A little miracle took place for Slovakia on the last night of the U20 World Junior Championship this past winter. The bronze medal obtained by Slovakia at this year’s WJC practically rejuvenated an ice hockey nation that was feeling as if its best days were eternally behind it. The tournament darlings made that bronze medal game victory over Sweden feel as if they’d won the Stanley Cup. Read more»
It’s been a bit of a slow winter on the central European prospect front, and in general, there has been some concern over the past 5+ years in the overall lack of development of players coming from the Czech Republic and, in particular, Slovakia and Germany. All three countries have seen a rapid decline in the production of high-end talents, with many of their stronger players already choosing to head primarily to North America or Sweden by the time they are 16 years old. Read more»
After a real rollercoaster ride at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, Slovakia bounced back to the fun and promise of WJC playoff hockey play at the 2014 WJC. But the fun was over when they ran into a Swedish team that looked ready for gold medal destiny. Nonetheless, it was a tournament where super prospect Marko Dano was able to reaffirm hockey minds that he’s the real deal. Read more»
Slovakia had a bit of a rollercoaster ride at the 2013 WJC in Ufa. After a near miss, 3-2 loss to host Russia in the opener, the Slovaks managed to drive Canada crazy with 2-0 and 3-1 leads heading towards the midway mark of the game before ultimately succumbing, 6-3. The team then had more trouble with Germany than it probably should have, tying the game late and winning 2-1 in overtime. This was followed by a 9-3 trouncing at the hands of the USA. The team then won a hard-fought victory over Latvia 5-3 to avoid relegation before getting blown away 11-4 by Finland in a game that had no bearing on the standings for either team.
Coach Ernest Bokros has been double-shifting this winter as the U20 and U18 Slovakia national team coach, but he’ll only be bringing one player to the upcoming U18 who was also with him at the WJC, namely forward Martin Reway. And that’s only if Reway is healthy enough to go. What he’ll also be bringing along with him are three of the five oldest players at the tournament as well as the tournament’s youngest participant.