Slovakia
Association Slovak Ice Hockey Federation
GM Flag of Slovakia Miroslav Šatan
Head coach Flag of Canada Craig Ramsay
Assistants Flag of Slovakia Ján Pardavý
Flag of Slovakia Andrej Podkonický
Captain Dominik Graňák
Most games Miroslav Šatan (149)
Top scorer Miroslav Šatan (67)
Most points Miroslav Šatan (126)
IIHF code SVK
IIHF ranking 9
Highest IIHF ranking 3 (2004)
Lowest IIHF ranking 11 (2017)
Team colours               
First international
1stslovakia flag large.png Slovakia 0-12 Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Flag of Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia.png
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; February 1, 1940)
Biggest win
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 20-0 Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png
(Poprad, Slovakia; March 18, 1994)
Biggest defeat
1stslovakia flag large.png Slovakia 0-12 Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia Flag of Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia.png
(Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; February 1, 1940)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 25 (first in 1996)
Best result Med 1.png Gold: 1 - 2002
World Cup of Hockey
Appearances 2 (first in 1996)
Best result Lost in quarterfinals: 1 - 2004
Olympics
Appearances 7 (first in 1994)
Medals none
International record (W-L-T)
335-282-49

The Slovak men's national ice hockey team used to be one of the major ice hockey powers in the world. The team is currently ranked 9th in the IIHF World Ranking. The team is operated by the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. Slovak best years were the early 2000s when they won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the World Championships. Since 2008, level of their performance went rapidly down. Their last successes were the 4th place at the 2010 Olympics and one more silver medal at 2012 World Championship. Last time they made it into the play-offs was 2013.

Slovakia has a total of 11,394 hockey players (0.21% of its population).

The very first Slovak national ice hockey team was formed during the WWII when the Czechoslovakia was broken into the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and Slovakia. But with the end of the WWII, the Czechoslovakia reunited again and the the Slovak national team was dissolved. The current Slovak national team was formed following the breakup of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993, as the country was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For years, the Czechs kept control over how the national team was run, and even had quotas instituted to ensure a minimal participation of Slovak players on the Czechoslovakian national team. 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 had to start international play in pool C. However, in 1996 they were back in the pool A.

In the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, the Slovak team was unable to use its NHL players in the preliminary round due to a scheduling conflict. This effected all of the smaller countries, but devastated the Slovak team as most of their players were coming from NHL teams. The NHL had decided to only allow their players to participate in the final medal round, and thus Slovakia failed to qualify finishing a disappointing 13th. This turn of events was troubling to the entire hockey community, and the rules were changed for the 2006 Winter games in Torino.

Olympic Record[edit | edit source]

Olympic medal record
Olympic Games
  • 1920-1992 - Did not participate
  • 1994 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1998 - Finished in 10th place
  • 2002 - Finished in 13th place
  • 2006 - Finished in 5th place
  • 2010 - Finished in 4th place
  • 2014 - Finished in 11th place
  • 2018 - Finsihed in 11th place

World Cup of Hockey Record[edit | edit source]

  • 1996 - Did qualify
  • 2004 - Lost quarter-finals
  • 2016 - Did not participate (Slovak players participated as a part of Team Europe)

World Championship Record[edit | edit source]

World Championships medal record
World Championship
Silver 2000 Russia Slovakia
Gold 2002 Sweden Slovakia
Bronze 2003 Finland Slovakia
Silver 2012 Finland, Sweden Slovakia

Slovakia's team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

  • 1920-1993 - Did not participate
  • 1994 - Finished in 21st place (1st in "Pool C")
  • 1995 - Finished in 13th place (1st in "Pool B")
  • 1996 - Finished in 10th place
  • 1997 - Finished in 9th place
  • 1998 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1999 - Finished in 7th place
  • 2000 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2001 - Finished in 7th place
  • 2002 - 11 Gold
  • 2003 - 3Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze
  • 2004 - Finished in 4th place
  • 2005 - Finished in 5th place
  • 2006 - Finished in 8th place
  • 2007 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2008 - Finished in 13th place
  • 2009 - Finished in 10th place
  • 2010 - Finished in 12th place
  • 2011 - Finished in 10th place
  • 2012 - 2Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2013 - Finished in 8th place
  • 2014 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2015 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2016 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2017 - Finished in 14th place
  • 2018 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2019 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2020 - canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Retired Numbers[edit | edit source]

Actual Roster[edit | edit source]

Position Number Name Born Height Weight Shoots/Catches
G #29 Andrej Košarišťan December 10, 1993 6ft 1in (186cm) 181lb (82kg) L
G #42 Patrik Rybár November 3, 1993 6ft 3in (190cm) 190lb (86kg) L
D #14 Peter Čerešňák January 26, 1993 6ft 3in (191cm) 209lb (95kg) R
D #62 Martin Chovan August 20, 1986 6ft 1in (186cm) 190lb (86kg) R
D #71 Marek Ďaloga March 10, 1989 6ft 4in (194cm) 190lb (86kg) L
D #28 Martin Gernát April 11, 1993 6ft 4in (193cm) 203lb (92kg) L
D #51 Dominik Graňák June 11, 1983 5ft 11in (181cm) 176lb (80kg) L
D #64 Patrik Koch December 8, 1996 6ft 1in (186cm) 190lb (86kg) L
D #44 Mislav Rodandič January 26, 1995 5ft 11in (181cm) 198lb (90kg) L
D #13 Martin Štajnoch September 15, 1990 6ft 0in (183cm) 192lb (87kg) R
F #91 Michal Chovan November 23, 1987 6ft 0in (183cm) 165lb (75kg) L
F #87 Marcel Haščák February 3, 1987 6ft 0in (183cm) 192lb (87kg) R
F #27 Andrej Kollár November 4, 1999 6ft 2in (187cm) 190lb (86kg) R
F #19 Michal Krištof October 11, 1993 5ft 9in (176cm) 159lb (72kg) L
F #63 Patrik Lamper March 10, 1993 6ft 0in (184cm) 190lb (86kg) L
F #65 Tomáš Marcinko April 11, 1988 6ft 4in (193cm) 214lb (97kg) R
F #67 Matej Paulovič January 13, 1995 6ft 2in (188cm) 209lb (95kg) R
F #15 Kristián Pospíšil April 22, 1996 6ft 2in (187cm) 194lb (88kg) L
F #81 Branislav Rapáč June 4, 1993 6ft 2in (189cm) 185lb (84kg) L
F #18 Jakub Sukeľ January 23, 1996 5ft 9in (176cm) 172lb (78kg) L
F #24 Tomáš Zigo April 11, 1992 6ft 1in (186cm) 192lb (87kg) L
F #16 Peter Zuzin September 4, 1990 6ft 0in (182cm) 179lb (81kg) L

Team Staff[edit | edit source]

Role Name Born
General manager Miroslav Šatan October 22, 1974
Head coach Craig Ramsay March 17, 1951
Assistant coach Ján Pardavý September 8, 1971
Asisstant coach Andrej Podkonický May 9, 1978
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