Slovenia men's national junior ice hockey team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia
Head coach Gorazd Drinovec
Assistants Gorazd Rekelj
Captain Gregor Koblar
Most points Anže Kopitar (21)
Team colors               
IIHF code SLO
First international
 Slovenia 4–3 Estonia 
(Riga, Latvia; 10 November 1992)
Biggest win
 Slovenia 30–0 Greece 
(Riga, Latvia; 11 November 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Kazakhstan 11–0 Slovenia 
(Minsk, Belarus; 4 September 1994)
IIHF World U20 Championship
Appearances 21 (first in 1993)
Best result 13th (2011)

The Slovenia men's national under 20 ice hockey team is the national under-20 ice hockey team of Slovenia. The team is controlled by the Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

History[edit]

Slovenia played its first game in 1992 against Estonia during the Pool C qualification tournament of the 1993 IIHF World U20 Championship.[1] Slovenia won the game 4–3 however failed to qualify for the Group C tournament after finishing second in their group and outside of the only next round qualification spot which went to Latvia. During the same tournament Slovenia also achieved their largest win in international participation after they beat Greece 30–1.[1] For the next two years Slovenia remained to the Pool C qualification tournament but failed to qualify in both years. However a format change for the 1995 IIHF World U20 Championship meant that Slovenia who finished last in the Pool C1 Qualification tournament moved on to the newly formed Pool C2 tournament.[2] During this tournament Slovenia had their worst defeat in international participation after being beaten by Kazakhstan 0–11.[1] After advancing to the Pool C2 tournament Slovenia finished second in the group standings behind Kazakhstan and gained promotion to the Pool C for the following year. Slovenia remained in Pool C until 2001 when the International Ice Hockey Federation changed the format of the World Championships and Slovenia was reseeded into the Division II tournament. During the first year of the Division II tournament at the 2001 IIHF World U20 Championship Slovenia gained promotion to Division I after defeating Japan in the final.[2] Slovenia has continued to compete in the Division I tournament and in 2013 finished fourth in the Division I Group A tournament being held in Amiens, France.[3]

Anze Kopitar currently holds the team record for most points with 21.[4] Kopitar competed in three IIHF World U20 Championship for the Slovenian under-20 team from 2004 to 2006 with his best result in 2005 where he scored 10 goals and three assists in the Division I Group B tournament at the 2005 IIHF World U20 Championship.[5]

Team roster[edit]

From the 2013 IIHF World U20 Championship[6][7][8]

# Name Pos Date of Birth Club
20 Luka Gracnar G 31 October 1993 Austria EC Red Bull Salzburg
3 Nik Humar (A) F 12 December 1993 Slovenia HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
11 Luka Kalan F 3 May 1993 Sweden Mora IK
13 Gregor Koblar (C) F 15 January 1993 Austria EC Red Bull Salzburg II
6 Nejc Kozar D 20 February 1994 Slovenia HD Mladi Jesenice U20
7 Miha Logar D 9 July 1995 Austria EC Red Bull Salzburg
18 Luka Oberstar D 15 August 1993 Slovenia HDD Olimpija Ljubljana U20
22 Nik Pem F 30 August 1995 Sweden Mora IK J20
8 Miha Pesjak (A) F 23 July 1993 Slovenia HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
21 Luka Petelin F 26 February 1994 Sweden Mora IK J20
23 David Planko D 20 June 1993 Slovenia HK Celje U20
14 Jaka Podrekar F 15 April 1994 Slovenia HD Mladi Jesenice U20
2 Jurij Repe D 17 September 1994 Canada Saint John Sea Dogs
4 Blaz Skrjanec D 1 November 1994 Slovenia HK Triglav Kranj
9 Jure Sotlar F 26 July 1993 Slovenia HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
5 Tadej Snoj F 21 January 1994 Slovenia HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
15 Jure Stan D 25 April 1994 Slovenia HDD Bled
25 Tomaz Trelc G 23 November 1995 Czech Republic HC České Budějovice U20
19 Nik Truden F 24 October 1993 Slovenia HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
12 Aljaz Uduc F 30 September 1994 Slovenia HDD Olimpija Ljubljana
24 Gal Zidan D 2 October 1993 Slovenia HDD Olimpija Ljubljana U20
17 Zan Zupan F 6 April 1993 Slovenia HK Triglav Kranj U20

International competitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Slovenia U20 All Time Results" (PDF). National Teams of Ice Hockey. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  2. ^ a b Müller, Stephan (2005). International Ice Hockey Encyclopaedia 1904–2005. Germany: Books on Demand. pp. 273–306. ISBN 3-8334-4189-5. 
  3. ^ "2013 IIHF World U20 Championship Div. I Group A". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  4. ^ "Slovenia". National Teams of Ice Hockey. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Anze Kopitar". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Team Roster" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  7. ^ "NOR - SLO Line-Ups" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Slovenia U20". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 

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