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SO I thought it could be useful to have a thread about the Slovak WC team on here. Feel free to discuss.

Shedule

24.05.2009, 20:15, Slovakia - Hungary (Zürich-Kloten)
26.05.2009, 16:15, Slovakia - Belarus (Zürich-Kloten)
28.05.2009, 20:15, Canada - Slovakia (Berne)


A look at the roster how it looks now and possible additions:

Goalkeepers:
Rastislav Staňa (Severstaľ Čerepovec /KHL)
Ján Lašák (Moeller Pardubice/CZE)
Imrich Petrík (HC 05 Banská Bystrica/SVK)

Defenders:
Ivan Baranka (Spartak Moskva/KHL)
Jaroslav Obšut (Lulea HF/SEL)
Tomáš Starosta (Neftechimik Nižnekamsk/KHL)
Ivan Švarný (HC Litvínov/CZE)
René Vydarený (HC České Budějovice/CZE)
Dominik Graňák (Färjestads BK/SEL)
Kristián Kudroč (Södertälje SK/SEL)
Peter Smrek (HC Lassersberger Plzeň/CZE)


Forwards:
Milan Bartovič (HC Bílí Tigři Liberec/CZE)
Marcel Hossa (Dinamo Riga/KHL.)
Ladislav Nagy (Severstaľ Čerepovec/KHL)
Rastislav Pavlikovský (Sibir Novosibirsk/KHL)
Branko Radivojevič (Spartak Moskva/KHL)
Juraj Štefanka (HC Vítkovice Steel/KHL)
Tomáš Tatar (HKM Zvolen/SVK)
Roman Kukumberg (HC Slovan Bratislava/SVK)
Ľubomír Bartečko (Lulea HF/SEL)
Tomáš Surový (Linköping HC/SEL)
Juraj Mikúš (HK 36 Skalica/SVK)

Stefan Ruzicka (Spartak Moscow/KHL)???

Players who should or might be joining the team this or next week:

F Michal Handzuš (Los Angees Kings/NHL)
F Peter Olvecky (Minnesota Wild/NHL/Houston Aeros/AHL)
D Andrej Sekera (Buffalo Sabres/NHL)
D Boris Valábik (Atlanta Trashers/NHL)

F Stanislav Gron (HC Košice/SVK)
F Jiri Bicek (Biel/NLA)



Possible additions after Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Play-offs:
G Jaroslav Halák (Montreal Canadiens)
D Zdeno Chára (Boston Bruins)
D Milan Jurčina (Washington Capitals)
F Marián Hossa (Detroit Red Wings)
F Tomáš Kopecký (Detroit Red Wings)
F Pavol Demitra (Vancouver Canucks)

Well, most of them seem very unlikely, but all have displayed interest in playing if....The only thing that we can be sure about right now, is that either Chara or Halák will be available, so it looks like Halák will be joining the team.

Notables not playing:
G Peter Budaj (Colorado Avalanche/NHL)
D Richard Lintner (Dynamo Minsk/KHL)
D Ľubomír Višnovský (Edmonton Oilers/NHL)
D Andrej Meszároš (Tampa Bay Lightning/NHL)
D Peter Podhradský (Nižnij Novgorod/KHL)
D Radoslav Suchý (ZSC Lions/NLA)
F Žigmund Pálffy (HK 36 Skalica/SVK)
F Jozef Stumpel (Barys Astana/KHL)
F Peter Sejna (ZSC Lions/NLA)
F Juraj Kolník (Servette Ženeva/NLA)
F Marek Svatoš (Colorado Avalanche/NHL)
F Martin Cibák (Södertälje/SEL)
F Richard Zedník (Florida Panthers/NHL)
F Marian Gaborik(Minnesota Wild/NHL)

Prepearation games:

3. April 2009/Skalica
Slovakia- Czech Republic 4:1
14. Bartovič (M. Macho, J. Valach)
16. Marcel Hossa (Rastislav Pavlikovský, L. Nagy)
20. Surový (Bulík, Bartečko)
42. Kvapil (Mikeska)
50. Bartečko (Bulík, Surový)
SOG:35-14
PIM: 10:12

4.April 2009/Trenčín
Slovakia-Czech Republic 5:1 (4:0,1:1,0:0)
05:46 SVK 1:0 41 Štefan Ružička (7 Ivan Baranka, 43 Jaroslav Obšut) EQ
06:49 SVK 2:0 27 Ladislav Nagy (81 Marcel Hossa) EQ
07:19 SVK 3:0 23 Ľuboš Bartečko (26 Tomáš Surový, 18 Tomáš Bulík) EQ
19:40 SVK 4:0 81 Marcel Hossa (19 Rastislav Pavlikovský, 21 Richard Stehlík) EQ
32:44 CZE 4:1 14 Petr Vampola (16 Frantisek Lukes, 71 Tomas Netik) PP1
39:31 SVK 5:1 41 Štefan Ružička (20 Juraj Štefanka) SH1
SOG:38-23
PIM:14:12

