Slovakia men's national ice hockey team

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Slovakia
Shirt badge/Association crest
The Coat of arms of Slovakia is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Association Slovak Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Róbert Švehla
Head coach Zdeno Cíger
Captain Tomáš Kopecký/Zdeno Chára
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)
243–180–53
Medal record
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Sweden Team
Silver medal – second place 2000 Russia Team
Silver medal – second place 2012 Finland/Sweden Team
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Finland Team
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.

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Games GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Roster Finish
1920–1990 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
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
Finland 2003 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 9 7 0 1 0 1 45 17 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan 3rd Place Game 3rd
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 CanadaGlen Hanlon Richard Lintner Second round 12th
Slovakia 2011 Bratislava, Košice 6 2 0 0 4 16 15 CanadaGlen 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
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

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

All-time record[edit]

The following table shows Slovakia's international record from 1940 – 1945 and since 1993, correct as of 7 February 2015.

Source:[1]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Austria 29 23 2 4 123 50 +73
 Belarus 25 14 1 10 66 41 +25
 Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 20 0 +20
 Canada 49 22 4 23 157 142 +15
 Czech Republic 58 13 7 38 126 206 −80
 Denmark 12 8 0 4 55 26 +29
 Finland 28 6 3 19 59 85 −26
 France 22 16 3 3 103 42 +61
 Germany 49 27 1 21 126 114 +12
 Great Britain 2 2 0 0 14 4 +10
 Hungary 7 5 0 2 46 18 +28
 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 23 15 3 5 81 49 +32
 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 24 4 +20
 Norway 26 19 2 5 103 51 +52
 Poland 6 5 1 0 36 10 +26
 Romania 4 4 0 0 39 3 +36
 Russia 29 9 5 15 77 88 −11
 Slovenia 10 8 0 2 39 17 +23
  Switzerland 60 25 7 28 146 134 +12
 Sweden 31 9 3 19 69 97 −28
 Ukraine 10 9 1 0 49 18 +31
 United States 20 7 3 10 49 68 −19
Finland Finland olympic 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1
 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 535 273 49 213 1765 1354 +421
  • Overtime and penalty shots victories and losses are counted towards wins/losses.

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for 2015 IIHF World Championship.[2]

Head coach: Vladimír Vůjtek

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
3 D Jánošík, AdamAdam Jánošík 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1992-09-07)7 September 1992 (aged 22) Slovakia HC Košice
7 D Baranka, IvanIvan Baranka 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1985-05-19)19 May 1985 (aged 29) Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava
8 D Sersen, MichalMichal Sersen 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1985-12-28)28 December 1985 (aged 29) Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava
12 F Gáborík, MariánMarián Gáborík 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1982-02-14)14 February 1982 (aged 33) United States Los Angeles Kings
13 F Jurčo, TomášTomáš Jurčo 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1992-12-28)28 December 1992 (aged 22) 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 (aged 29) United States Buffalo Sabres
19 F Miklík, MichelMichel Miklík 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1982-07-31)31 July 1982 (aged 32) Russia Amur Khabarovsk
22 F Dravecký, VladimírVladimír Dravecký 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1985-06-03)3 June 1985 (aged 29) 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 (aged 24) Finland HPK
26 D Mikuš, JurajJuraj Mikuš 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1988-11-30)30 November 1988 (aged 26) Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
28 F Pánik, RichardRichard Pánik 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1991-02-07)7 February 1991 (aged 24) Canada Toronto Maple Leafs
42 G Konrád, BranislavBranislav Konrád 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1987-10-10)10 October 1987 (aged 27) Slovakia HC Dukla Trenčín
43 F Surový, TomášTomáš Surový 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1981-09-24)24 September 1981 (aged 33) Slovakia HC ’05 Banská Bystrica
50 G Laco, JánJán Laco 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1981-12-01)1 December 1981 (aged 33) Kazakhstan Barys Astana
51 D Graňák, DominikDominik GraňákA 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1983-06-11)11 June 1983 (aged 31) Switzerland HC Fribourg-Gottéron
55 F Bližňák, MárioMário Bližňák 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1987-03-06)6 March 1987 (aged 28) Czech Republic HC Plzeň
56 F Daňo, MarkoMarko Daňo 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-11-30)30 November 1994 (aged 20) United States Chicago Blackhawks
61 F Bartovič, MilanMilan BartovičA 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1981-04-09)9 April 1981 (aged 34) Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava
68 D Jurčina, MilanMilan Jurčina 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 110 kg (240 lb) (1983-06-07)7 June 1983 (aged 31) Latvia Dinamo Riga
71 D Ďaloga, MarekMarek Ďaloga 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1989-03-10)10 March 1989 (aged 26) Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
79 F Hudáček, LiborLibor Hudáček 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1990-09-07)7 September 1990 (aged 24) Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava
82 F Kopecký, TomášTomáš KopeckýC 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1982-02-05)5 February 1982 (aged 33) United States Florida Panthers
88 G Hudáček, JúliusJúlius Hudáček 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1988-08-09)9 August 1988 (aged 26) Sweden Örebro
90 F Tatar, TomášTomáš Tatar 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1990-12-01)1 December 1990 (aged 24) United States Detroit Red Wings
97 F Lušňák, PatrikPatrik Lušňák 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1988-11-06)6 November 1988 (aged 26) Belarus Yunost Minsk

2002 World Championship[edit]

Goalies[edit]

Defensemen[edit]

Forwards[edit]

2012 World Championship[edit]

Goalies[edit]

Defensemen[edit]

Forwards[edit]

2015 World Championship[edit]

Goalies[edit]

Defensemen[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Source: [1] [2]

As of 11 Nov 2013

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:[3]

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 —
Notes
  1. ^ Managed the team during 2004 World Cup of Hockey

As of after the 2015 World Championship.

Retired numbers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SLOVENSKO verzus SVET" (in Slovak). SZLH. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  2. ^ 2015 Roster
  3. ^ "Slovenských hokejistov povedie Čech Vladimír Vůjtek" (in Slovak). 17 August 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 

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