Slovakia men's national ice hockey team

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Slovakia national ice hockey team badge.svg
Nickname(s)Repre, Chlapci (Boys), Naši chlapci (Our Boys)
Association Slovak Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Miroslav Šatan
Head coach Craig Ramsay
Assistants Michal Handzuš
Ján Lašák
Róbert Petrovický
Captain Andrej Sekera
Most games Dominik Graňák (184)1
Top scorer Miroslav Šatan (85)1
Most points Miroslav Šatan (162)1
Home stadium Ondrej Nepela Arena
Team colors   
Slovakia national ice hockey team jerseys 2019 IHWC.png
Current IIHF 9 Steady2.svg(24 April 2020) [1]
Highest IIHF3 (2004)
Lowest IIHF11 (2017)
First international
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia (1939-1945).svg 0–12 Flag of Bohmen und Mahren.svg Bohemia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
Biggest win
Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svg 20–0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
(Poprad, Slovakia; 18 March 1994)2
Biggest defeat
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia (1939-1945).svg 0–12 Flag of Bohmen und Mahren.svg Bohemia
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; 1 February 1940)2
IIHF World Championships
Appearances26 (first in 1994 )
Best result Gold medal world centered-2.svg Gold: (2002)
Appearances6 (first in 1994 )
Medals4th (2010)
International record (W–L–T)
Medal record
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2002 Sweden
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2000 Russia
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2012 Finland/Sweden
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2003 Finland
Winter Universiade
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1999 Poprad Tatry
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2003 Tarvisio
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2019 Krasnoyarsk Team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1993 Zakopane
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2009 Harbin

The Slovak men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Slovakia and is controlled by the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. It is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world. The team's general manager is Miroslav Šatan and their head coach is Craig Ramsay.


Slovakia has won four medals at the World Championships, including a gold medal in 2002 in Sweden. In the Winter Olympic Games, Slovakia's highest achievement is fourth place in Vancouver 2010. In the tournament they won against favourites Russia and Sweden, and lost against Canada in the semi-finals and against Finland in the bronze medal game.


The Slovak national team was formed following the breakup of Czechoslovakia, as the country was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. While the Czechs were allowed to compete at the highest pool (A), the IIHF ruled that because fewer players of the former Czechoslovak team were Slovaks, Slovakia would be required to start international play in Pool C. However, Slovakia's play in the lower pools won it promotion to pool A by 1996. See also Post-Cold War period of the IIHF world championships .

Slovakia's first appearance in an elite ice hockey competition was at 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. With a lineup led by star Peter Šťastný, the Slovaks finished first in their group with three wins and two ties before losing to Russia in overtime in the quarterfinals. In the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, the Slovak team was unable to use its National Hockey League (NHL) players in the preliminary round due to a scheduling conflict. This affected all of the smaller countries, but devastated the Slovaks as most of their best players were from NHL teams. The NHL only shut down its schedule in time for the second group stage, and thus Slovakia failed to qualify among the final eight teams both times. This turn of events was troubling to the entire hockey community, and the rules were changed for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Slovak national team members and notable players have included Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Marián Hossa, Marián Gáborík, Marcel Hossa; Miroslav Šatan; goaltender Jaroslav Halák and the tallest player in NHL history, Zdeno Chára. In the late 1990s, the St. Louis Blues placed Ľuboš Bartečko, Michal Handzuš, and Pavol Demitra on the same line. This trio became known as the "Slovak Pack," and were able to communicate in their native language without the opposition knowing what they were saying, unless, of course, they also understood Slovak.

Following the successful years for the Slovaks in the early 2000s at the World Championship, when they won the silver in St. Petersburg at the 2000 edition after a loss to the Czechs, winning the (so far) only title in Goteburg at the 2002 edition and securing bronze in Helsinki (2003), the results of Slovakia worsened and Slovakia began to drop out in the quarterfinals. The closest Slovakia came to relegation into Division I was in 2008, when they avoided relegation only thanks to two victories over Slovenia in the Relegation Round. Following was a series of three subsequent eliminations in the Qualifying Round (Round of 12), including one at a 2011 edition Slovakia hosted in Bratislava and Košice for the first time, since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia.

