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»

2016 NHL Draft: Big Finns Puljujarvi, Laine amongst top 2016 European prospects

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Jesse Puljujarvi - Finland; Dmitri Sokolov - Russia - 2016 NHL Draft

Photo: Karpat forward Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Omsk forward Dmitri Sokolov (R) are among the top forwards out of Europe for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft has come and gone. While most NHL teams and their fans are still pondering the possibilities of their new assets heading into the future, the next draft class from Europe is preparing itself for a big 2015-16 season, which at the moment has a number of extremely fascinating talents that scouts are very excited to see starting next month at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic. While some of these players may eventually wind up in North America as soon as this winter, fans may just see U.S. wunderkind Auston Matthews in a pro European jersey this winter, as well. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft Review: Kings’ selection Cernak the top Slovakia product in draft

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Matej Tomek - Philadelphia Flyers - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Topeka Roadrunners goaltender Matej Tomek, a third round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2015 NHL Draft, was the lone Slovakia-born goalie chosen in the draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

After a big year for Slovakian junior hockey in which the World Junior Championship team beat Sweden to take bronze, followed by the U18 club defeating Sweden 3-1 to kick off the 2015 U18 World Championship before slipping out of the tournament in the first round of the playoffs, there were naturally several players of interest to NHL teams at the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more»

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