Slovenia men's national ice hockey team

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Slovenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
The official logo of the Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia.
Nickname(s) Risi (The Lynx)
Association Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia
Head coach Ivo Jan
Assistants Edo Terglav
Nik Zupančič
Captain Jan Urbas
Most games Tomaž Razingar (212)
Most points Tomaž Vnuk (171)
Team colors               
IIHF code SLO
Slovenia national hockey team jerseys 2015.png
Ranking
Current IIHF 15 Steady
Highest IIHF 12 (2014)
Lowest IIHF 19 (2010)
First international
 Austria 1–0 Slovenia 
(Klagenfurt, Austria; 20 March 1992)
Biggest win
 Slovenia 29–0 South Africa 
(Ljubljana, Slovenia; 15 March 1993)
Biggest defeat
 Finland 12–0 Slovenia 
(Tampere, Finland; 28 April 2003)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 26 (first in 2002)
Best result 13th (2002 and 2005)
Olympics
Appearances 2 (first in 2014)

The Slovenian men's national ice hockey team is controlled by the Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia. The team is currently ranked 15th in the world by the International Ice Hockey Federation as of the 2018 IIHF World Ranking. Their best record is 13th place at the Ice Hockey World Championships, while their highest IIHF ranking is 12th place.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Six players from Slovenia have been drafted into the NHL since 1998; Anže Kopitar and Jan Muršak have played in the league.[8]

History[edit]

Slovenian players at the 2008 World Championship, where they finished fifteenth.

As a member of Yugoslavia, Slovenia had been a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since 1939 and participated in several World Championships and five Winter Olympics. Many of the players on the Yugoslav national team came from Slovenia: from 1939, when Yugoslavia first played a World Championship, to 1991 when it was broken up, 91% of all players on the national team were Slovene, and the entire roster for the team at the 1984 Winter Olympics, held in the Yugoslav city of Sarajevo were from Slovenia.[9]

Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, and joined the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in 1992 along with Croatia and several former Soviet republics. They first played as an independent nation at the 1993 World Championship, hosting the Group C tournament, the lowest tier.[10] They reached the elite division for the first time in 2002 IIHF World Championship. They played at their first Winter Olympics at the 2014 Sochi Games.[11]

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Round Position GP W OW OL L GS GA
1964–1984 Part of Yugoslavia
France 1992 Did not enter
Norway 1994
Japan 1998 Did not qualify
United States 2002
Italy 2006
Canada 2010
Russia 2014 Quarterfinals 7th 5 2 0 0 3 10 16
South Korea 2018 Playoffs 9th 4 0 2 1 1 9 14
China 2022 To be determined
Total 2/7 0 Titles 9 2 2 1 4 19 30

World Championship[edit]

Championship GP W OW T OL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
19201992 Part of Yugoslavia
Croatia Slovenia 1993 Zagreb and Ljubljana, Pool C 2 2 0 0 0 0 22 3 Rudi Hiti 5th in Pool C 25th
Slovakia 1994 Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves, Pool C 6 2 0 0 0 4 26 27 Rudi Hiti 5th in Pool C 25th
Bulgaria 1995 Sofia, Pool C 4 2 0 0 0 2 28 15 Rudi Hiti 7th in Pool C 27th
Slovenia 1996 Jesenice and Kranj, Pool C 7 5 0 2 0 1 41 19 Russia Vladimir Krikunov 3rd in Pool C 22nd
Estonia 1997 Tallinn and Kohtla-Järve, Pool C 6 3 0 2 0 1 27 11 Pavle Kavčič 2nd in Pool C 22nd
Slovenia 1998 Ljubljana and Jesenice, Pool B 7 5 0 1 0 1 28 15 Pavle Kavčič 2nd in Pool B 18th
Denmark 1999 Odense and Rodovre, Pool B 7 2 0 1 0 4 14 17 Pavle Kavčič 5th in Pool B 21st
Poland 2000 Katowice and Krakow, Pool B 7 0 0 2 0 5 16 31 Rudi Hiti 7th in Pool B 23rd
Slovenia 2001 Ljubljana, Division IB 5 4 0 1 0 0 44 6 Matjaž Sekelj Winner, Promoted 17th
Sweden 2002 Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jönköping 6 3 0 0 0 3 18 26 Matjaž Sekelj Consolation Round 13th
Finland 2003 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 6 0 0 1 0 5 12 37 Matjaž Sekelj Consolation Round 15th
Poland 2004 Gdańsk, Division IB 5 5 0 0 0 0 33 5 Finland Kari Savolainen Winner, Promoted 17th
Austria 2005 Vienna, Innsbruck 6 2 0 0 0 4 12 32 Finland Kari Savolainen Relegation round 13th
Latvia 2006 Riga 6 0 0 2 0 4 14 26 Czech Republic František Výborný Relegation round 16th
Slovenia 2007 Ljubljana, Division IB 5 5 0 0 0 29 5 United States Ted Sator Marcel Rodman Winner, Promoted 17th
Canada 2008 Quebec City, Halifax 5 0 0 0 5 6 22 Sweden Mats Waltin Relegation Round 15th
Lithuania 2009 Vilnius, Division IA 5 4 0 0 1 21 7 United States John Harrington Promoted, 2nd 19th
Slovenia 2010 Ljubljana, Division IB 5 4 1 0 0 29 10 United States John Harrington Tomaž Razingar Winner, Promoted 18th
Slovakia 2011 Bratislava, Košice 6 1 0 1 4 15 24 Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Relegation round 16th
Slovenia 2012 Ljubljana, Division IA 5 5 0 0 0 17 9 Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Winner, Promoted 17th
Sweden Finland 2013 Stockholm, Helsinki 7 0 0 2 5 12 27 Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Group stage 16th
South Korea 2014 Goyang, Division IA 5 4 0 0 1 15 6 Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Winner, Promoted 17th
Czech Republic 2015 Prague, Ostrava 7 1 0 0 6 9 22 Matjaž Kopitar Tomaž Razingar Group stage 16th
Poland 2016 Katowice, Division IA 5 4 0 0 1 18 8 Nik Zupančič Jan Urbas Winner, Promoted 17th
Germany France 2017 Cologne, Paris 7 0 0 1 6 13 36 Nik Zupančič Jan Muršak Group stage 15th
Hungary 2018 Budapest, Division IA 5 2 0 0 3 15 15 Kari Savolainen Jan Urbas 5th in Division IA 21st

