HC Slovan Bratislava

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HC Slovan Bratislava
2014–15 HC Slovan Bratislava season
Slovan Bratislava Logo.svg
Full name HC Slovan Bratislava
Nickname(s) Belasí (the Sky Blues), Orli (the Eagles)
Founded 1921
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia
Arena Ondrej Nepela Arena
(capacity: 10,055)
League

Kontinental Hockey League
(2012–present)

Division Bobrov
Conference Western
Team colors               
GM Slovakia Maroš Krajči
Head coach Czech Republic Rostislav Čada
Captain Slovakia Milan Bartovič
Affiliates HK 36 Skalica (Slovak Extraliga)
Website www.hcslovan.sk

Hockey Club Slovan Bratislava (Slovak: Hokejový klub Slovan Bratislava) is a professional ice hockey club based in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2012, they left the Slovak Extraliga and joined the international Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The club has won eight Slovak championships (most recently in 2012) and one Czechoslovak championship (1979). They play their home games at the Ondrej Nepela Arena, also known as Slovnaft Arena. The team is nicknamed Belasí, which means the "sky blues" in English.

History[edit]

The sports club Slovan Bratislava was founded in 1919 as a football club, then called 1.CsSK Bratislava. In 1921, a hockey section was founded as "CsSK hockey". They played their first game in December 1924 against Wiener EV from Vienna, losing 1-6. In 1939 the name of the club was changed to Slovan Bratislava, which has been kept until today.[1]

After World War II, Slovan was for a long time the only Slovak representative in the highest Czechoslovak league, and achieved several second places in the championship. The only title in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League was achieved under coach Ladislav Horsky in the 1978–79 season. Additionally, the youth teams won several championships.[1]

After the separation of Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993, Slovan played in the Slovak Extraliga and won eight championship titles. Also the junior teams kept winning several Slovak championships.[1]

In addition to the successes achieved in Slovakia, Slovan also performed well internationally, with 3 Spengler Cup wins in a row in 1972–1974. It is also one of only four clubs, which played all 4 years of the European Hockey League and always progressed to the play-off stages. Another highlight was winning the IIHF Continental Cup in the 2003–04 season. Since 2011, Slovan is also participating in the European Trophy.[1]

Kontinental Hockey League[edit]

In March 2012, Slovan filed an application to play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[2] On 21 June 2012, Slovan Bratislava was officially admitted to the KHL, after they fulfilled all necessary conditions. Founded in 1921, they are the oldest KHL team by a large margin, as there were no ice hockey leagues in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics prior to 1946.[3]

2012–13 season[edit]

In May, Slovan signed Rostislav Čada as the new head coach for the first KHL season, who had had a KHL experience from working at Avangard Omsk.[4] After playing two friendly matches against KHL teams and the European Trophy during the summer months, Slovan opened the 2012–13 season with a home game against Ukrainian HC Donbass on 6 September 2012, losing 2–4 in front of a capacity crowd. The first win was achieved 4 days later by defeating Spartak Moscow 2–1 after shootout. During the NHL lockout between September 2012 and January 2013, the two defenders Ľubomír Višňovský and Andrej Sekera enhanced the team. Slovan ended the season with 78 points as 6th of the Western conference and thus clinched the play-off in their first KHL season.[5] In the first play-off round Slovan played against Dynamo Moscow and lost all four matches.

During the regular season, Slovan had sold out 25 out of its 26 home games with an average attendance of 9,977 spectators which is the 7th highest average attendance in Europe.[6]

Mascot[edit]

Before the start of 2013-14 season it was announced that the franchise will have a new mascot called Harvy. The mascot's name was determined by fans and its appearance will be of a bald eagle, which is also on HC Slovan's logo.[7]

Rivalries[edit]

Czechoslovak era[edit]

Slovak Extraliga era[edit]

While competing in Slovak Extraliga Slovan had various rivals around the country, most notably HC Košice, HKm Zvolen and HK Dukla Trenčín.

Kontinental Hockey league[edit]

In KHL the biggest rival of Slovan is Lev Prague. The rivalry started when in their first game HC Lev's Zdeno Chára body-cheked Slovan's team captain Miroslav Šatan after which Šatan had been out of play until the end of the season.[8] The fairness of this hit was the centre of many discussions. The games between Slovan and Lev are among the most anticipated of the season for both teams.[9]

Season-by-season record[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by HC Slovan Bratislava. For the full season-by-season history, see List of HC Slovan Bratislava seasons.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTW = Overtime/Shootout Wins, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W OTW OTL L Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2009–10 47 35 5 2 5 117 199 101 1st, Extraliga Lost in Finals, 2–4 (HC Košice)
2010–11 57 25 5 5 22 90 169 144 4th, Extraliga Lost in Quarterfinals, 3–4 (HK Dukla Trenčín)
2011–12 55 31 1 7 16 102 176 138 3rd, Extraliga Slovak Extraliga Champions, 4–3 (HC Košice)
2012–13 52 17 11 5 19 78 124 127 3rd, Bobrov Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Dynamo Moscow)
2013–14 54 15 9 4 26 67 120 160 6th, Bobrov Did not qualify

