HK Dukla Trenčín

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HK Dukla Trenčín
HK Dukla Trencin logo.png
NicknameVojaci
City Trenčín, Slovakia
League Slovak Extraliga
Founded1962 (1962)
Home arena Pavol Demitra Ice Stadium
(capacity 6,150)
ColoursYellow, red
  
Head coach Flag of Slovakia.svg Ján Pardavý
Captain Flag of Slovakia.svg Jozef Sládok
Website www.hkdukla.sk

Hokejový Klub Dukla Trenčín is a professional Slovak ice hockey club based in Trenčín, playing in the Slovak Extraliga. The club has won three Slovak league championships (1994, 1997, 2004) and one Czechoslovak league championship (1992). The team is nicknamed Vojaci, meaning "Soldiers" in English.

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History

Czechoslovak era

The club was founded on 19 January 1962, relocating army hockey club from Opava to Trenčín. They were members of inaugural season (1963–64) of the 1. SNHL (1st. Slovak National Hockey League). They won the 1965–66 1. SNHL season and promoted to the preliminary round for the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League. There they lost 5 of 6 games against VŽKG Ostrava, VTŽ Chomutov and Spartak Motorlet Praha and did not promote to the First League. Dukla won the 1. SNHL again in 1967–68, 1970–71 and 1976–77. In 1976–77 they were first time successful in the preliminary round and first time in the club history they promoted to the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League. Dukla was placed 11th in their first season at the Top level. After five seasons they was relegated from the Top level in the 1981–82 season. However, in the next season they won 1. SNHL and in the preliminary round defeated Olomouc and promoted to the Top level again. They was placed 6th after their comeback in the 1983–84 season. In 1985–86 there was introduced playoffs tournament in the Czechoslovak Extraliga. Dukla advanced to the playoffs in 1985–86 and there they lost 1–3 against Tesla Pardubice in the quarterfinals. They advanced to the playoffs again in 1987–88 and there they lost 1–3 in the quarterfinals against their Slovak rival VSŽ Košice. Dukla progressed to the finals against Tesla Pardubice in the 1988–89 season. There they lost 1–3. In the next season they progressed to the finals again where they lost 1–3 against HC Sparta Praha. In 1990–91 Dukla lost in the semifinals against Litvínov but they won the bronze medals against VSŽ Košice. The most successful season in the club history is the 1991–92 season when Dukla won the Czechoslovak Extraliga first time. In the quarterfinals they defeated Poldi Kladno 3–2, in the semifinals defeated Litvínov 3–1 and in the finals they won 3–1 against Škoda Plzeň. Žigmund Pálffy was scoring leader of Dukla in the regular season (48 Pts) and in the playoffs (26 Pts). Róbert Švehla, defenceman of Dukla, won the Golden Hockey Stick in the same season. In the last season before split Czechoslovakia Dukla won the bronze medals.

Slovak era

After dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, Dukla began playing independent new Slovak Championship which was named the Slovak Extraliga. Dukla and HC Košice were playoffs finalists in first 4 seasons of the Slovak Extraliga. Dukla won the first Extraliga season in 1993–94, then they lost in the finals in two next seasons and won again in 1996–97. In the 1997–98 season Dukla was eliminated in the semifinals by HC Slovan Bratislava. In the 2000–01 season they played again in the playoffs finals. There they lost 1–3 against HKm Zvolen. Zvolen was opponent in the playoffs finals again in the 2003–04 season. Dukla won 4–2 in the finals and they won third Slovak title in their history. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout several former Dukla players came back to Trenčín, including Pavol Demitra, Marián Hossa and Marián Gáborík. Pavol Demitra played complete regular season and he was a scoring leader of the Extraliga (82 Pts). Despite a star lineup Dukla lost 3–4 in the excited semifinals against HC Slovan Bratislava. In the 2006–07 season Dukla played in the final series against HC Slovan Bratislava but lost 0–4. In the 2009–10 season Dukla did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 1986–87 season.

