Slovakia men's national ice hockey team

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Slovakia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Repre, Chlapci (Boys), Naši chlapci (Our Boys)
Association Slovak Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Miroslav Šatan
Head coach Craig Ramsay
Assistants Vladimír Országh
Captain Vladimír Dravecký
Most games Miroslav Šatan (175)1
Top scorer Miroslav Šatan (85)1
Most points Miroslav Šatan (162)1
Home stadium Zimný Štadión Ondreja Nepelu
Team colors               
IIHF code SVK
Slovak national team jerseys 2014.png
Ranking
Current IIHF 11 Decrease3
Highest IIHF 3 (2004)
Lowest IIHF 11 (2017)
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 24 (first in 1994)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg (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 Miroslav Šatan and their head coach is Craig Ramsay.

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 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 Slovakia Július Šupler Peter Šťastný 6th
Japan1998 Nagano 4 1 0 1 0 1 11 13 Slovakia Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger 10th
United States 2002 Salt Lake City 4 1 0 2 0 1 15 13 Slovakia Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan 13th
Italy 2006 Turin 6 5 0 0 0 1 19 11 Slovakia František Hossa Pavol Demitra roster 5th
Canada 2010 Vancouver 7 3 1 0 3 22 18 Slovakia 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
Germany France 2017 Cologne, Paris 7 0 1 2 4 12 28 Zdeno Cíger Vladimír Dravecký Group stage 14th

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

At the 2016 edition, Slovakia was not represented. Instead 6 Slovak players were a part of Team Europe, which was lead by Slovak General Manager Miroslav Šatan.

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2017 IIHF World Championship.[1]

Head coach: Zdeno Cíger

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) September 7, 1992 (age 25) Czech Republic HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
6 F Cingeľ, LukášLukáš Cingeľ 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1992-10-06) October 6, 1992 (age 25) Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
8 D Sersen, MichalMichal Sersen 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1985-12-28) December 28, 1985 (age 31) Slovakia HC ’05 Banská Bystrica
9 F Skokan, DávidDávid Skokan 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1988-12-06) December 6, 1988 (age 29) Czech Republic Piráti Chomutov
11 D Čerešňák, PeterPeter Čerešňák 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1993-01-26) January 26, 1993 (age 24) Czech Republic HC Plzeň
12 D Šedivý, EduardEduard Šedivý 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1992-01-04) January 4, 1992 (age 25) Slovakia HC Košice
18 F Kudrna, AndrejAndrej Kudrna 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1991-05-11) May 11, 1991 (age 26) Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
19 F Miklík, MichelMichel MiklíkA 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1982-07-31) July 31, 1982 (age 35) Finland JYP Jyväskylä
21 D Matoušek, TomášTomáš Matoušek 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1992-06-15) June 15, 1992 (age 25) Slovakia HC ’05 Banská Bystrica
22 F Dravecký, VladimírVladimír DraveckýC 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1985-06-03) June 3, 1985 (age 32) Czech Republic HC Oceláři Třinec
24 F Suja, JakubJakub Suja 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1988-11-01) November 1, 1988 (age 29) Slovakia HC Košice
26 D Mikuš, JurajJuraj MikušA 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1988-11-30) November 30, 1988 (age 29) Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
28 D Gernát, MartinMartin Gernát 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1993-04-11) April 11, 1993 (age 24) Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha
32 G Janus, JaroslavJaroslav Janus 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1989-09-21) September 21, 1989 (age 28) Czech Republic HC Litvínov
33 G Hudáček, JúliusJúlius Hudáček 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1988-08-09) August 9, 1988 (age 29) Sweden Örebro HK
42 D Zigo, TomášTomáš Zigo 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1992-04-11) April 11, 1992 (age 25) Slovakia HC ’05 Banská Bystrica
50 G Laco, JánJán Laco 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1981-12-01) December 1, 1981 (age 36) Czech Republic Piráti Chomutov
55 F Bližňák, MárioMário Bližňák 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1987-03-06) March 6, 1987 (age 30) Czech Republic HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
59 F Šťastný, AndrejAndrej Šťastný 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1991-01-24) January 24, 1991 (age 26) Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava
61 D Trška, PeterPeter Trška 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1992-06-01) June 1, 1992 (age 25) Czech Republic HC Kometa Brno
65 D Čajkovský, MichalMichal Čajkovský 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 (age 25) Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
79 F Hudáček, LiborLibor Hudáček 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1990-09-07) September 7, 1990 (age 27) Sweden Örebro HK
80 F Hrnka, TomášTomáš Hrnka 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1991-11-11) November 11, 1991 (age 26) Czech Republic HC Plzeň
82 F Skalický, PavolPavol Skalický 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1995-10-09) October 9, 1995 (age 22) Slovakia HC ’05 Banská Bystrica
87 F Haščák, MarcelMarcel Haščák 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1987-02-03) February 3, 1987 (age 30) Czech Republic HC Kometa Brno

2002 World Championship: Gold winning roster[edit]

Goalies
Defensemen
Forwards

2012 World Championship[edit]

Goalies
Defensemen
Forwards

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 2015–2017 14 2 2 2 8 27 51 .143
Craig Ramsay 2017–present 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
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 11 November 2017. Teams in italics are no longer actively competing.

Source:[3]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Austria 30 24 2 4 125 50 +75
 Belarus 30 16 1 13 80 60 +20
 Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 20 0 +20
 Canada 51 23 4 24 161 150 +11
 Croatia 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5
 Czech Republic 62 14 7 41 133 214 −82
 Denmark 16 11 0 5 66 33 +33
 Finland 32 7 3 22 62 98 −36
Finland Finland olympic 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1
 France 24 18 3 3 114 44 +70
 Germany 53 29 1 23 135 123 +12
 Great Britain 2 2 0 0 14 4 +10
 Hungary 8 6 0 2 50 19 +32
 Italy 18 13 1 4 75 43 +32
 Japan 5 5 0 0 39 12 +27
 Kazakhstan 9 7 1 1 42 15 +27
 Latvia 26 15 3 8 85 60 +25
 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 24 4 +20
 Norway 28 21 2 6 111 56 +54
 Poland 6 5 1 0 36 10 +26
 Romania 4 4 0 0 39 3 +36
 Russia 31 9 5 17 79 97 −18
Russia "U23" 2 1 0 1 7 5 +2
 Slovenia 11 9 0 2 42 18 +24
  Switzerland 64 26 7 31 154 144 +10
 Sweden 34 10 3 21 77 106 −29
 Ukraine 10 9 1 0 49 18 +31
 United States 24 9 3 12 59 82 −23
 Russia B 3 1 0 2 10 13 −3
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 596 300 49 246 1907 1509 +396
  • Overtime and penalty shots victories and losses are counted towards wins/losses.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2017 IIHF World Championship 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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