbák 191 96 01975-01-15 15 January 1975 Prešov Russia HC MVD
D Lintner, RichardRichard Lintner 188 97 01977-10-15 15 October 1977 Trenčín Belarus Dynamo Minsk
F Hossa, MarianMarián Hossa 187 95 01979-12-01 1 December 1979 Stará Ľubovňa United States Chicago Blackhawks
F Gaborik, MarianMarián Gáborík 185 90 01982-02-02 2 February 1982 Trenčín United States New York Rangers
F Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra 183 91 01974-05-11 11 May 1974 Dubnica nad Váhom Canada Vancouver Canucks
F Handzus, MichalMichal Handzuš 196 98 01977-11-03 3 November 1977 Banská Bystrica United States Los Angeles Kings
F Bartecko, LubosĽuboš Bartečko 183 86 01976-07-14 14 July 1976 Kežmarok Switzerland SC Bern
F Hossa, MarcelMarcel Hossa 192 100 01981-12-10 10 December 1981 Ilava Latvia Dinamo Riga
F Cibak, MartinMartin Cibák 185 89 01980-05-17 17 May 1980 Liptovský Mikuláš Russia Spartak Moscow
F Kopecky, TomasTomáš Kopecký 191 91 01982-05-02 2 May 1982 Ilava United States Chicago Blackhawks
F Palffy, ZigmundŽigmund Pálffy 178 82 01972-05-05 5 May 1972 Skalica Slovakia HK 36 Skalica
F Radivojevic, BrankoBranko Radivojevič 183 94 01980-12-11 11 December 1980 Piešťany Russia Spartak Moscow
F Stumpel, JozefJozef Stümpel 191 101 01972-08-07 7 August 1972 Nitra Kazakhstan Barys Astana
F Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Šatan 191 87 01974-10-10 10 October 1974 Topoľčany United States Boston Bruins
F Zednik, RichardRichard Zedník 185 91 01976-06-01 1 June 1976 Banská Bystrica Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

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World Championship 2009 roster

Goaltenders
# Player Date of Birth Club
25 Ján Lašák April 10, 1979 Czech Republic Moeller Pardubice
31 Rastislav Staňa January 10, 1980 Russia Severstal Cherepovets
41 Jaroslav Halák May 13, 1985 Canada Montreal Canadiens
Defensemen
# Player Date of Birth Club
6 Peter Smrek February 16, 1979 Czech Republic Lasselsberger Plzeň
7 Ivan Baranka May 19, 1985 Russia Spartak Moscow
12 Ivan Švarný October 31, 1984 Czech Republic Litvínov
15 Dominik Graňák June 11, 1983 Sweden Färjestad
29 René Vydarený May 6, 1981 Czech Republic České Budějovice
43 Jaroslav Obšut September 3, 1976 Sweden Luleå
44 Andrej Sekera June 8, 1986 United States Buffalo Sabres
48 Boris Valábik February 14, 1986 United States Atlanta Thrashers
Forwards
# Player Date of Birth Club
4 Jiří Bicek December 3, 1978 Switzerland EHC Biel
10 Milan Bartovič April 9, 1981 Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec
14 Štefan Ružička February 17, 1985 Russia Spartak Moscow
17 Michal Macho January 17, 1982 Slovakia MHC Martin
19 Rastislav Pavlikovský March 2, 1977 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
20 Juraj Štefanka January 28, 1976 Czech Republic Vítkovice
23 Ľuboš Bartečko (C) July 14, 1976 Sweden Luleå
26 Michal Handzuš (A) March 11, 1977 United States Los Angeles Kings
27 Ladislav Nagy (A) June 1, 1979 Russia Severstal Cherepovets
28 Peter Ölvecký May 20, 1985 United States Minnesota Wild
34 Tomáš Surový September 24, 1981 Sweden Linköping
71 Juraj Mikúš February 22, 1987 Slovakia 36 Skalica
81 Marcel Hossa October 21, 1981 Latvia Dinamo Riga
92 Branko Radivojevič November 24, 1980 Russia Spartak Moscow

2002 gold medalists

Goalies
Defensemen
Forwards

See also

References

  1. ^ http://oh2010.sme.sk/c/5170557/v-nominacii-na-olympiadu-je-aj-satan-chyba-lasak.html
  • [1] - from the National Hockey League
  • [2] - from Sports Illustrated
  • [3] - from International Ice Hockey Federation

Simple English

The Slovak men's national ice hockey team is one of the best national ice hockey teams in the world. As of 2008, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the world governing body of ice hockey, ranks them as the eighth best national team. The team is operated by the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation under general manager Peter Bondra, and head coach Ján Filc. In the last six years, Slovakia has won three medals at the World Championships, including a gold medal in 2002. Slovakia has a total of 12,375 hockey players (0.23% of the population).

