2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia forward Adam Ruzicka

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Adam Ruzicka - Team Slovakia

Photo: HC Pardubice forward and 2017 prospect Adam Ruzicka scored 10 goals and 22 points in 22 games for Pardubice’s U18 team in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Although only 16 years of age, 6’3” and 187-pound forward Adam Ruzicka was very noticeable in a top-nine role for Slovakia at the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Banging his body into opponents whenever necessary, Ruzicka seemed to improve from game to game, quickly adjusting to the demands of international hockey. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia goaltender Jan Koziak

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Jan Koziak - Team Slovakia

Photo: HC Slovan Bratislava goaltender and 2016 prospect Jan Koziak appeared in 34 games for Bratislava’s U18 squad in 2014-15, posting a 2.26 goals-against average and .936 save percentage (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

After several Slovak goalies were taken in the most recent NHL Draft, it’s clear that Slovak goaltenders are rightfully getting a good amount of attention from the scouting community. Jan Koziak is widely considered one of the top Slovak goalies heading into next summer’s draft. He played the 2014-15 season with HC Slovan Bratislava’s U18 and U20 teams. Read more»

2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Samuel Solensky, Slovakia

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Samuel Solensky - Team Slovakia - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Slovakia forward Samuel Solensky competed for his country at the 2015 U18 World Championship, posting three points in five games at that tourney (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

For Team Slovakia captain Samuel Solensky, the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament has required him to be all he can be, and more. Leading an attack that few are expecting much from, he’s been the go-to guy for Slovakia head coach Anton Bartanus in every important situation. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Jakub Lacka, Slovakia

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Jakub Lacka - Team Slovakia - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Slovakia forward Jakub Lacka racked up 34 goals and 77 points in 38 games for HK Ružinov 99 Bratislava’s U18 club in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Of the two countries hosting the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Slovakia has struggled a bit more than the neighboring Czech Republic. The Slovaks have dropped a pair of games so far with a game against the winless USA squad coming up on Wednesday, while the Czech Republic got into the win column on Day 2 with a 5-3 victory over Switzerland. Read more»

2015 Ivan Hlinka Preview: Canada looks to continue domination of season’s first draft prospect showcase

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Tyler Benson - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward Tyler Benson will have the role of an alternate captain at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, as he did for the Canada Black squad at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

By June of 2016, a large number of the young men who will be participating in this week’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia will be the focus next year’s NHL Draft. The historical tournament will feature what are nominally considered the world’s eight best ice hockey nations divided into the following two groups: Read more»

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