|Founded||1962 as Dukla Košice|
|Home arena||Steel Aréna
|Colours||darkblue, white, orange
|General manager||Juraj Bakoš|
|Head coach||Anton Tomko|
Hockey Club Košice is a professional ice hockey team playing in the Slovak Extraliga and is one of the most successful hockey teams in Slovakia and the former Czechoslovakia. The team is nicknamed Oceliari, it means Steelers in English.
The club existed since 1962, when it was established as an army hockey team named TJ Dukla Košice. At that time, there were two weak regional ice hockey clubs in Košice. The new club was pretty mighty and within two years it joined the Supreme Czechoslovak League.
In 1966 Dukla accepted a new name TJ VSŽ Košice. Twenty years later, in 1986, the club became, for the first time, the Ice Hockey Champion of Czechoslovakia (beat HC Dukla Jihlava in finals). In 1988, TJ VSŽ Košice obtained its second lead - in finals beat HC Sparta Prague. At that time, the team of VSŽ Košice was the second best ice hockey team in Europe after legendary CSKA Moscow (The European Cup 1987 and 1989).
In 1992, the federal Czechoslovak parliament decided to split country into two independent states – the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as of January 1, 1993. As a Slovak team, VSŽ Košice became a member of Supreme Slovak Hockey Ligue – Slovak Extraliga, and in the next years obtained three titles of Slovak hockey champion.
In 1998, the club changed name again. Hockey Club (HC) Košice removed to Lokomotíva Košice Stadium because of the Steel Aréna – Košice‘s L. Troják Stadium construction. The new home arena of HC Košice was open on February 24, 2006. It is named in honour of the general sponsor of HC Košice – the U. S. Steel Košice (a member of the United States Steel Corporation, U.S.A.) and legendary Košice‘s ice hockey player Ladislav Troják.
2009 Slovnaft Extraliga champions beating HK 36 Skalica 4–2 with Košice goaltender Július Hudáček saving Skalica's legend Žigmund Pálffy three shots in the shootout of the sixth game to secure victory.
2010 Slovnaft Extraliga Champions for the 2nd year in a row and the 5th time in total, beating HC Slovan Bratislava 4-2. Július Hudáček was again the hero of the final series with save after save, although the final goal was fittingly scored by Vlado Dravecký.
2011 Slovnaft Extraliga Champions for the 3rd year in a row (the first "golden hat trick" in the Slovnaft Extraliga history) and the 6th time in total, beating HK Poprad 4-1 in finals. Július Hudáček again was the player of the series along with captain Peter Bartos.
3 May 2011 - Rostislav Čada resigns as manager to join Avangard Omsk in the KHL.
2012 Kosice lost 4-3 in games in the Play Off final Against Slovan, due to an extra time goal from Libor Hudacek, brother of Kosice's former goalie.
2013 Kosice qualify for their 6th finals in a row where they played Zloven, finally losing 4-1. Although scoring as many goals during the final series and winners Zvolen.
This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by HC Košice. Code explanation; GP—Games played, W—Wins, OTW—Overtime wins, OTW—Overtime losses, L—Losses, GF—Goals for, GA—Goals against, Pts—Points. Top Scorer: Points (Goals+Assists)
|Season||League||Regular season||Post season results||Top scorer (regular season)|
|2007–08||Extraliga||2nd||54||31||5||5||13||188||127||103||Lost in finals, 3–4 (HC Slovan Bratislava)||J. Faith 52 (23+29)|
|2008–09||Extraliga||1st||56||37||6||3||10||232||131||126||Won Slovak Championship, 4–2 (HK 36 Skalica)||R. Huna 72 (31+41)|
|2009–10||Extraliga||3rd||47||24||3||3||17||179||126||81||Won Slovak Championship, 4–2 (HC Slovan Bratislava)||R. Huna 49 (24+25)|
|2010–11||Extraliga||1st||57||38||10||3||6||217||102||137||Won Slovak Championship, 4–1 (HK Poprad)||P. Bartoš 53 (23+30)|
|2011–12||Extraliga||1st||55||35||2||1||17||191||130||110||Lost in finals, 3–4 (HC Slovan Bratislava)||M. Zálešák 47 (15+32)|
Updated May 10, 2013.
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
|Nagy, LadislavLadislav Nagy||LW||Blues, Coyotes, Stars, Kings||435||115||196||311||+35||358|
|Svatoš, MarekMarek Svatoš||RW||Avalanche, Predators, Senators||344||100||72||172||-4||217|
|Bicek, JiříJiří Bicek||LW||Devils||62||6||7||13||+6||29|
GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average; MIN = Minutes on ice
|Staňa, RastislavRastislav Staňa||G||Capitals||6||1||2||-||.890||3.13||211|
- Ladislav Troják
- Bedřich Brunclík
- Vincent Lukáč
- Igor Liba
- Jaromír Dragan
- Peter Bondra
- Ladislav Nagy
- Jiří Bicek
- Ľubomír Vaic
- Marek Svatoš
- Juraj Faith
- Rudolf Huna
- Peter Bartos