HC Slovan Bratislava

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HC Slovan
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Nickname Belasí (the Sky Blues), Orli (the Eagles)
City Bratislava, Slovakia

Kontinental Hockey League

Conference Western
Division Bobrov
Founded 1921
Home arena Ondrej Nepela Arena
(capacity: 10,055)
General manager Patrik Ziman
Head coach Miloš Říha
Captain Michal Sersen
Affiliate(s) HC ’05 Banská Bystrica (Slovak Extraliga)
Website www.hcslovan.sk
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Franchise history
1921 - 1939 1. ČsŠK Bratislava
1939 - 1948 Slovan Bratislava
1949 - 1952 Sokol NV Bratislava
1953 - 1992 Slovan ChZJD Bratislava
1993 - 1994 HC Slovan Bratislava
1994 - 1995 HC Slovan HTC Bratislava
1995 - 2002 HC Slovan Harvard Bratislava
2002 - 2004 HC Slovan Slovnaft Bratislava
2004 - present HC Slovan Bratislava
Current season

Hockey Club Slovan Bratislava (Slovak: Hokejový klub Slovan Bratislava) is a professional ice hockey club based in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2012, it 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. The team plays its home games at Ondrej Nepela Arena, also known as Slovnaft Arena. The team is nicknamed Belasí, which means the "sky blues" in English.


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". It played its first game in December 1924 against Wiener EV from Vienna, losing 6–1. In 1939, the name of the club was changed to Slovan Bratislava, which has been kept until today.[1]

For many years following World War II, Slovan was the only Slovak representative in the highest Czechoslovak league, and achieved several second-place finishes 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 over 19 years.[1]

In addition to the success achieved in Slovakia, Slovan also performed well internationally, with three Spengler Cup wins in a row in 1972, 1973 and 1974. It is also one of only four clubs to play all four seasons of the European Hockey League, progressing to the playoff stage each year. Another highlight was winning the IIHF Continental Cup in the 2003–04 season. From 2011 to 2013, Slovan participated in the European Trophy international pre-season tournament.[1]


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 a 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 a play-off spot in their first KHL season.[5] In the first play-off round, Slovan played against then-defending champion 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 was the seventh-highest average attendance in Europe that season.[6]


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]


While competing in the Czechoslovak league, Slovan's main rival was HK Dukla Trenčín. While competing in Slovak Extraliga, Slovan had various rivals around the country, most notably HC Košice and Trenčín.

In Slovan's first two seasons in the KHL, its biggest rival was Lev Prague. The rivalry started when, in their first game, HC Lev's Zdeno Chára body-checked Slovan's team captain Miroslav Šatan, after which Šatan was out of the lineup for the rest 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] However, Lev Praha folded after the 2013–14 season.

Season-by-season record[edit]

This is a partial list of the last seven 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
2015–16 60 21 11 4 24 89 154 148 3rd, Bobrov Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–4 (CSKA Moscow)
2016–17 60 22 7 5 26 85 144 166 4th, Bobrov Did not qualify



Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

Slovak Hockey League

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

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


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


Current roster[edit]

Source: hcslovan.sk[10]Source: eliteprospects.com[11]Source: khl.ru[12]As of February 16, 2017

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
5 Slovakia Bačík, PatrikPatrik Bačík D L 22 2015 Bratislava, Slovakia
51 Slovakia Švarný, IvanIvan Švarný D L 32 2015 Nitra, Slovakia
47 Czech Republic Buchtele, JanJan Buchtele C L 27 2017 [[]], Czechoslovakia
70 Czech Republic Smoleňák, RadekRadek Smoleňák LW L 30 2016 Praha, Czechoslovakia
22 United States Ebert, NickNick Ebert D R 23 2017 New Jersey, United States
55 Canada Barker, CamCam Barker D L 31 2017 Winnipeg, Canada
40 Slovakia Ručkay, JakubJakub Ručkay RW L 33 2017 Piešťany, Czechoslovakia
83 Czech Republic Kašpar, LukášLukáš Kašpar LW L 31 2017 Most, Czech Republic
26 Czech Republic Řepík, MichalMichal Řepík LW R 28 2017 Vlašim, Czech Republic
30 Czech Republic Štěpánek, JakubJakub Štěpánek G L 31 2017 Vsetín, Czechoslovakia
39 Czech Republic Mazanec, MarekMarek Mazanec G R 26 2017 Písek, Czechoslovakia
80 Slovakia Hrnka, TomášTomáš Hrnka C L 25 2017 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
32 Slovakia Janus, JaroslavJaroslav Janus G L 28 2017 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
27 Israel Sherbatov, EliezerEliezer Sherbatov LW L 25 2017 Rehovot, Israel
94 Canada Genoway, ColbyColby Genoway C R 33 2017 Manitoba, Canada
Canada Després, SimonSimon Després Injured Reserve D L 26 2017 Quebec, Canada
71 Slovakia Mikúš, JurajJuraj Mikúš C R 30 2017 Skalica, Czechoslovakia
72 Slovakia Kozák, LukášLukáš Kozák D R 25 2017 Martin, Czechoslovakia
83 Slovakia Hlinka, MichalMichal Hlinka C L 24 2016 Trenčín,Czechoslovakia
56 Finland Taimi, TommiTommi Taimi D R 27 2017 Pori, Finland
16 Slovakia Meszároš, AndrejAndrej Meszároš (C) D L 31 2015 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
8 Slovakia Sersen, MichalMichal Sersen D L 31 2012 Gelnica, Czechoslovakia
12 Slovakia Sadecký, BorisBoris Sadecký C L 20 2016 Trenčín, Slovakia
28 Slovakia Skalický, PavolPavol Skalický C R 21 2017 Gelnica, Czechoslovakia
59 Slovakia Šťastný, AndrejAndrej Šťastný C L 26 2012 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
25 Slovakia Viedenský, MarekMarek Viedenský C R 27 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


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, Ontario, 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


  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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