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 Kari Savolainen
Assistants Gaber Glavič
Edo Terglav
Captain Jan Muršak
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 9 (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 IIHF as of the 2017 IIHF World Ranking. Their best 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]

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

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 Pool B 18th
Denmark 1999 Odense and Rodovre, Pool B 7 2 0 1 0 4 14 17 Pavle Kavčič 5th Pool B 21st
Poland 2000 Katowice and Krakow, Pool B 7 0 0 2 0 5 16 31 Rudi Hiti 7th 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

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2017 IIHF World Championship.[12]

Head coach: Nik Zupančič

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate 2016–17 team
4 D Tavželj, AndrejAndrej Tavželj 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1984-03-14) March 14, 1984 (age 33) France Ducs d'Angers
7 D Pretnar, KlemenKlemen Pretnar 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1986-08-31) August 31, 1986 (age 31) Belarus Yunost Minsk
8 F Jeglič, ŽigaŽiga Jeglič 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1988-02-24) February 24, 1988 (age 29) Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava
12 F Rodman, DavidDavid Rodman 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1983-09-10) September 10, 1983 (age 34) France Brûleurs de Loups
14 D Podlipnik, MaticMatic Podlipnik 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1992-08-09) August 9, 1992 (age 25) France LHC Les Lions
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 HK
16 F Mušič, AlešAleš Mušič 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1982-06-28) June 28, 1982 (age 35) Slovenia HDD 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 26) 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
23 D Vidmar, LukaLuka Vidmar 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1986-05-17) May 17, 1986 (age 31) 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 28) Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
26 F Urbas, JanJan UrbasA 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1989-01-26) January 26, 1989 (age 28) 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 36) 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 30) Sweden AIK IF
39 F Muršak, JanJan MuršakC 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1988-01-20) January 20, 1988 (age 29) Russia HC 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 EC 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 29) 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 23) Czech Republic Kladno
69 G Pintarič, MatijaMatija Pintarič 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 78 kg (172 lb) (1989-08-11) August 11, 1989 (age 28) France LHC Les Lions
71 F Goličič, BoštjanBoštjan Goličič 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1989-06-12) June 12, 1989 (age 28) France Brûleurs de Loups
76 F Pem, NikNik Pem 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1995-08-30) August 30, 1995 (age 22) Germany Heilbronner Falken
86 D Kovačević, SabahudinSabahudin KovačevićA 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 (age 31) 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 26) 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

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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  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. 
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  7. ^ "News". Slovenia.si. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  8. ^ Mitja Lisjak (24 June 2017). "Po 11 letih na naboru Lige NHL spet izbran Slovenec" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Manninen, Henrik (2014-02-04). "A Slovenian send-off". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  10. ^ IIHF (2008). "Breakup of old Europe creates a new hockey world". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  11. ^ Slovenia Times (2014-02-06). "Sochi: Slovenian Hockey Team Making History". SloveniaTimes.com. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  12. ^ 2017 IIHF World Championship roster

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