HC Slovan Bratislava

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HC Slovan
2015–16 HC Slovan Bratislava season
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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
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GM Maroš Krajči
Head coach Miloš Říha
Captain Tomáš Surový
Affiliates HC '05 Banská Bystrica (Slovak Extraliga)
Website www.hcslovan.sk
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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) making it the second most successful hockey club in Slovak history. 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]

KHL[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]

While competing in Cechoslovak liga Slovan had the main rival Dukla Trenčín.

Slovak era[edit]

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

KHL era[edit]

In KHL, the biggest rival of Slovan was 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 were 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
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
2014–15 60 15 5 8 32 63 136 188 7th, Bobrov Did not qualify

Honors[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

Slovak Hockey League

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (2): 1981–82, 1989–90

International[edit]

IIHF European Champions Cup

  • 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place (1): 1980

IIHF Continental Cup

Spengler Cup

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (3): 1972, 1973, 1974

Basel Summer Ice Hockey

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 2010

Steel Cup

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 2016

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Source: hcslovan.sk[10]
Source: eliteprospects.com[11]
Source: khl.ru[12]
As of July 26, 2015

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
29 Slovakia Miklík, MichelMichel Miklík LW R 34 2014 Piešťany, Czechoslovakia
20 Slovakia Hlinka, MichalMichal Hlinka C L 23 2016 Trenčín,Czechoslovakia
33 Canada Brust, BarryBarry Brust G L 28 2015 Swan River, MB, CAN
18 Canada Cheechoo, JonathanJonathan Cheechoo RW R 36 2016 Moose Factory, Ontario, Canada
71 Slovakia Bulík, TomášTomáš Bulík C L 31 2015 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
7 Slovakia Ďaloga, MarekMarek Ďaloga D L 27 2016 Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
27 Slovakia Zigo, TomášTomáš Zigo C L 26 2016 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
20 United States Taffe, JeffJeff Taffe C/LW L 35 2015 Hastings, Minnesota, USA
Italy Plastino, NickNick Plastino D R 30 2016 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
16 Slovakia Meszároš, AndrejAndrej Meszároš D L 30 2015 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
24 Canada Chipchura, KyleKyle Chipchura C L 30 2016 Westlock, Alberta, Canada
14 Slovenia Jeglič, ŽigaŽiga Jeglič RW R 28 2014 Kranj, Slovenia
81 Czech Republic Kubalík, TomášTomáš Kubalík RW R 26 2016 Plzen, Czechoslovakia
49 Canada Pogge, JustinJustin Pogge G L 30 2016 Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
84 Czech Republic Kundrátek, TomášTomáš Kundrátek D L 26 2015 Přerov, Czechoslovakia
41 Slovakia Lusnak, PatrikPatrik Lusnak W R 27 2015 Piešťany, Slovakia
4 Slovakia Luža, PatrikPatrik Luža D R 22 2011 Bratislava, Slovakia
56 Slovakia Mihálik, VladimírVladimír Mihálik D L 29 2012 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
71 Czech Republic Valský, JakubJakub Valský F L 28 2016 Kladno, Czech Republic
13 Czech Republic Nedorost, VáclavVáclav Nedorost C L 34 2014 České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
12 Slovakia Rehák, DominikDominik Rehák RW L 21 2015 Žilina, Slovakia
70 Czech Republic Smoleňák, RadekRadek Smoleňák Injured Reserve RW L 29 2016 Prague, Czech Republic
97 Slovakia Starosta, TomášTomáš Starosta Injured Reserve D L 35 2014 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
59 Slovakia Šťastný, AndrejAndrej Šťastný C L 25 2012 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
3 Slovakia Švarný, IvanIvan Švarný D R 31 2015 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
25 Slovakia Viedenský, MarekMarek Viedenský C R 26 2015 Handlová, Czechoslovakia


Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed season.[13]

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:


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 located in Toronto, Canada.

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.[14]

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. 1 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Slovakian candidate". khl.ru. 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Slovan získal definitívny súhlas na štart v KHL" (in Slovak). hcslovan.sk. 21 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rostislav Čada oficiálne novým hlavným trénerom" (in Slovak). HC Slovan. 2 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Slovan sa dočkal, postúpil do play-off" (in Slovak). SME. 13 January 2013. 
  6. ^ THE CALAMITY (25 February 2013). Континентальная Хоккейная Лига. Итоги сезона (in Russian). sports.ru. 
  7. ^ "Maskotom Slovana bude orliak Harvy" (in Slovak). Sport.sk. 2 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Slovan vyhral v derby nad Levom, Chára vyradil Šatana" (in Slovak). WebNoviny.sk. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "LEV and Slovan renew Czecho-Slovakian derby". HC Lev Praha. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Team Roster / HC Slovan". www.hcslovan.sk. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  11. ^ "Team Roster / HC Slovan". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  12. ^ "Team Roster / HC Slovan". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  13. ^ "HC Slovan Bratislava". EliteProspects. 
  14. ^ "IIHF Hall of Fame inducts six new members". National Hockey League. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 

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