NHL alumni

After the fall of the Iron Curtain many players who were born in Trenčín or grew out in Dukla youth system had success in the NHL. Marián Gáborík, Marián Hossa and Zdeno Chára are the most successful players on the present who were born in Trenčín. Gáborík was drafted 3rd overall by Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, becoming a first signed player in club history. Gáborík's teammate in the Wild was Ľubomír Sekeráš who spent in Minnesota three seasons. Chára, drafted 56th overall by New York Islanders in 1996, is a first Slovak NHL captain who won the Stanley Cup. Chára is also a first Slovak winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy. In the same year as Chára there was drafted Richard Lintner, other NHL player who was born in Trenčín. Marián Hossa won Stanley Cup 3 times with Chicago Blackhawks. Dukla youth system raised several talented players from near or far surroundings. Trenčín Ice Stadium was named after Pavol Demitra who died in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash on 7 September 2011.

Honours

Domestic

Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

Pre-season

Rona Cup

Tatra Cup

Players

Current roster

Source: hkdukla.sk [1] Source: eliteprospects.com [2] As of January 11, 2021.

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
31 Flag of Slovakia.svg Michal Valent G L34 2017 Martin, Czechoslovakia
77 Flag of Slovakia.svg Tomáš Bokroš D R31 2018 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Connor LaCouvee G L26 2020 Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
74 Flag of Slovakia.svg Samuel Krajč LW R18 2019 Martin, Slovakia
5 Flag of Sweden.svg Carl Ackered D L30 2020 Stockholm, Sweden
98 Flag of Slovakia.svg Peter Sojčík  ( A ) RW L34 2015 Dubnica nad Váhom, Czechoslovakia
24 Flag of Slovakia.svg Boris Sádecký C L23 2018 Trenčín, Slovakia
22 Flag of Slovakia.svg Marek Valach RW L22 2019 Ilava, Slovakia
19 Flag of Slovakia.svg Tomáš Starosta  ( A ) D L39 2017 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
29 Flag of Finland.svg Janne Kettunen LW L26 2020 Lappeenranta, Finland
8 Flag of Slovakia.svg Jozef Sládok  ( C ) D L32 2019 Zvolen, Czechoslovakia
91 Flag of Slovakia.svg Lukáš Paukovček C L30 2019 Liptovský Mikuláš, Czechoslovakia
9 Flag of Slovakia.svg Jozef Švec LW L25 2016 Trenčín, Slovakia
83 Flag of Slovakia.svg Branislav Rehuš C L32 2020 Malacky, Czechoslovakia
70 Flag of Slovakia.svg Marek Hecl RW L23 2019 Trenčín, Slovakia
51 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kruise Reddick C L30 2020 Manor, Saskatchewan, Canada
20 Flag of Slovakia.svg Oliver Okuliar LW L20 2020 Trenčín, Slovakia
93 Flag of Slovakia.svg Juraj Bezúch C L27 2019 Skalica, Slovakia
89 Flag of Slovakia.svg Nicolas Ferényi LW L20 2019 Trenčín, Slovakia
6 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Justin Lemcke D R23 2020 Whitby, Ontario, Canada
55 Flag of Slovakia.svg Erik Rajnoha D L22 2019 Trenčín, Slovakia
28 Flag of Slovakia.svg Andrej Kukuča C R21 2020 Trenčín, Slovakia
Flag of Finland.svg Janne Jalasvaara D L36 2020 Oulu, Finland
16 Flag of Slovakia.svg Marko Stacha D L18 2019 Ilava, Slovakia
72 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Aaron Berisha RW R25 2020 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
25 Flag of Slovakia.svg Martin Chromiak RW R18 2020 Ilava, Slovakia

Retired numbers

HK Dukla Trenčín retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionCareerNo. retirement
38 Pavol Demitra Center 1992–2005September 16, 2011
10 Oto Haščák Center 1983–2002September 28, 2014 [3] [4]

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References

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