Ladislav Ščurko

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Ladislav Ščurko
Born (1986-04-04) April 4, 1986 (age 31)
Gelnica, CS
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
1HL team
Former teams
HC 46 Bardejov
HC Košice
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 170th overall, 2004
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2007–2009
2011–present

Ladislav Ščurko (born April 4, 1986 in Gelnica) is a Slovak professional ice hockey center who currently plays for HC 46 Bardejov of the Slovak 1.Liga. He previously played for HC Košice of the Slovak Extraliga until he confessed to the murder of a referee in 2009.

Playing career[edit]

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.

Murder[edit]

Ladislav Ščurko
Born Ladislav Ščurko
(1986-04-04) April 4, 1986 (age 31)
Gelnica
Criminal penalty Eight years' imprisonment
Conviction(s) Murder
Killings
Victims 1 killed (Marek Liptaj)
Span of killings
January 2008–
Country Slovakia
Date apprehended
April 23, 2009; 8 years ago (2009-04-23)

On April 23, 2009, Ščurko confessed to the murder of referee Marek Liptaj in January 2008 at a motorway service area near Kosice.[1] He admitted that he killed Liptaj by stabbing him fourteen times with a knife.[1] Liptaj's body was hastily buried in a forest.[1] No motive has been revealed yet, but police say the crime was not premeditated.[2]

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.

First imprisonment[edit]

He served his first sentence from April 2009 to November 2011.

Life after the first release[edit]

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.

Second imprisonment[edit]

Ščurko served the rest of his sentence from September 2014 to December 2015 and was finally conditionally released before Christmas in 2015.

Playing career after the second release[edit]

He signed a contract with HC 46 Bardejov, which plays in the second-level ice hockey league in Slovakia, only one week after the release. He played his first game for HC 46 Bardejov on December 22, 2015.


Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2004–05 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 67 18 25 43 40 12 5 1 6 10
2005–06 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 64 17 26 43 41 7 2 4 6 2
2006–07 Tri-City Americans WHL 12 4 6 10 18
2007–08 HC Košice SVK 32 0 2 2 30
2007–08 HK VTJ Trebišov SVK-2 17 7 4 11 48
2008–09 HC Košice SVK 52 7 5 12 38
SVK totals 84 7 7 14 68
WHL totals 143 39 57 96 99 19 7 5 12 12

International[edit]

Ladislav Ščurko
Medal record
Representing  Slovakia
Men's ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Yaroslavl
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Slovakia Jr. WJC U18 7 0 2 2 2
2004 Slovakia Jr. WJC U18 6 0 3 3 6
2005 Slovakia Jr. WJC 6 0 0 0 6
2006 Slovakia Jr. WJC 6 2 0 2 16

Records[edit]

  • Seattle Thunderbirds' franchise record for longest point streak: 9 games (12 points, from 11 December 2004 to 12 January 2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Panaccio, Tim (2009-04-24). "Flyers Prospect Accused of Murder". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  2. ^ "HC Kosice Player Confesses to Murder of Referee". 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 

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