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History

The Slovak national team was created after Czechoslovakia was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For years, the Czechs kept control over how the Czechoslovakian national team was run, and limited how many Slovak players were on the team.[needs proof] When the country became two, the Czech Republic team was allowed to compete at the highest pool (A), and the IIHF ruled that because fewer players of the former Czechoslovak team were Slovaks, Slovakia have to start international play in pool C, the lowest group. However, Slovakia's play in the lower pools won it promotion to pool A by 1996.

Olympic record

  • 1994 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1998 - Finished in 10th place
  • 2002 - Finished in 13th place
  • 2006 - Finished in 5th place (see roster)

World Cup record

  • 1996 - Did not qualify
  • 2004 - Lost in quarter-finals

World Championship record

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  • 1994 - Finished in 21st place (winner of the "Pool C")
  • 1995 - Finished in 13th place (winner of the "Pool B")
  • 1996 - Finished in 10th place
  • 1997 - Finished in 9th place
  • 1998 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1999 - Finished in 7th place
  • 2000 - Won silver medal
  • 2001 - Finished in 7th place
  • 2002 - Won gold medal
  • 2003 - Won bronze medal
  • 2004 - Finished in 4th place
  • 2005 - Finished in 5th place
  • 2006 - Finished in 8th place
  • 2007 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2008 - Finished in 13th place
  • 2009 - Finished in 10th place

World Championship 2009 Roster

Goaltenders
# Player Date of Birth Club
25 Ján Lašák April 10, 1979 Moeller Pardubice
31 Rastislav Staňa January 10, 1980 Severstal Cherepovets
41 Jaroslav Halák May 13, 1985 Montreal Canadiens
Defensemen
# Player Date of Birth Club
6 Peter Smrek February 16, 1979 Lasselsberger Plzeň
7 Ivan Baranka May 19, 1985 Spartak Moscow
12 Ivan Švarný October 31, 1984 Litvínov
15 Dominik Graňák June 11, 1983 Färjestad
29 René Vydarený May 6, 1981 České Budějovice
43 Jaroslav Obšut September 3, 1976 Luleå
44 Andrej Sekera June 8, 1986 Buffalo Sabres
48 Boris Valábik February 14, 1986 Atlanta Thrashers
Forwards
# Player Date of Birth Club
4 Jiří Bicek December 3, 1978 EHC Biel
10 Milan Bartovič April 9, 1981 Bílí Tygři Liberec
14 Štefan Ružička February 17, 1985 Spartak Moscow
17 Michal Macho January 17, 1982 MHC Martin
19 Rastislav Pavlikovský March 2, 1977 Sibir Novosibirsk
20 Juraj Štefanka January 28, 1976 Vítkovice
23 Ľuboš Bartečko (C) July 14, 1976 Luleå
26 Michal Handzuš (A) March 11, 1977 Los Angeles Kings
27 Ladislav Nagy (A) June 1, 1979 Severstal Cherepovets
28 Peter Ölvecký May 20, 1985 Minnesota Wild
34 Tomáš Surový September 24, 1981 Linköping
71 Juraj Mikúš February 22, 1987 36 Skalica
81 Marcel Hossa October 21, 1981 Dinamo Riga
92 Branko Radivojevič November 24, 1980 Spartak Moscow

2002 Gold Medallists

Goalies: Ján Lašák, Rastislav Staňa, Miroslav Šimonovič.

Defensemen: Jerguš Bača, Ladislav Čierny, Radoslav Hecl, Richard Lintner, Dušan Milo, Peter Smrek, Martin Štrbák, Ľubomír Višňovský.

Forwards: Ľuboš Bartečko, Peter Bondra, Michal Handzuš, Miroslav Hlinka, Ladislav Nagy, Vladimír Országh, Žigmund Pálffy, Rastislav Pavlikovský, Róbert Petrovický, Peter Pucher, Radovan Somík, Jozef Stümpel, Miroslav Šatan, Róbert Tomík, Marek Uram.

Other pages

  • List of Slovaks in the NHL
  • Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame
  • History of ice hockey in Slovakia
  • Czechoslovak national ice hockey team

References

  • [1] - from the National Hockey League
  • [2] - from Sports Illustrated
  • [3] - from International Ice Hockey Federation



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