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06-25-2010, 12:54 PM
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The Slovak hockey federation gave out awards today for the leagues it organizes, which only means 1.liga žien (women´s league), 1.liga (2nd men´s league), U20 Extraliga, U18 Extraliga. Men´s Extraliga is organized by Pro Hokej, while the lower leagues at men´s, junior, U18 level and the ŠHT leagues for U12,U14 and U16 kids are organized by Western, Central and Eastern Slovakian federations.

1st women league All Stars:
Goalie: Jana Budajová (HK Poprad)
Deffense: Barbora Kežmarsá (HC Spišská Nová Ves), Nikola Balášová (HC Spišská Nová Ves)
Forwards: Mária Heichová (HK Poprad), Petra Pavlovičová (MHKž Martin), Janka Čulíková (HC Spišská Nová Ves)

Karol Fako award (U18 Extraliga regular season top scorer)
Martin Jakúbek (Dukla Trenčín)

Dušan Pašek award (U20 Exrealiga regular season top goal scorer)
Tomáš Sýkora (HC 05 Banská Bystrica)

1.liga Top players
Best goalie: Marek Šimko (HK Trnava)
Deffense: Branislav Kubka (HK Brezno)
Forward: Štefan Majerník (HC 46 Bardejov)

Fair Play Award- Michal Polóni Award
Miroslav Šatan for longstanding attitude towards the national team

"Literally a few hours after the elimination of his team Boston Bruins from the NHL play-offs, Miro boarded a plane and came to play for his country at the WC in Germany, despite knowing that he might only play two games... He didn´t mind the exhaustion from the hard Olympic season or the frustration from the elimination from the fights for the biggest club trophy in the world- he just came to play for his country!

The longstanding national team player is an example for all younger players in attitude towards representing his country. If health and the NHL status allowd him he always came to play for Slovakia- since 1994 he played in the jersey with the doublecross on the chest at four Olympics, 10 World Championships (B and C World Championships included) as well as two World Cups. As a captain he lead Slovakia to all it´s medals at the men´s level. With 71 goals he also is historically Slovakia´s best goal scorer since gaining idepedence, while his 131 national team starts put him behind only 5 players, who have played more NT games for Slovakia."

This also has some interesting info. Acc. to SZĽH there currently are 80 hockey clubs in Slovakia, 9 of whom had their membership pending in SZĽH until this point. More interestingly it also says that between May 1st 2009 and April 30th 2010 there were 852 new members registered with the federation. This number however might not be finals as not all teams have sent registrations for their new players yet. It´s nice to hear, but I think without knowing how many members on the other hand quit, it does not say too much. I suppose I´ll have to wait for the 2010 IIHF Survey of Players to get some real number of registered players.

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