Honors[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

Slovak Hockey League

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

  • Gold medal icon.svg Winners (2): 1981–82, 1989–90

International[edit]

IIHF European Champions Cup

  • Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd place (1): 1980

IIHF Continental Cup

Spengler Cup

  • Gold medal icon.svg Winners (3): 1972, 1973, 1974

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Source: hcslovan.sk[10]
As of May 15, 2013

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
26 Sweden Backlund, JohanJohan Backlund G L 33 2014 Skellefteå, Sweden
83 Slovakia Bakoš, MartinMartin Bakoš LW R 24 2007 Spišská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia
61 Slovakia Bartovič, MilanMilan Bartovič LW L 33 2012 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
55 Slovakia Bližňák, MárioMário Bližňák C L 27 2012 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
91 Slovakia Brejčák, JánJán Brejčák D L 25 2013 Poprad, Czechoslovakia
90 Slovakia Hudáček, LiborLibor Hudáček LW R 23 2009 Levoča, Czechoslovakia
32 Slovakia Janus, JaroslavJaroslav Janus G L 24 2012 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
13 Slovenia Jeglič, ŽigaŽiga Jeglič RW R 26 2014 Kranj, Slovenia
23 Slovakia Kudrna, AndrejAndrej Kudrna LW L 23 2011 Nové Zámky, Czechoslovakia
4 Slovakia Luža, PatrikPatrik Luža D R 19 2011 Bratislava, Slovakia
56 Slovakia Mihálik, VladimírVladimír Mihálik D L 27 2012 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
6 Czech Republic Mojžíš, TomášTomáš Mojžíš D R 31 2013 Piešťany, Czechoslovakia
19 United States Murley, MattMatt Murley C L 34 2014 Troy, New York, USA
25 Slovakia Mráz, BrunoBruno Mráz C L 21 2012 Bratislava, Slovakia
14 Slovakia Mráz, RichardRichard Mráz LW R 21 2013 Nové Zámky, Slovakia
27 Slovakia Nagy, LadislavLadislav Nagy RW L 35 2014 Košice, Slovakia
51 Czech Republic Netík, TomášTomáš Netík RW L 32 2014 Prague, Czecholovakia
85 Slovakia Ölvecký, PeterPeter Ölvecký C L 28 2012 Nové Zámky, Czechoslovakia
8 Slovakia Sersen, MichalMichal Sersen D L 28 2012 Gelnica, Czechoslovakia
5 Canada Sigalet, JonathanJonathan Sigalet D L 28 2012 Vancouver, British Columbia
3 Slovakia Štajnoch, MartinMartin Štajnoch D R 23 2008 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
59 Slovakia Šťastný, AndrejAndrej Šťastný C L 23 2012 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
24 Slovenia Tičar, RokRok Tičar RW L 25 2014 Jesenice, Slovenia
82 Czech Republic Vondrka, MichalMichal Vondrka RW L 32 2012 České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia


Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed season.[11]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;

     = current Slovan player

Staff[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

These are the head coaches of HC Slovan Bratislava since they joined the Czechoslovak Extraliga:[12]


Hall of Fame[edit]

The following players associated with HC Slovan Bratislava have been inducted in various Halls of Fame:

Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]

Hockey Hall of Fame is a hall of fame for players that played in the NHL.

Name Category Inducted
Slovakia Peter Šťastný Player 1998

IIHF Hall of Fame[edit]

The IIHF Hall of Fame is intended to honor individuals who have made valuable contributions both internationally and in their home countries.[13]

Name Category Inducted
Czech Republic Václav Nedomanský Player 1997
Slovakia Vladimír Dzurilla Player 1998
Slovakia Jozef Golonka Player 1998
Slovakia Ján Starší Builder 1999
Slovakia Peter Šťastný Player 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "História klubu" (in Slovak). hcslovan.sk. 2011-09-01. 
  2. ^ "The Slovakian candidate". khl.ru. 2012-03-29. 
  3. ^ "Slovan získal definitívny súhlas na štart v KHL" (in Slovak). hcslovan.sk. 2012-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Rostislav Čada oficiálne novým hlavným trénerom" (in Slovak). HC Slovan. 2012-05-02. 
  5. ^ "Slovan sa dočkal, postúpil do play off" (in Slovak). SME. 2013-01-13. 
  6. ^ THE CALAMITY (2013-02-25). "Континентальная Хоккейная Лига. Итоги сезона" (in Russian). sports.ru. 
  7. ^ "Maskotom Slovana bude orliak Harvy" (in Slovak). Sport.sk. September 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Slovan vyhral v derby nad Levom, Chára vyradil Šatana" (in Slovak). WebNoviny.sk. November 3, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "LEV and Slovan renew Czecho-Slovakian derby". HC Lev Praha. October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Team Roster / HC Slovan". http://www.hcslovan.sk. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  11. ^ "HC Slovan Bratislava". EliteProspects. 
  12. ^ "HC Slovan Bratislava - Tréneri". sk.wikipedia. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  13. ^ "IIHF Hall of Fame inducts six new members". National Hockey League. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 

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