Largely unexpected, however, was Slovakia's silver medal at the 2012 edition, again won in Helsinki. This was the first tournament after the introduction of the new two group format, followed by the quarterfinals. Due to the surprise this medal was after number of unsuccessful tournaments, it was by many regarded as with a value of a triumphal gold. In the following years however, Slovakia again failed to repeat medal successes and even failed to qualify to the quarterfinals, with the exception of 2013.

Tournament record

Olympic Games

1920–1992Part of Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Flag of Norway.svg 1994 Lillehammer 8402113529 Július Šupler Peter Šťastný 6th
Flag of Japan.svg 1998 Nagano 4101011113 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger 10th
Flag of the United States.svg 2002 Salt Lake City 4102011513 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan 13th
Flag of Italy.svg 2006 Turin 6500011911 František Hossa Pavol Demitra roster 5th
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2010 Vancouver 731032218 Ján Filc Zdeno Chára roster 4th
Flag of Russia.svg 2014 Sochi 40013516 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vladimír Vůjtek Zdeno Chára roster 11th
Flag of South Korea.svg 2018 Pyeongchang 41012712 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Craig Ramsay Tomáš Surový roster 11th

World Championship

Lower divisions

C1 Flag of Slovakia.svg 1994 Poprad, Spišská Nová Ves 6420433 Július Šupler Oto Haščák Winner, Promoted1st
B Flag of Slovakia.svg 1995 Bratislava 77006015 Július Šupler Peter Šťastný Winner, Promoted1st

Top division

19201992 As part of Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Flag of Austria.svg 1996 Vienna 51131316 Július Šupler Oto Haščák Group Round10th
Flag of Finland.svg 1997 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 83142023 Jozef Golonka Zdeno Cíger Consolation Round9th
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1998 Basel, Zürich 62221112 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger Second round7th
Flag of Norway.svg 1999 Oslo, Hamar, Lillehammer 62132221 Ján Šterbák Zdeno Cíger Second round7th
Flag of Russia.svg 2000 St. Petersburg 9501033422 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan FinalSilver medal icon.svg
Flag of Germany.svg 2001 Nuremberg, Cologne, Hanover 7300042018 Ján Filc Zdeno Chára Quarter-finals7th
Flag of Sweden.svg 2002 Gothenburg, Karlstad, Jönköping 9710013722 Ján Filc Miroslav Šatan ChampionsGold medal icon.svg
Flag of Finland.svg 2003 Helsinki, Tampere, Turku 9701014517 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan 3rd Place GameBronze medal icon.svg
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2004 Prague, Ostrava 950211249 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan 3rd Place Game4th
Flag of Austria.svg 2005 Vienna, Innsbruck 7401021917 František Hossa Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals5th
Flag of Latvia.svg 2006 Riga 7301032614 František Hossa Marián Hossa Quarter-finals8th
Flag of Russia.svg 2007 Moscow 740032423 Július Šupler Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals6th
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2008 Quebec City, Halifax 521021812 Július Šupler Róbert Petrovický Relegation Round13th
Flag of Switzerland.svg 2009 Bern, Kloten 611221224 Ján Filc Ľuboš Bartečko Second round10th
Flag of Germany.svg 2010 Cologne, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen 620041319 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Glen Hanlon Richard Lintner Second round12th
Flag of Slovakia.svg 2011 Bratislava, Košice 620041615 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Glen Hanlon Pavol Demitra Second round10th
Flag of Finland.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 2012 Helsinki, Stockholm 1070033023 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vladimír Vůjtek Zdeno Chára FinalSilver medal icon.svg
Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of Finland.svg 2013 Stockholm, Helsinki 830142220 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vladimír Vůjtek Miroslav Šatan Quarter-finals8th
Flag of Belarus.svg 2014 Minsk 730132021 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vladimír Vůjtek Miroslav Šatan Group stage9th
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2015 Prague, Ostrava 712221719 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Vladimír Vůjtek Tomáš Kopecký Group stage9th
Flag of Russia.svg 2016 Moscow, St. Petersburg 721041523 Zdeno Cíger Andrej Sekera Group stage9th
Flag of Germany.svg Flag of France.svg 2017 Cologne, Paris 701241228 Zdeno Cíger Vladimír Dravecký Group stage14th
Flag of Denmark.svg 2018 Copenhagen, Herning 730221920 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Craig Ramsay Andrej Sekera Group stage9th
Flag of Slovakia.svg 2019 Bratislava, Košice 731032819 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Craig Ramsay Andrej Sekera Group Stage9th
Flag of Switzerland.svg 2020 Zürich, Lausanne Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic [2]
Flag of Latvia.svg 2021 Riga