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The following is the Slovenian roster for the men's ice hockey tournament at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[12]

Head coach: Finland Kari Savolainen     Assistant coaches: Slovenia Nik Zupančič, Slovenia Edo Terglav

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace 2017–18 team
8 F Žiga Jeglič 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 24 February 1988 Kranj, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (KHL)
12 F David Rodman 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 10 September 1983 Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia France Brûleurs de Loups (Ligue Magnus)
14 D Matic Podlipnik 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 9 August 1992 Jesenice Czech Republic Energie Karlovy Vary (WSM Liga)
15 D Blaž Gregorc 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 18 January 1990 Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Czech Republic Mountfield HK (ELH)
16 F Aleš Mušič 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 28 June 1982 Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Hungary Alba Volán Székesfehérvár (EBEL)
17 D Žiga Pavlin 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 30 April 1985 Kranj, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Czech Republic Motor České Budějovice (WSM Liga)
18 F Ken Ograjenšek 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 30 August 1991 Celje Austria Graz 99ers (EBEL)
19 F Žiga Pance 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 1 January 1989 Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Austria Dornbirner EC (EBEL)
22 F Marcel Rodman 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 25 September 1981 Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Germany EC Bad Tolz (Oberliga)
23 D Luka Vidmar 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 17 May 1986 Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Hungary Alba Volán Székesfehérvár (EBEL)
24 F Rok TičarA 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 3 May 1989 Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Russia Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL)
26 F Jan Urbas 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 26 January 1989 Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Germany Fischtown Pinguins (DEL)
28 D Aleš Kranjc 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 29 July 1983 Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Germany ETC Crimmitschau (DEL2)
32 G Gašper Krošelj 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 9 February 1987 Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Denmark Rødovre Mighty Bulls (Metal Ligaen)
39 F Jan MuršakC 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 20 January 1988 Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Sweden Frolunda HC (SHL)
40 G Luka Gračnar 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 31 October 1993 Jesenice Austria EC Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL)
51 D Mitja RobarA 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 4 January 1983 Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Austria EC KAC (EBEL)
55 F Robert Sabolič 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 18 September 1988 Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Russia Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod (KHL)
61 D Jurij Repe 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 17 September 1994 Kranj Czech Republic Rytiri Kladno (WSM Liga)
69 G Matija Pintarič 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 11 August 1989 Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia France Rouen Dragons (Ligue Magnus)
71 F Boštjan Goličič 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 12 June 1989 Kranj, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia France Brûleurs de Loups (Ligue Magnus)
84 F Andrej Hebar 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 7 September 1984 Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Slovenia Olimpija (AlpsHL)
86 D Sabahudin Kovačević 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 26 February 1986 Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Czech Republic Energie Karlovy Vary (WSM Liga)
91 F Miha Verlič 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 21 August 1991 Maribor Austria EC VSV (EBEL)
92 F Anže Kuralt 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 31 October 1991 Kranj France Gothiques d'Amiens (Ligue Magnus)

Coaching history[edit]

Slovenia (in white), shakes hands with Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

NHL Entry Draft[edit]

Players from Slovenia selected in the NHL Entry Draft

Year Name Overall Team
1998 Edo Terglav 249th overall Buffalo Sabres
2000 Jure Penko 203rd overall Nashville Predators
2001 Marcel Rodman 282nd overall Boston Bruins
2005 Anže Kopitar 11th overall Los Angeles Kings
2006 Jan Muršak 182nd overall Detroit Red Wings
2017 Jan Drozg 152nd overall Pittsburgh Penguins

References[edit]

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  10. ^ IIHF (2008). "Breakup of old Europe creates a new hockey world". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
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