HC Slovan Bratislava

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HC Slovan Bratislava
Slovan Bratislava Logo.svg
NicknameBelasí (the Sky Blues),
Orli (the Eagles)
City Bratislava, Slovakia
League Slovak Extraliga
(1993–2012, 2019–present)
Founded1921
Home arena Ondrej Nepela Arena
(capacity 10,055)
ColoursDark blue, white, red
   
PresidentRudolf Hrubý
Head coach Flag of Slovakia.svg Robert Döme
Flag of Slovakia.svg Marián Bažány
Captain Flag of Slovakia.svg Michal Sersen
Website www.hcslovan.sk

Hockey Club Slovan Bratislava (Slovak : Hokejový klub Slovan Bratislava) is a professional ice hockey club based in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2012, it left the Slovak Extraliga and joined the international Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). In 2019, it returned to the Tipsport Liga. The club has won eight Slovak championships (most recently in 2012) and one Czechoslovak championship (1979), making it the second most successful hockey club in Slovak history after their biggest rival HC Košice. The team plays its home games at Ondrej Nepela Arena, also known as Slovnaft Arena. The team is nicknamed Belasí, which means the "sky blues" in English.

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History

The sports club Slovan Bratislava was founded in 1919 as a football club, then called 1.CsSK Bratislava. In 1921, a hockey section was founded as "CsSK hockey". It played its first game in December 1924 against Wiener EV from Vienna, losing 6–1. In 1948, the name of the club was changed to Slovan Bratislava, which has been kept until today. [1]

For many years following World War II, Slovan was the only Slovak representative in the highest Czechoslovak league, and achieved several second-place finishes in the championship. The only title in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League was achieved under coach Ladislav Horsky in the 1978–79 season. Additionally, the youth teams won several championships. [1]

After the separation of Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993, Slovan played in the Slovak Extraliga and won eight championship titles over 19 years. [1]

In addition to the success achieved in Slovakia, Slovan also performed well internationally, with three Spengler Cup wins in a row in 1972, 1973 and 1974. It is also one of only four clubs to play all four seasons of the European Hockey League, progressing to the playoff stage each year. Another highlight was winning the IIHF Continental Cup in the 2003–04 season. From 2011 to 2013, Slovan participated in the European Trophy international pre-season tournament. [1]

KHL

In March 2012, Slovan filed an application to play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). [2] On 21 June 2012, Slovan Bratislava was officially admitted to the KHL, after they fulfilled all necessary conditions. Founded in 1921, they were the oldest KHL team by a large margin, as there were no ice hockey leagues in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics prior to 1946. [3]

2012–13 season

In May, Slovan signed Rostislav Čada as the new head coach for the first KHL season, who had had a KHL experience from working at Avangard Omsk. [4] After playing two friendly matches against KHL teams and the European Trophy during the summer months, Slovan opened the 2012–13 season with a home game against Ukrainian HC Donbass on 6 September 2012, losing 2–4 in front of a capacity crowd. The first win was achieved 4 days later by defeating Spartak Moscow 2–1 after a shootout. During the NHL lockout between September 2012 and January 2013, the two defenders Ľubomír Višňovský and Andrej Sekera enhanced the team. Slovan ended the season with 78 points as 6th of the Western conference and thus clinched a play-off spot in their first KHL season. [5] In the first play-off round, Slovan played against then-defending champion Dynamo Moscow and lost all four matches.

During the regular season, Slovan had sold out 25 out of its 26 home games with an average attendance of 9,977 spectators, which was the seventh-highest average attendance in Europe that season. [6]

Mascot

Before the start of 2013–14 season, it was announced that the franchise will have a new mascot called Harvy. The mascot's name was determined by fans and its appearance will be of a bald eagle, which is also on HC Slovan's logo. [7]

Rivalries

While competing in the Czechoslovak league, Slovan's main rival was HK Dukla Trenčín. While competing in the Slovak Extraliga, Slovan had various rivals around the country, most notably HC Košice and Trenčín.

In Slovan's first two seasons in the KHL, its biggest rival was Lev Prague. The rivalry started when, in their first game, HC Lev's Zdeno Chára body-checked Slovan's team captain Miroslav Šatan, after which Šatan was out of the lineup for the rest of the season. [8] The fairness of this hit was the centre of many discussions. The games between Slovan and Lev were among the most anticipated of the season for both teams. [9] However, Lev Praha folded after the 2013–14 season.

Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last ten seasons completed by HC Slovan Bratislava. For the full season-by-season history, see List of HC Slovan Bratislava seasons.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime/Shootout Wins, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, L = Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

SeasonGPWOTWOTLLPtsGFGAFinishPlayoffs
2011–12 553117161021761383rd, Extraliga Slovak Extraliga Champions, 4–3 (HC Košice)
2012–13 521711519781241273rd, BobrovLost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Dynamo Moscow)
2013–14 54159426671201606th, BobrovDid not qualify
2014–15 60155832631361887th, BobrovDid not qualify
2015–16 602111424891541483rd, BobrovLost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–4 (CSKA Moscow)
2016–17 60227526851441664th, BobrovDid not qualify
2017–18 56153731581191875th, BobrovDid not qualify
2018–19 62105344331012136th, TarasovDid not qualify
2019–20 552985131081911182nd, ExtraligaNot held due to the coronavirus pandemic
2020–21 50266414941461154th, ExtraligaLost in Semifinals, 1–4 (HKM Zvolen)

Honours

Domestic

Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

Slovak Hockey League

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

2nd. Czechoslovak Hockey League

International

IIHF European Cup

IIHF Continental Cup

Pre-season

Spengler Cup

Tatra Cup

Basel Summer Ice Hockey

Steel Cup

Rona Cup

Players

Current roster

Source: hcslovan.sk [10] Source: eliteprospects.com [11] As of March 15, 2021.

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
31 Flag of Slovakia.svg Richard Noskovič G L18 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
19 Flag of Slovakia.svg Milan Kytnár  ( A ) C L31 2019 Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia
16 Flag of Slovakia.svg Andrej Meszároš  ( A ) D L35 2016 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
37 Flag of Latvia.svg Kristers Gudļevskis G L28 2020 Aizkraukle, Latvia
91 Flag of Slovakia.svg Branislav Rapáč RW R27 2020 Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia
88 Flag of Slovakia.svg Dalibor Bortňák C L30 2020 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
32 Flag of Slovakia.svg Ádam Beke G L18 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
27 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brendan O'Donnell LW L28 2020 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
73 Flag of Slovakia.svg Michal Beňo D L19 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
20 Flag of Slovakia.svg Peter Kundrík C L22 2020 Poprad, Slovakia
3 Flag of Slovakia.svg Martin Štajnoch D R30 2019 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
24 Flag of Slovakia.svg Tomáš Zigo C L29 2019 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
39 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brendan Ranford RW L28 2020 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
8 Flag of Slovakia.svg Michal Sersen  ( C ) D L35 2012 Gelnica, Czechoslovakia
25 Flag of Slovakia.svg Samuel Buček RW R22 2020 Nitra, Slovakia
4 Flag of Lithuania.svg Nerijus Ališauskas D R29 2020 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
5 Flag of Slovakia.svg Patrik Bačík D L26 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia
47 Flag of Slovakia.svg Dominik Jendek RW L20 2019 Bratislava, Slovakia
23 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brant Harris C R31 2020 Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
43 Flag of Slovakia.svg Patrik Maier D L24 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
12 Flag of Slovakia.svg Jakub Urbánek C R21 2019 Martin, Slovakia
29 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Brodzinski D R25 2020 Ham Lake, Minnesota, United States
28 Flag of Slovakia.svg Samuel Petráš RW L25 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
40 Flag of Slovakia.svg Rastislav Gašpar C R26 2020 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
44 Flag of Slovakia.svg Juraj Valach D R32 2020 Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia
41 Flag of the United States.svg Tyler Parks G R28 2020 Imperial, Missouri, United States
89 Flag of Slovakia.svg Peter Šišovský RW L29 2020 Dubnica nad Váhom, Czechoslovakia
26 Flag of Slovakia.svg Tomáš Matoušek RW L28 2020 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia

Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed season. [12]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Staff

Head coaches

These are the head coaches of HC Slovan Bratislava since they joined the Czechoslovak Extraliga:

Hall of Fame

The following players associated with HC Slovan Bratislava have been inducted in various Halls of Fame:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

NameCategoryInducted
Flag of Slovakia.svg Peter Šťastný Player1998

IIHF Hall of Fame

The IIHF Hall of Fame is intended to honor individuals who have made valuable contributions both internationally and in their home countries. [13]

NameCategoryInducted
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Václav Nedomanský Player1997
Flag of Slovakia.svg Vladimír Dzurilla Player1998
Flag of Slovakia.svg Jozef Golonka Player1998
Flag of Slovakia.svg Ján Starší Builder1999
Flag of Slovakia.svg Peter Šťastný Player2000

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