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HC Slovan Bratislava

HC Slovan Bratislava
Slovan Bratislava Logo.svg
NicknameBelasí (the Sky Blues),
Orli (the Eagles)
CityBratislava, Slovakia
LeagueSlovak Extraliga
(1993-2012, 2019-present)
Founded1921
Home arenaOndrej Nepela Arena
(capacity 10,055)
ColoursDark blue, white, red
     
PresidentRudolf Hrubý
Head coachSlovakia Robert Döme
CaptainSlovakia Michal Sersen
Websitewww.hcslovan.sk

Hockey Club Slovan Bratislava (Slovak: Hokejový klub Slovan Bratislava) is a professional ice hockey club based in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2012, it left the Slovak Extraliga and joined the international Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). In 2019, it returned to the Tipsport Liga. The club has won eight Slovak championships (most recently in 2012), one Czechoslovak championship (1979) and two Slovak hockey league championships during World War II (1941 and 1942), making it the most successful hockey club in Slovak history before their biggest rival HC Ko?ice. The team plays its home games at Ondrej Nepela Arena, also known as Slovnaft Arena. The team is nicknamed Belasí, which means the "sky blues" in English.

History

The sports club Slovan Bratislava was founded in 1919 as a football club, then called 1.CsSK Bratislava. In 1921, a hockey section was founded as "CsSK hockey". It played its first game in December 1924 against Wiener EV from Vienna, losing 6-1. In 1948, the name of the club was changed to Slovan Bratislava, which has been kept until today.[1]

For many years following World War II, Slovan was the only Slovak representative in the highest Czechoslovak league, and achieved several second-place finishes in the championship. The only title in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League was achieved under coach Ladislav Horsky in the 1978-79 season. Additionally, the youth teams won several championships.[1]

After the separation of Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993, Slovan played in the Slovak Extraliga and won eight championship titles over 19 years.[1]

In addition to the success achieved in Slovakia, Slovan also performed well internationally, with three Spengler Cup wins in a row in 1972, 1973 and 1974. It is also one of only four clubs to play all four seasons of the European Hockey League, progressing to the playoff stage each year. Another highlight was winning the IIHF Continental Cup in the 2003-04 season. From 2011 to 2013, Slovan participated in the European Trophy international pre-season tournament.[1]

KHL

In March 2012, Slovan filed an application to play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[2] On 21 June 2012, Slovan Bratislava was officially admitted to the KHL, after they fulfilled all necessary conditions. Founded in 1921, they were the oldest KHL team by a large margin, as there were no ice hockey leagues in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics prior to 1946.[3]

2012-13 season

In May, Slovan signed Rostislav ?ada as the new head coach for the first KHL season, who had had a KHL experience from working at Avangard Omsk.[4] After playing two friendly matches against KHL teams and the European Trophy during the summer months, Slovan opened the 2012-13 season with a home game against Ukrainian HC Donbass on 6 September 2012, losing 2-4 in front of a capacity crowd. The first win was achieved 4 days later by defeating Spartak Moscow 2-1 after a shootout. During the NHL lockout between September 2012 and January 2013, the two defenders ?ubomír Viovský and Andrej Sekera enhanced the team. Slovan ended the season with 78 points as 6th of the Western conference and thus clinched a play-off spot in their first KHL season.[5] In the first play-off round, Slovan played against then-defending champion Dynamo Moscow and lost all four matches.

During the regular season, Slovan had sold out 25 out of its 26 home games with an average attendance of 9,977 spectators, which was the seventh-highest average attendance in Europe that season.[6]

Mascot

Before the start of 2013-14 season, it was announced that the franchise will have a new mascot called Harvy. The mascot's name was determined by fans and its appearance will be of a bald eagle, which is also on HC Slovan's logo.[7]

Rivalries

While competing in the Czechoslovak league, Slovan's main rival was HK Dukla Tren?ín. While competing in the Slovak Extraliga, Slovan had various rivals around the country, most notably HC Ko?ice and Tren?ín.

In Slovan's first two seasons in the KHL, its biggest rival was Lev Prague. The rivalry started when, in their first game, HC Lev's Zdeno Chára body-checked Slovan's team captain Miroslav ?atan, after which ?atan was out of the lineup for the rest of the season.[8] The fairness of this hit was the centre of many discussions. The games between Slovan and Lev were among the most anticipated of the season for both teams.[9] However, Lev Praha folded after the 2013-14 season.

Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last ten seasons completed by HC Slovan Bratislava. For the full season-by-season history, see List of HC Slovan Bratislava seasons.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime/Shootout Wins, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, L = Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W OTW OTL L Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2011-12 55 31 1 7 16 102 176 138 Slovak Extraliga Champions, 4-3 (HC Ko?ice)
2012-13 52 17 11 5 19 78 124 127 3rd, Bobrov
2013-14 54 15 9 4 26 67 120 160 6th, Bobrov Did not qualify
60 15 5 8 32 63 136 188 7th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2015-16 60 21 11 4 24 89 154 148 3rd, Bobrov Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 (CSKA Moscow)
2016-17 60 22 7 5 26 85 144 166 4th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2017-18 56 15 3 7 31 58 119 187 5th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2018-19 62 10 5 3 44 33 101 213 6th, Tarasov Did not qualify
2019-20 55 29 8 5 13 108 191 118 2nd, Extraliga Not held due to the coronavirus pandemic
2020-21 50 26 6 4 14 94 146 115 4th, Extraliga Lost in Semifinals, 1-4 (HKM Zvolen)

Honours

Domestic

Slovak Extraliga

Czechoslovak Extraliga

Slovak Hockey League

1st. Slovak National Hockey League

2nd. Czechoslovak Hockey League

International

IIHF European Cup

IIHF Continental Cup

Pre-season

Spengler Cup

  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners (3): 1972, 1973, 1974

Tatra Cup

  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners (5): 1974, 1975, 1990, 1997, 1998

Basel Summer Ice Hockey

  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 2010

Steel Cup

  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 2016

Rona Cup

  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 1998

Players

Current roster

Source: hcslovan.sk[10]Source: eliteprospects.com[11]As of June 8, 2021.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
31 Slovakia Richard Noskovi? G L 18 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
19 Slovakia Milan Kytnár C L 32 2019 Topoany, Czechoslovakia
37 Latvia Kristers Gud?evskis G L 28 2020 Aizkraukle, Latvia
81 Slovakia Jakub Suke? RW L 25 2020 Liptovský Mikulá?, Slovakia
32 Slovakia Ádam Beke G L 18 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
73 Slovakia Michal Be?o D L 19 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
49 Slovakia Samuel Taká? LW L 29 2021 Poprad, Czechoslovakia
20 Slovakia Peter Kundrík C L 22 2020 Poprad, Slovakia
3 Slovakia Martin ?tajnoch D R 30 2019 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
25 United States William Rapuzzi RW R 31 2021 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
24 Slovakia Tomá? Zigo C L 29 2019 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
Slovakia Samuel Hlavaj G L 20 2021 Martin, Slovakia
8 Slovakia Michal Sersen (C) D L 35 2012 Gelnica, Czechoslovakia
48 Slovakia Daniel Gachulinec D R 27 2021 Pova?ská Bystrica, Slovakia
47 Slovakia Dominik Jendek RW L 20 2019 Bratislava, Slovakia
23 Canada Brant Harris C R 31 2020 Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
98 Slovakia Andrej Golian D L 20 2021 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
12 Slovakia Jakub Urbánek C R 21 2019 Martin, Slovakia
70 Slovakia Adam Luko?ík C L 19 2020 Pre?ov, Slovakia
84 Finland Joona Jääskeläinen RW R 24 2021 Imatra, Finland
40 Slovakia Rastislav Ga?par C R 26 2020 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
44 Slovakia Juraj Valach D R 32 2020 Topoany, Czechoslovakia
26 Slovakia Tomá? Matou?ek RW L 29 2020 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
55 Canada Matthew MacKenzie D R 29 2021
5 Slovakia Patrik Ba?ík D L 26 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia
43 Slovakia Patrik Maier D L 24 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia
16 United States Andrew Yogan C L 29 2021 Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
72 Slovakia Luca Krakovský D L 16 2021 Slovakia

Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed season.[12]

  •  *  - current Slovan player

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Staff

Head coaches

These are the head coaches of HC Slovan Bratislava since they joined the Czechoslovak Extraliga:

Hall of Fame

The following players associated with HC Slovan Bratislava have been inducted in various Halls of Fame:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Name Category Inducted
Slovakia Peter astný Player 1998

IIHF Hall of Fame

The IIHF Hall of Fame is intended to honor individuals who have made valuable contributions both internationally and in their home countries.[13]

Name Category Inducted
Czech Republic Václav Nedomanský Player 1997
Slovakia Vladimír Dzurilla Player 1998
Slovakia Jozef Golonka Player 1998
Slovakia Ján Star?í Builder 1999
Slovakia Peter astný Player 2000

References

  1. ^ a b c d "História klubu" (in Slovak). hcslovan.sk. 1 September 2011. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012.
  2. ^ "The Slovakian candidate". khl.ru. 29 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Slovan získal definitívny súhlas na ?tart v KHL" (in Slovak). hcslovan.sk. 21 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Rostislav ?ada oficiálne novým hlavným trénerom" (in Slovak). HC Slovan. 2 May 2012. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Slovan sa do?kal, postúpil do play-off" (in Slovak). SME. 13 January 2013.
  6. ^ THE CALAMITY (25 February 2013). ?. (in Russian). sports.ru.
  7. ^ "Maskotom Slovana bude orliak Harvy" (in Slovak). Sport.sk. 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 5 September 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Slovan vyhral v derby nad Levom, Chára vyradil ?atana" (in Slovak). WebNoviny.sk. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "LEV and Slovan renew Czecho-Slovakian derby". HC Lev Praha. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "Team Roster / HC Slovan". www.hcslovan.sk. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "Team Roster / HC Slovan". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "HC Slovan Bratislava". EliteProspects.
  13. ^ "IIHF Hall of Fame inducts six new members". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010.

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