HC Košice

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HC Košice
HC Kosice logo.png
NicknameOceliari
League Slovak Extraliga
Founded1962;59 years ago (1962)
Home arena Steel Aréna
(capacity: 8,378)
ColoursBlack, white, orange
   
PresidentJúlius Lang
Head coach Flag of Slovakia.svg Marcel Šimurda
Captain Flag of Slovakia.svg Michal Chovan
Website hckosice.sk

Hockey Club Košice is a Slovak professional ice hockey club based in Košice that competes in the Slovak Extraliga, the top tier of Slovak ice hockey. It is the most successful hockey club in Slovakia and the former Czechoslovakia, having won the Tipsport Liga eight times, the Czechoslovakian Hockey League twice, the 1st. Slovak National Hockey League once, the IIHF Continental Cup once, the Tatra Cup ten times, and the Rona Cup four times. The club is nicknamed "Oceliari", which means "Steelers" in English.

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History

Logo of HC Kosice from 1962 to 1998 HCKosice.png
Logo of HC Košice from 1962 to 1998

The club was established in Košice in 1962 as an army hockey club called TJ Dukla Košice. At that time, there were two weak regional ice hockey clubs in the city. The new club was much stronger and joined the Czechoslovak Hockey League within two years. In 1966, Dukla changed its name to TJ VSŽ Košice. In 1986, the club became the Ice Hockey Champions of Czechoslovakia for the first time, beating HC Dukla Jihlava in the finals. It won again in 1988, beating HC Sparta Prague. At that time, the club was the second-best ice hockey club in Europe after CSKA Moscow. After Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993, VSŽ Košice became a member of the Slovak Extraliga, which it soon went on to win three times. In 1998, the club changed its name to HC Košice.

On 24 February 2006, Košice left Lokomotíva Košice Stadium and moved to the newly-constructed Steel Aréna. The arena is named in honour of the club's sponsor, U. S. Steel Košice, and is also known as L. Troják Stadium after one of the club's most popular players. Košice won the league for the fourth time by defeating HK 36 Skalica to end the 2008–09 season. A victory over HC Slovan Bratislava at the end of the 2009–10 season saw the club win the league for the second year in a row and the fifth time in total, which it followed up by beating HK Poprad in the finals of the 2010–11 season to secure the league for the third year in a row (the first "hat trick" in the league's history) and the sixth time in total. Košice qualified for the finals for the sixth time in a row at the 2012–13 season, but suffered a loss to HKm Zvolen. A victory over HK Nitra in the finals of the 2013–14 season led Košice to its seventh league victory. The club won its eighth and most recent league during the 2014–15 season, defeating HC '05 Banská Bystrica in the finals.

Honours

Domestic

Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

International

IIHF European Cup

IIHF Continental Cup

IIHF Super Cup

Pre-season

Tatra Cup

Rona Cup

Players

Current roster

Source: hckosice.sk [1] Source: eliteprospects.com [2] As of February 15, 2021.

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
33 Flag of Slovakia.svg Dominik Riečický G L28 2020 Košice, Czechoslovakia
11 Flag of Slovakia.svg Oliver Jokeľ LW L29 2018 Košice, Czechoslovakia
54 Flag of Slovakia.svg Tomáš Slovák  ( A ) D R37 2018 Košice, Czechoslovakia
14 Flag of the United States.svg Colin Jacobs C R28 2020 Coppell, Texas, United States
19 Flag of Slovakia.svg Juraj Eliaš C L19 2019 Nyíregyháza, Hungary
74 Flag of Slovakia.svg Christián Michalčin D R24 2020 Košice, Slovakia
81 Flag of Slovakia.svg Adam Lapšanský LW L30 2020 Spišská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia
47 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Pavel Jenyš C L24 2020 Brno, Czech Republic
79 Flag of Slovakia.svg Martin Réway C L26 2020 Prague, Czech Republic
29 Flag of Slovakia.svg Samuel Nagy LW R19 2019 Košice, Slovakia
82 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg David Růžička D L32 2019 Czechoslovakia
27 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Émile Poirier C L26 2020 Montréal, Quebec, Canada
83 Flag of Slovakia.svg Martin Belluš RW R29 2019 Spišská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia
8 Flag of Slovakia.svg Jakub Cibák D L22 2018 Košice, Slovakia
22 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Pavel Klhůfek LW L29 2019 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
69 Flag of Slovakia.svg Martin Krasničan C L24 2020 Prešov, Slovakia
42 Flag of Slovakia.svg Miroslav Novota D L19 2020 Košice, Slovakia
55 Flag of Slovakia.svg Bruno Mráz LW R27 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
16 Flag of Slovakia.svg Marcel Petran D L34 2020 Liptovský Mikuláš, Czechoslovakia
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Chris Langkow C R31 2020 Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
26 Flag of Slovakia.svg Marcel Štefančík C L18 2020 Brezno, Slovakia
98 Flag of Slovakia.svg Juraj Milý RW R24 2019 Prešov, Slovakia
96 Flag of Slovakia.svg Patrik Frič C L20 2019 Gelnica, Slovakia
30 Flag of Hungary.svg Ádám Vay G L26 2020 Budapest, Hungary
18 Flag of Slovakia.svg Radek Deyl  ( A ) D L31 2020 Košice, Czechoslovakia
86 Flag of Slovakia.svg Filip Vrábeľ LW L24 2019 Košice, Slovakia
63 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Marek Baránek D L25 2020 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
10 Flag of Slovakia.svg Matúš Havrila C L21 2020 Košice, Slovakia
77 Flag of Slovakia.svg Martin Nemčík D L28 2020 Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
91 Flag of Slovakia.svg Michal Chovan  ( C ) LW L33 2019 Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
34 Flag of Slovenia.svg Žiga Pavlin D R35 2019 Kranj, Yugoslavia

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References

  1. "Team Roster / HC Košice". www.hckosice.sk. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  2. "Team Roster / HC Košice". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2019-04-28.