Slovakia men's national ice hockey team

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Slovakia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Slovak Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Róbert Švehla
Head coach Zdeno Cíger
Assistants Ernest Bokroš
Miroslav Miklošovič
Captain Andrej Sekera
Most games Miroslav Šatan (175)1
Top scorer Miroslav Šatan (85)1
Most points Miroslav Šatan (162)1
Home stadium Zimný Štadión Ondreja Nepelu
IIHF code SVK
IIHF ranking 8 Steady
Highest IIHF ranking 3 (2004)
Lowest IIHF ranking 10 (2011)
Team colors               
Slovak national team jerseys 2014.png
First international
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Bohemia 12–0 Slovakia Slovakia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
Biggest win
 Slovakia 20–0 Bulgaria 
(Poprad, Slovakia; 18 March 1994)2
Biggest defeat
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Bohemia 12–0 Slovakia Slovakia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 20 (first in 1994)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg Gold(2002)
Olympics
Appearances 6 (first in 1994)
International record (W–L–T)
285-233-49
Medal record
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 2000 Russia
Silver medal – second place 2012 Finland/Sweden
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Finland
Slovakia hockey logo

The Slovak men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Slovakia and is controlled by the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. As of March 2010, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the world governing body of hockey, ranks them as the seventh strongest national team in the world. It is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world. The team's general manager is Róbert Švehla and their head coach is Zdeno Cíger.

In the last sixteen years, Slovakia has won four medals at the World Championships, including a gold medal in 2002 in Sweden. In winter Olympic games, Slovakia's highest achievement is 4th place in Vancouver 2010. In the tournament they won against favourites Russia and Sweden, and lost against Canada in the semifinals and against Finland in the bronze medal game.

History[edit]

The Slovak national team was formed following the breakup of Czechoslovakia, as the country was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For years, the Czechs kept control over how the national team was run, and even had quotas instituted to ensure a minimal participation of Slovak players on the Czechoslovak national team.[citation needed] While the Czechs were allowed to compete at the highest pool (A), the IIHF ruled that because fewer players of the former Czechoslovak team were Slovaks, Slovakia would be required to start international play in Pool C. However, Slovakia's play in the lower pools won it promotion to pool A by 1996. See also Post-Cold War period of the IIHF world championships.

In the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Slovak team was unable to use its National Hockey League (NHL) players in the preliminary round due to a scheduling conflict. This affected all of the smaller countries, but devastated the Slovak team as most of their players were coming from NHL teams. The NHL had decided to only allow their players to participate in the final medal round, and thus Slovakia failed to qualify finishing a disappointing 13th. This turn of events was troubling to the entire hockey community, and the rules were changed for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Slovak national team members and notable players include Marián Gáborík of the Los Angeles Kings; Marián Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks; Marcel Hossa; Miroslav Šatan; star goaltender of the New York Islanders Jaroslav Halák and the tallest player in NHL history, Zdeno Chára. In the late 1990s, the St. Louis Blues placed Ľuboš Bartečko, Michal Handzuš, and Pavol Demitra on the same line. This trio became known as the "Slovak Pack," and were able to communicate in their native language without the opposition knowing what they were saying, unless of course they also spoke/understood Slovak.

Following the successful years for the Slovaks in the early 2000s at the World Championship, when they won the silver in St. Petersburg at the 2000 edition after a loss to the Czechs, winning the (so far) only title in Goteburg at the 2002 edition and securing bronze in Helsinki (2003), the results of Slovak national team worsened and Slovakia began to drop out in the quarterfinals. The closest Slovakia came to a relegation into Division I was in 2008, when they avoided relegation only thanks to two victories over Slovenia in the Relegation Round. Following was a series of three subsequent eliminations in the Qualifying Round (Round of 12), including one at a 2011 edition Slovakia hosted in Bratislava and Košice for the first time, since dissolution of Czechoslovakia.

Largely unexpected however, was Slovak silver medal in the 2012 edition, again won in Helsinki. This was the first tournament after the introduction of the new two group format, followed by the quarterfinals. Due to the surprise this medal was after number of unsuccessful tournaments, it was by many regarded as with a value of a triumphal gold. In the following years however, Slovakia again failed to repeat medal successes and even failed to qualify to the quarterfinals, with the exception of 2013.

