April 4, 1986 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||HC Košice|
|NHL Draft||170th overall, 2004
Ščurko started his junior career by playing in 37 games with his junior team, HK VTJ Spisská Nová Ves, in Slovakia. He scored 44 points on 20 goals and 24 assists. Following that season he was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round, 170th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Shortly after, he was drafted seventh overall in the CHL Import Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds. In his first year in the Western Hockey League (WHL), he scored 42 points, which put him in fifth in the league for points scored by a rookie. Ladislav also set a Thunderbird record with a nine-game point streak from December 11, 2004 through January 12, 2005, during which he scored 12 points. He enjoyed similar success in fewer games the following season.
April 4, 1986
|Eight years' imprisonment|
|Victims||1 killed (Marek Liptaj)|
Span of killings
|April 23, 2009|
On April 23, 2009, Ščurko confessed to the murder of referee Marek Liptaj in January 2008 at a motorway service area near Kosice. He admitted that he killed Liptaj by stabbing him fourteen times with a knife. Liptaj's body was hastily buried in a forest. No motive has been revealed yet, but police say the crime was not premeditated.
On July 16, 2012, Ščurko was convicted of the murder; however, because psychiatric examinations found that Ščurko committed the act in a state of diminished sanity, the court sentenced him to the minimum penalty of eight years in prison.
Life after release
Ščurko was released from jail on November 8, 2011. He is going to play his first hockey game after the release from prison on December 3, 2011 playing for his boyhood club HK Slovan Gelnica.
Regular season and playoffs
|2003–04||HK VTJ Spisská Nová Ves||SVK U20||37||20||24||44||102||6||6||2||8||8|
|2003–04||HK VTJ Spisská Nová Ves||SVK-2||30||2||3||5||16||2||0||1||1||2|
|2007–08||HK VTJ Trebišov||SVK-2||17||7||4||11||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Slovakia|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World U18 Championships|
|2003||Slovakia Jr.||WJC U18||7||0||2||2||2|
|2004||Slovakia Jr.||WJC U18||6||0||3||3||6|
- Seattle Thunderbirds' franchise record for longest point streak: 9 games (12 points, from 11 December 2004 to 12 January 2005)