World Cup

1996 3003919 Jozef Golonka Round 17th
2004 400004418 Ján Filc Quarter-finals8th

At the 2016 edition, Slovakia was not represented. Instead 6 Slovak players were a part of Team Europe, which was led by Slovak general manager Miroslav Šatan.

Deutschland Cup

Former National jerseys

ZOH 1994MS 199419951996–19971998–2000
Slovak national team jerseys 1994 (WOG).png Slovak national team jerseys 1994 (WC).png Slovak national team jerseys 1995.png Slovak national team jerseys 1996.png Slovak national team jerseys 1998.png
2001–2004SP 2004200520062007–2008
Slovak national team jerseys 2001.png Slovak national team jerseys 2004 (WCH).png Slovak national team jerseys 2005.png Slovak national team jerseys 2006.png Slovak national team jerseys 2007.png
2009–20132014–2017ZOH 20182019–present
Slovak national team jerseys 2009.png Slovak national team jerseys 2014.png Slovakia national ice hockey team jerseys 2018 (WOG).png Slovakia national ice hockey team jerseys 2019 IHWC.png


Current roster

Roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship. [3] [4]

Head coach: Craig Ramsay

1G Marek Čiliak 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)90 kg (200 lb)2 April 1990 (age 30) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Kometa Brno
2D Andrej Sekera C 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)91 kg (201 lb)8 June 1986 (age 34) Flag of the United States.svg Dallas Stars
6D Martin Fehérváry 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)88 kg (194 lb)6 October 1999 (age 21) Flag of the United States.svg Hershey Bears
12F Dávid Bondra 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)86 kg (190 lb)26 August 1992 (age 28) Flag of Russia.svg Kunlun Red Star
13F Michal Krištof 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)72 kg (159 lb)11 October 1993 (age 27) Flag of Finland.svg Oulun Kärpät
14F Richard Pánik 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)94 kg (207 lb)7 February 1991 (age 30) Flag of the United States.svg Washington Capitals
16F Róbert Lantoši 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)84 kg (185 lb)24 September 1995 (age 25) Flag of the United States.svg Providence Bruins
17F Dávid Buc 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)94 kg (207 lb)22 January 1987 (age 34) Flag of Slovakia.svg HC Slovan Bratislava
19F Matúš Sukeľ 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)78 kg (172 lb)23 January 1996 (age 25) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Sparta Prague
23F Adam Liška 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)84 kg (185 lb)14 October 1999 (age 21) Flag of Russia.svg Severstal Cherepovets
24F Tomáš Zigo 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)87 kg (192 lb)11 April 1992 (age 28) Flag of Slovakia.svg HC '05 Banská Bystrica
27F Ladislav Nagy A 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)87 kg (192 lb)1 June 1979 (age 41) Flag of Slovakia.svg HC Košice
28F Marian Studenič 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)80 kg (180 lb)28 October 1998 (age 22) Flag of the United States.svg Binghamton Devils
30G Denis Godla 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)81 kg (179 lb)4 April 1995 (age 25) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Kladno
42G Patrik Rybár 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)86 kg (190 lb)9 November 1993 (age 27) Flag of Finland.svg Oulun Kärpät
47F Mário Lunter 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)90 kg (200 lb)20 June 1994 (age 26) Flag of Slovakia.svg HC '05 Banská Bystrica
52D Martin Marinčin 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)95 kg (209 lb)18 February 1992 (age 29) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Toronto Maple Leafs
56F Marko Daňo 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)96 kg (212 lb)30 November 1994 (age 26) Flag of the United States.svg Columbus Blue Jackets
64D Patrik Koch 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)86 kg (190 lb)8 December 1996 (age 24) Flag of Slovakia.svg HC Košice
65D Michal Čajkovský 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)107 kg (236 lb)6 May 1992 (age 28) Flag of Russia.svg HC Dynamo Moscow
71D Marek Ďaloga 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)86 kg (190 lb)10 March 1989 (age 32) Flag of Sweden.svg Mora IK
79F Libor Hudáček 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)80 kg (180 lb)7 September 1990 (age 30) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
81D Erik Černák 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)102 kg (225 lb)28 May 1997 (age 23) Flag of the United States.svg Tampa Bay Lightning
83D Christián Jaroš 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)95 kg (209 lb)2 April 1996 (age 24) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ottawa Senators
90F Tomáš Tatar A 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)84 kg (185 lb)1 October 1990 (age 30) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Montreal Canadiens