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Games GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Roster Finish
1920–1992 Part of Czechoslovakia
Norway1994 Lillehammer 8 4 0 2 1 1 35 29 Július Šupler Peter Šťastný 6th
Japan1998 Nagano 4 1 0 1 0 1 11 13 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger 10th
United States 2002 Salt Lake City 4 1 0 2 0 1 15 13 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan 13th
Italy 2006 Turin 6 5 0 0 0 1 19 11 František Hossa Pavol Demitra roster 5th
Canada 2010 Vancouver 7 3 1 0 3 22 18 Ján Filc Zdeno Chára roster 4th
Russia 2014 Sochi 4 0 0 1 3 5 16 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Zdeno Chára roster 11th

World Championship[edit]

Lower divisions[edit]

Division Championship GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
C1 Slovakia 1994 Poprad, Spišská Nová Ves 6 4 2 0 43 3 Július Šupler Oto Haščák Winner, Promoted 1st
B Slovakia 1995 Bratislava 7 7 0 0 60 15 Július Šupler Peter Šťastný Winner, Promoted 1st

Top division[edit]

Championship GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
19201992 Part of Czechoslovakia
Austria 1996 Vienna 5 1 1 3 13 16 Július Šupler Oto Haščák Group Round 10th
Finland 1997 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 8 3 1 4 20 23 Jozef Golonka Zdeno Cíger Consolation Round 9th
Switzerland 1998 Basel, Zürich 6 2 2 2 11 12 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger Second round 7th
Norway 1999 Oslo, Hamar, Lillehammer 6 2 1 3 22 21 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger Second round 7th
Russia 2000 St. Petersburg 9 5 0 1 0 3 34 22 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan Final 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Germany 2001 Nuremberg, Cologne, Hanover 7 3 0 0 0 4 20 18 Ján Filc Zdeno Chára Quarter-finals 7th
Sweden 2002 Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jönköping 9 7 1 0 0 1 37 22 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan Champions 1st, gold medalist(s)
Finland 2003 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 9 7 0 1 0 1 45 17 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan 3rd Place Game 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Czech Republic 2004 Prague, Ostrava 9 5 0 2 1 1 24 9 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan 3rd Place Game 4th
Austria 2005 Vienna, Innsbruck 7 4 0 1 0 2 19 17 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals 5th
Latvia 2006 Riga 7 3 0 1 0 3 26 14 František Hossa Marián Hossa Quarter-finals 8th
Russia 2007 Moscow 7 3 0 0 4 24 23 Július Šupler Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals 6th
Canada 2008 Quebec City, Halifax 5 2 1 0 2 18 12 Július Šupler Róbert Petrovický Relegation Round 13th
Switzerland 2009 Bern, Kloten 6 1 1 2 2 12 24 Ján Filc Ľuboš Bartečko Second round 10th
Germany 2010 Cologne, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen 6 2 0 0 4 13 19 Canada Glen Hanlon Richard Lintner Second round 12th
Slovakia 2011 Bratislava, Košice 6 2 0 0 4 16 15 Canada Glen Hanlon Pavol Demitra Second round 10th
Finland Sweden 2012 Helsinki, Stockholm 10 7 0 0 3 30 23 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Zdeno Chára Final 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Sweden Finland 2013 Stockholm, Helsinki 8 3 0 1 4 22 20 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals 8th
Belarus 2014 Minsk 7 3 0 1 3 20 21 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Miroslav Šatan Group stage 9th
Czech Republic 2015 Prague, Ostrava 7 1 2 2 2 17 19 Czech Republic Vladimír Vůjtek Tomáš Kopecký Group stage 9th
Russia 2016 Moscow, St. Petersburg 7 2 1 0 4 15 23 Zdeno Cíger Andrej Sekera Group stage 9th

World Cup[edit]

Year GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
1996 3 0 0 3 9 19 Július Šupler Round 1 7th
2004 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 18 Ján Filc Quarter-finals 8th

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for 2016 IIHF World Championship.[1]

Head coach: Zdeno Cíger

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
2 D Sekera, AndrejAndrej SekeraC 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 30) Canada Edmonton Oilers
8 D Sersen, MichalMichal SersenA 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1985-12-28) 28 December 1985 (age 30) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
10 F Réway, MartinMartin RéwayA 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 79 kg (174 lb) (1995-01-24) 24 January 1995 (age 21) Switzerland HC Fribourg-Gottéron
13 F Jurčo, TomášTomáš Jurčo 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1992-12-28) 28 December 1992 (age 23) United States Detroit Red Wings
14 D Meszároš, AndrejAndrej Meszároš 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1985-10-13) 13 October 1985 (age 30) Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
15 D Švarný, IvanIvan Švarný 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1984-10-31) 31 October 1984 (age 31) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
21 F Cehlárik, PeterPeter Cehlárik 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 21) Sweden Luleå HF
22 F Dravecký, VladimírVladimír Dravecký 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 31) Czech Republic HC Oceláři Třinec
25 F Viedenský, MarekMarek Viedenský 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1990-08-18) 18 August 1990 (age 26) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
26 D Mikuš, JurajJuraj Mikuš 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1988-11-30) 30 November 1988 (age 27) Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
28 F Skalický, PavolPavol Skalický 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 20) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
30 G Baroš, SamuelSamuel Baroš 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 22) Slovakia HKm Zvolen
33 G Hudáček, JúliusJúlius Hudáček 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 (age 28) Sweden Örebro HK
41 F Lušňák, PatrikPatrik Lušňák 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1988-11-06) 6 November 1988 (age 27) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
42 G Konrád, BranislavBranislav Konrád 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1987-10-10) 10 October 1987 (age 28) Czech Republic HC Olomouc
51 D Graňák, DominikDominik Graňák 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1983-06-11) 11 June 1983 (age 33) Sweden Rögle BK
52 D Marinčin, MartinMartin Marinčin 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 24) Canada Toronto Maple Leafs
56 F Daňo, MarkoMarko Daňo 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 21) Canada Winnipeg Jets
59 F Šťastný, AndrejAndrej Šťastný 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1991-01-24) 24 January 1991 (age 25) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
61 F Bartánus, MarekMarek Bartánus 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1987-02-13) 13 February 1987 (age 29) Slovakia HC Košice
62 D Jaroš, ChristiánChristián Jaroš 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 20) Sweden Luleå HF
65 F Marcinko, TomášTomáš Marcinko 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1988-04-11) 11 April 1988 (age 28) Czech Republic HC Pardubice
79 F Hudáček, LiborLibor Hudáček 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 25) Sweden Örebro HK
80 F Hrnka, TomášTomáš Hrnka 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1991-11-11) 11 November 1991 (age 24) Slovakia HC Košice
83 F Bakoš, MartinMartin Bakoš 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 26) Czech Republic HC Bílí Tygři Liberec

