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 Nik Zupančič
Assistants Gaber Glavič
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 Decrease1
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 24 (first in 1993)
Best result 13th (2002, 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 IIHF as of the 2016 IIHF World Ranking. Their best ever record is 13th place at the World Ice Hockey Championships, while their highest IIHF ranking is 12th place.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

The national junior team has never played in the Championship division; the only country in the top 22 of world rankings. Five players from Slovenia have been drafted into the NHL since 1998; Anže Kopitar and Jan Muršak have played in the league.[8]

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 Qualified
China 2022 To be determined
Total 2/7 0 Titles 5 2 0 0 3 10 16

World Championship[edit]

  • 1930–1992 – Participated as part of Yugoslavia
  • 1993 – Finished in 20th place (4th in Pool C)
  • 1994 – Finished in 25th place (5th in Pool C)
  • 1995 – Finished in 27th place (7th in Pool C)
  • 1996 – Finished in 23rd place (3rd in Pool C)
  • 1997 – Finished in 22nd place (2nd in Pool C)
  • 1998 – Finished in 18th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 1999 – Finished in 21st place (5th in Pool B)
  • 2000 – Finished in 23rd place (7th in Pool B)
  • 2001 – Finished in 17th place (won Division I, Group B)
  • 2002 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2003 – Finished in 15th place
  • 2004 – Finished in 17th place (won Division I, Group B)
  • 2005 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2007 – Finished in 17th place (won Division I, Group B)
  • 2008 – Finished in 15th place
  • 2009 – Finished in 19th place (2nd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2010 – Finished in 18th place (won Division I, Group B)
  • 2011 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2012 – Finished in 17th place (won Division I, Group A)
  • 2013 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2014 – Finished in 17th place (won Division I, Group A)
  • 2015 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2016 – Finished in 17th place (won Division I, Group A)

Team[edit]

Roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics qualifying tournament.[9]

Head coach: Nik Zupančič

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
8 F Jeglič, ŽigaŽiga Jeglič 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1988-02-24) February 24, 1988 (age 28) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
11 F Kopitar, AnžeAnže Kopitar 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1987-08-24) August 24, 1987 (age 29) United States Los Angeles Kings
14 D Štebih, MihaMiha Štebih 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1992-04-07) April 7, 1992 (age 24) Czech Republic Slavia Praha
15 D Gregorc, BlažBlaž Gregorc 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1990-01-18) January 18, 1990 (age 27) Czech Republic Mountfield
16 F Mušič, AlešAleš Mušič 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1982-06-28) June 28, 1982 (age 34) Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana
18 F Ograjenšek, KenKen Ograjenšek 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1991-08-30) August 30, 1991 (age 25) Austria Graz 99ers
19 F Pance, ŽigaŽiga Pance 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1989-01-01) January 1, 1989 (age 28) Austria EC KAC
22 F Rodman, MarcelMarcel Rodman 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1981-09-25) September 25, 1981 (age 35) Germany Dresdner Eislöwen
23 D Vidmar, LukaLuka Vidmar 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1986-05-17) May 17, 1986 (age 30) Denmark Frederikshavn White Hawks
24 F Tičar, RokRok Tičar 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 27) Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
26 F Urbas, JanJan Urbas 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1989-01-26) January 26, 1989 (age 27) Austria EC VSV
28 D Kranjc, AlešAleš Kranjc 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1981-07-29) July 29, 1981 (age 35) Germany Rote Teufel Bad Nauheim
32 G Krošelj, GašperGašper Krošelj 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1987-02-09) February 9, 1987 (age 29) Sweden AIK IF
33 G Kristan, RobertRobert Kristan 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1983-04-04) April 4, 1983 (age 33) Free agent
39 F Muršak, JanJan Muršak 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1988-01-20) January 20, 1988 (age 28) Russia CSKA Moscow
40 G Gračnar, LukaLuka Gračnar 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1993-10-31) October 31, 1993 (age 23) Austria Red Bull Salzburg
51 D Robar, MitjaMitja Robar 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1983-01-04) January 4, 1983 (age 34) Austria EC KAC
55 F Sabolič, RobertRobert Sabolič 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1988-09-18) September 18, 1988 (age 28) Russia Admiral Vladivostok
61 D Repe, JurijJurij Repe 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-09-17) September 17, 1994 (age 22) Czech Republic Kladno
76 F Pem, NikNik Pem 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1995-08-30) August 30, 1995 (age 21) Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana
86 D Kovačevič, SabahudinSabahudin Kovačevič 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (2016-04-29) April 29, 2016 (age 0) Belarus Yunost Minsk
91 F Verlič, MihaMiha Verlič 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1991-08-21) August 21, 1991 (age 25) Austria EC VSV
92 F Kuralt, AnžeAnže Kuralt 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1991-10-31) October 31, 1991 (age 25) France Brûleurs de Loups de Grenoble

Coaching history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greg Wyshynski (2014-02-18). "Slovenia's miracle on ice continues; Swedes up next for 'Slovenderella'". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Slovenia hockey becoming feel-good story of 2014 Winter Olympic ice hockey with quarter-final berth | The National". Thenational.ae. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Slovenia's ice hockey team secure Olympic berth". Sloveniatimes.com. 2016-09-05. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Devoted Coach and Gifted Son Lead Slovenia to Hockey Heights". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Ice hockey: Slovenia extend magical run into quarters | SBS News". Sbs.com.au. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  6. ^ "STA: Slovenia's ice hockey team secure Olympic berth". English.sta.si. 2016-09-04. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  7. ^ "News". Slovenia.si. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  8. ^ "Kdo bo naslednji slovenski hokejski as? NHL stavi na Luko Zorka" [Who will become a new Slovenian hockey ace? NHL bets on Luka Zorko] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "2016 Team Roster" (PDF). Stats.iihf.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 

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