2002 World Championship: Gold winning roster


2012 World Championship


Player statistics


As of 12 May 2015

Players in bold are still active.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; GPG = Goal per game;

Head coaches

This table shows all Slovakia national team head coaches and their record at the IIHF World Championships, World Cup of Hockey and Winter Olympic Games. Data as of 13 April 2019

Source: [5]

Július Šupler 1993–1996291605171609255.21.31
Jozef Golonka 1996–1997830104202337.50.88
Ján Šterbák 1997–19991650407444631.30.88
Ján Filc 1999–2002291613091067558.61.24
František Hossa 2002–2006382405181336863.21.39
Ján Filc [note 1] 2004400004418.0000.00
Július Šupler 2006–2008125106423550.01.42
Ján Filc 2008–2010134225344246.21.38
Glen Hanlon 2010–2011124008293433.31.00
Vladimír Vůjtek 2011–201536142515949944.41.42
Zdeno Cíger 2015–2017142228275128.60.86
Craig Ramsay 2017–29112313847644.81.28
  1. Managed the team during 2004 World Cup of Hockey

Team managers

Paul Loicq Award recipient Juraj Okoličány managed the team from 1993 to 1998. [6] [7] [8] [9]

Retired numbers

All-time record

The following table shows Slovakia's international record from 1940 to 1945 and since 1993, correct as of 8 February 2020. Teams in italics are no longer actively competing.

Source: [10]

Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 36282614459+85
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 35211139970+29
ROU Bucharest Flag.png Bucharest 110020+2
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1100200+20
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 5223425166156+10
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 110061+5
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 6514744135222−87
Flag of Bohmen und Mahren.svg Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia 1001012−12
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1914057537+38
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 35732567111−44
Flag of Finland.svg Finland olympic100123−1
Flag of France.svg  France 33243614261+81
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 6133127151137+14
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 4400276+21
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 86025019+31
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1813147543+32
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 55003912+27
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 97114215+27
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 110021+1
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 2817389362+31
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2200244+20
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 33232811664+52
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 86114316+27
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 4400393+36
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 381052391122−31
Olympic flag.svg Olympic Athletes from Russia 110032+1
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia B83052122-1
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 1310034923+26
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 7028735168157+11
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland B1010110
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 381032584127−43
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Vikings200258−3
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 109104918+31
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 28103156591−26
Flag of Wien.svg Wiener EG 100102−2
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 110041+3

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