2002 World Championship: Gold winning roster[edit]

Goalies[edit]

Defensemen[edit]

Forwards[edit]

2012 World Championship[edit]

Goalies[edit]

Defensemen[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Source: [1] [2]

As of 12 May 2015

Players in bold are still active.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; GPG = Goal per game;

Head coaches[edit]

This table shows all Slovakia national team head coaches and their record at the IIHF World Championships, World Cup of Hockey and Winter Olympic Games.

Source:[2]

Name Years G W OW T OL L GF GA W%
Július Šupler 1993–1996 29 16 0 5 1 7 160 92 .552
Jozef Golonka 1996–1997 8 3 0 1 0 4 20 23 .375
Ján Šterbák 1997–1999 16 5 0 4 0 7 44 46 .313
Ján Filc 1999–2002 29 16 1 3 0 9 106 75 .552
František Hossa 2002–2006 38 24 0 5 1 8 133 68 .632
Ján Filc[note 1] 2004 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 18 .000
Július Šupler 2006–2008 12 5 1 0 6 42 35 .417
Ján Filc 2008–2010 13 4 2 2 5 34 42 .308
Glen Hanlon 2010–2011 12 4 0 0 8 29 34 .333
Vladimír Vůjtek 2011–2015 36 14 2 5 15 94 99 .389
Zdeno Cíger 2015–present 7 2 1 0 4 15 23 .286
Notes
  1. ^ Managed the team during 2004 World Cup of Hockey

As of after the 2015 World Championship.

Retired numbers[edit]

All-time record[edit]

The following table shows Slovakia's international record from 1940 – 1945 and since 1993, correct as of 22 May 2016. Teams in italics are no longer actively competing.

Source:[3]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Austria 29 23 2 4 123 50 +73
 Belarus 29 16 1 12 79 53 +26
 Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 20 0 +20
 Canada 50 22 4 24 157 147 +10
 Croatia 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5
 Czech Republic 60 13 7 40 129 212 −83
 Denmark 13 9 0 4 59 29 +30
 Finland 30 6 3 21 59 93 −34
Finland Finland olympic 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1
 France 23 17 3 3 108 43 +65
 Germany 50 27 1 22 127 119 +8
 Great Britain 2 2 0 0 14 4 +10
 Hungary 8 6 0 2 50 19 +32
 Italy 17 12 1 4 72 41 +31
 Japan 5 5 0 0 39 12 +27
 Kazakhstan 9 7 1 1 42 15 +27
 Latvia 25 15 3 7 84 57 +27
 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 24 4 +20
 Norway 27 19 2 6 105 54 +51
 Poland 6 5 1 0 36 10 +26
 Romania 4 4 0 0 39 3 +36
 Russia 30 9 5 16 79 91 −12
 Slovenia 11 9 0 2 42 18 +24
  Switzerland 60 25 7 28 146 134 +12
 Sweden 33 10 3 20 75 102 −27
 Ukraine 10 9 1 0 49 18 +31
 United States 22 8 3 11 56 75 −19
 Russia B 2 1 0 1 8 9 −1
Sweden Sweden Vikings 2 0 0 2 5 8 −3
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia 1 0 0 1 0 12 −12
Vienna Wiener EG 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Switzerland B 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Yugoslavia 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
 Croatia 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5
Bucharest Bucharest 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
Total 567 285 49 233 1841 1440 +401
  • Overtime and penalty shots victories and losses are counted towards wins/losses.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2016 roster
  2. ^ "Slovenských hokejistov povedie Čech Vladimír Vůjtek" (in Slovak). 17 August 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "SLOVENSKO verzus SVET" (in Slovak). SZLH. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

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