HC Slovan Bratislava

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HC Slovan Bratislava
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NicknameBelasí (the Sky Blues), Orli (the Eagles)
CityBratislava, Slovakia
LeagueKontinental Hockey League
Home arenaSlovnaft Arena
(capacity: 10,055)
Owner(s)Juraj Široký
PresidentJuraj Široký
Head coachVladimír Országh
CaptainMichal Sersen
Affiliate(s)HC ’05 Banská Bystrica (Slovak Extraliga)
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Franchise history
1921 - 19391. ČsŠK Bratislava
1939 - 1948Slovan Bratislava
1949 - 1952Sokol NV Bratislava
1953 - 1992Slovan ChZJD Bratislava
1993 - 1994HC Slovan Bratislava
1994 - 1995HC Slovan HTC Bratislava
1995 - 2002HC Slovan Harvard Bratislava
2002 - 2004HC Slovan Slovnaft Bratislava
2004 - presentHC 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 eight 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
2017–18 56 15 3 7 31 58 119 187 5th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2018–19 62 10 5 3 44 33 101 213 6th, 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 Cup

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 17, 2019.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
5 Slovakia Patrik Bačík D L 24 2015 Bratislava, Slovakia
25 United States Casey Bailey RW R 27 2018 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
97 Slovakia Dávid Buc LW L 32 2018 Poprad, Czechoslovakia
24 Canada Kyle Chipchura C L 33 2018 Westlock, Alberta, Canada
7 Slovakia Mário Grman D R 21 2018 Topolcany, Slovakia
80 Slovakia Tomáš Hrnka C L 27 2017 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
3 Slovakia Adam Jánošík D L 26 2018 Spišská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia
14 Slovenia Žiga Jeglič C R 31 2018 Kranj, Slovenia
71 Slovakia Milos Kelemen RW L 19 2018 Zvolen, Slovakia
31 Czech Republic Lukáš Klok D L 23 2018 Ostrava, Czech Republic
63 Slovakia Patrik Lamper LW L 26 2017 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
23 Slovakia Adam Liška LW L 19 2018 Bratislava, Slovakia
47 Slovakia Mário Lunter RW L 24 2018 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
16 Slovakia Andrej Meszároš (A) D L 33 2016 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
17 United States Chad Rau C R 32 2018 Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
8 Slovakia Michal Sersen (C) D L 33 2012 Gelnica, Czechoslovakia
92 Slovakia Eduard Šimun C L 24 2018 Topolcany, Slovakia
96 Slovakia Marek Sloboda RW L 21 2017 Bratislava, Slovakia
30 Czech Republic Jakub Štěpánek G L 32 2017 Vsetín, Czechoslovakia
19 Slovakia Matúš Sukeľ C L 23 2018 Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
51 Slovakia Ivan Švarný D L 34 2015 Nitra, Czechoslovakia
20 United States Jeff Taffe C L 38 2018 Hastings, Minnesota, United States

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. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012.
  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 2019-01-28.
  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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