Ladislav Ščurko
Position Center
Shot Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
Teams HC Košice
Nationality Flag of Slovakia Slovakian
Born April 4 1986 (1986-04-04) (age 34),
Gelnica, CS
NHL Draft 170th overall, 2004
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 2007 – 2009

Ladislav Ščurko (born April 4, 1986 in Gelnica) is a Slovak professional ice hockey center who played for HC Košice of the Slovak Extraliga until he confessed to the murder of a referee in 2009.

Playing careerEdit

Ščurko started his junior career by playing in 37 games with his junior team, HK VTJ Spisská Nová Ves, in Slovakia. He scored 44 points on 20 goals and 24 assists. Following that season he was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 6th round, 170th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Shortly after, he was drafted seventh overall in the CHL Import Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds. In his first year in the Western Hockey League (WHL), he scored 42 points, which put him in fifth in the league for points scored by a rookie. Ladislav also set a Thunderbird record with a nine-game point streak from December 11, 2004 through January 12, 2005, during which he scored 12 points. He enjoyed similar success in fewer games the following season.


On April 23, 2009, Ščurko confessed to the murder of referee Marek Liptaj in January 2008 at a motorway service area near Kosice.[1] He admitted that he killed Liptaj by stabbing him down with a knife 14 times.[1] Liptaj's body was hastily buried in a forest.[1] Scurko is now facing up to 20 years in jail. No motive has been revealed yet, but police say the crime was not premeditated.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 HK VTJ Spisská Nová Ves SVK U20 37202444102 66288
2003–04 HK VTJ Spisská Nová Ves SVK-2 3023516 20112
2004–05 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 6718254340 1251610
2005–06 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 6417264341 72462
2006–07 Tri-City Americans WHL 12461018
2007–08 HC Košice SVK 3202230
2007–08 HK VTJ Trebišov SVK-2 17741148
2008–09 HC Košice SVK 52751238
SVK totals 84771468
WHL totals 14339579699 19751212


Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Men's ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Silver 2003 Yaroslavl
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Slovakia Jr. WJC U18 70222
2004 Slovakia Jr. WJC U18 60336
2005 Slovakia Jr. WJC 60006
2006 Slovakia Jr. WJC 620216


  • Seattle Thunderbirds' franchise record for longest point streak: 9 games (12 points, from 11 December 2004 to 12 January 2005)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Panaccio, Tim. "Flyers Prospect Accused of Murder",, 2009-04-24. Retrieved on 2009-04-24. 
  2. "HC Kosice Player Confesses to Murder of Referee", 2009-04-24. Retrieved on 2009-04-24. 

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