Slovakian players for the CHL Import Draft

By Tomas Egry

Peter Sojcik
Date of Birth: September 8, 1986
Height: 5’9″
Weight : 176 lbs
Position: Forward
Shoots: Left
Team: Dukla Trencin

Sojcik began to play hockey when he was five years old in Dubnica where he came through all age categories. He played there until the 1999-2000 season. In the year 2000, he played in Quebec at a Pee-Wee tournament for Team Bratislava. In the same year in August, Sojcik left Dubnica to play for Dukla Trencin. For the first time he made it to the national team in the year 2001. Since then he has not missed any of the national team action except those when he was injured. He spent last year playing for Dukla Trencin in the Slovak midget league being a top scorer of the team. The team finished second in the league losing against Slovan Bratislava in playoff finals, but team of Slovan was almost year older. Sojcik would like to try one of the junior leagues in Canada.

Sojcik is a center, but is also able to play left or right wing. He is amazing puckhandler, can force two or three opponent players. He creates a lot of space for his teammates. He can very effectively use his subtile figure and face bigger opponents. He receives hits well. One of his weaknesses is the lack of aggresiveness and toughness in physical play. With that exception, he represents a hard-working forward who plays for the team. He also needs to work on shooting more. Peter is creative player with soft hands. He will probably need some time for adaptation, but he has the potential to become team`s top scorer.

Peter`s hobbies are music, squash, soccer and computer games.

Year Team GP G A P +/- PIM

2002-03 Dukla Trencin 33 18 18 36 +33 26

Norbert Mozolany
Date of Birth: March 17, 1985
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 198 lbs
Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Team: HKm Zvolen

Mozolany comes from the area of Slovakia that produces a lot of good goalies. Two cities, Zvolen and Banska Bystrica, have produced Jan Lasak, Peter Budaj, Peter Sevela and Matus Kostur. Mozolany continues this tradition. He began this season in junior team of Zvolen. At the beginning he was only a backup, but as the season progressed his position with the team became better. After the World Junior Championship, goalie Peter Sevela left Zvolen to play in the USHL. Since that time Mozolany was the No. 1 junior goalie in Zvolen. He started most of the games in the Slovak Junior League. He also played some games in Division 1 for Zvolen`s farm team HKm Detva. In March he made his debut in Slovak Extraleague. He spent twenty minutes in the net without any goals against.

Mozolany was also the member of Slovak U18 National Team. He took part at Four Nations Tournament in November played in Slovakia. He faced German team in 1-1 tie. He also played at another Four Nations Tournament in February. He played the game against USA U17 squad. Slovakia won the game 3-1. It was big surprise that he wasn`t nominated for U18 World Championship. The head coach prefered duo of Halak and Roznik.

Mozolany prefers a butterfly style in combination with fast hands. His blocker seems to be little faster than his glove. He is also a great puckhandler and is able to make fantastic passes. He also cleans the space in front of the net well.

His weakness is that he requires the trust of coach and his teammates. If he feels that his teammates don`t rely on him, be becomes nervous. Like most young goalies he needs to improve his consistency. Mozolany will need time for adaptation, but he could be a solid backup goalie in his first season. He has the potential to be a starting goalies at the CHL junior level, but only time will show if will be able to use it.

Year 2002-03 Team Zvolen

Juniors Midget Division 1 Extraliga

GP 16 31 7 2

MIN 945 1860 420 11

GAA 50 36 17 0

SVS 480 530 150 5

SO 2 6 – –

Note: Rimouski will pick Michal Sersen as 1st overall in Import Draft. Sersen played last year for Slovan Bratislava. He is rushing defenseman with hard slap shot. His best defensive skills are hard hits and shotblocking. He won the silver medal at U18 WJC. Sersen is 2004 NHL Entry Draft eligible.