9.April/Skalica
Slovakia- Norway 5:215:52 SVK 1:0 41 Štefan Ružička (7 Ivan Baranka) EQ
32:17 SVK 2:0 41 Štefan Ružička (7 Ivan Baranka, 43 Jaroslav Obšut) EQ
33:18 NOR 2:1 24 Andreas Martinsen (8 Mads Hansen) PP1
34:44 SVK 3:1 16 Roman Kukumberg (92 Branko Radivojevič) EQ
35:37 SVK 4:1 17 Michal Macho (10 Milan Bartovič, 20 Juraj Štefanka) EQ
54:19 SVK 5:1 27 Ladislav Nagy (19 Rastislav Pavlikovský) PP1
55:50 NOR 5:2 48 Mats Zuccarello Aasen PS
SOG:36-21
PIM: 8:12

10.April/Trenčín
Slovakia-Norway 5:1
01:00 SVK 1:0 20 Juraj Štefanka (12 Ivan Švarný, 29 René Vydarený) PP1
10:40 SVK 2:0 10 Milan Bartovič (29 René Vydarený, 20 Juraj Štefanka) PP1
27:18 SVK 3:0 18 Tomáš Bulík (26 Tomáš Surový, 22 Tomáš Tatar) EQ
34:05 SVK 4:0 27 Ladislav Nagy (22 Tomáš Tatar, 18 Tomáš Bulík) EQ
49:43 NOR 4:1 21 Morten Ask (41 Patrick Thoresen, 20 Ken Andre Olimb) EQ
54:18 SVK 5:1 81 Marcel Hossa (92 Branko Radivojevič, 27 Ladislav Nagy) PP2
SOG:44-12
PIM:6:16

16.April/Riga, Latvia
Latvia-Slovakia 2-4
13:28 Marcel Hossa (Lubos Bartecko, Juraj Stefanka)
19:40 Aleksandrs Nizivijs (Aigars Cipruss, Martins Cipulis)
23:24 Tomas Tatar (Michal Macho, Tomas Surovy)
31:21 Ivan Svarny (Rene Vydareny, Ivan Baranka) PP1
48.42 Rodrigo Lavins (Guntis Dzerins, Aigars Cipruss)
58:36 Branko Radevojevic (Ladislav Nagy)
SOG:24-32
PIM: 14-20

17.April/ Riga, Latvia
Latvia- Slovakia 3:2OT
3. Mikúš (Radivojevič)
6. Niživijs
45.Obšut (Radivojevič, Hossa)
51. Jekimovs (Džerinš)
64. Cipulis (Niživijs)
SOG:28:34
PIM:LAT 7x2 + 3x25, SVK 10x2 + 3x25,

Final nomination:

Goaltenders: Rastislav Staňa (Severstaľ Čerepovec /Rus.), Ján Lašák (Moeller Pardubice/ČR), Imrich Petrík (HC 05 Banská Bystrica).

Defensemen: Ivan Baranka (Spartak Moskva/Rus.), Jaroslav Obšut (Lulea HF/Švéd.), Ivan Švarný (HC Litvínov/ČR), René Vydarený (HC České Budějovice/ČR), Peter Smrek (HC Lassersberger Plzeň/ČR), Dominik Graňák (Färjestad/Švéd.), Andrej Sekera (Buffalo Sabres), Boris Valábik (Atlanta Thrashers)

Forwards: Milan Bartovič (HC Bílí Tigři Liberec/ČR), Marcel Hossa (Dinamo Riga/Lot.), Michal Macho (MHC Martin), Ladislav Nagy (Severstaľ Čerepovec/Rus.), Rastislav Pavlikovský (Sibir Novosibirsk/Rus.), Branko Radivojevič, Štefan Ružička (both Spartak Moskva/Rus.), Juraj Štefanka (HC Vítkovice Steel/ČR), Ľubomír Bartečko (Lulea HF/Švéd.), Tomáš Surový (Linköpings HC/Švéd.), Juraj Mikúš (HK 36 Skalica), Jiří Bicek (EHC Biel/Švajč.), Peter Ölvecký (Minnesota Wild), Michal Handzuš (Los Angeles Kings)

Substitute: Tomas Tatar (Hkm Zvolen)




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Players who should be joining the team this or next week:

F Richard Zedník (Florida Panthers/NHL)
Richard Zednik will not play for Team Slovakia due to personal reasons.

Source: http://www.denniksport.sk/clanok?id=73548

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Source: http://www.denniksport.sk/clanok?id=73548
yeah, I just found out, sounds kind of mysterious

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yeah, I just found out, sounds kind of mysterious
Do you know what might be the reason?

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Do you know what might be the reason?
I have no idea, the most logical reason would probably be the fact that he´ll be UFA in July, but they made it sound as if it was something different. Here the quotes from the NT coach: "It´s not just about Zednik´s insurance, there is a new moment as well. He has a grave persoanl problem,which helds him from joining the team. I can´t specify it. It´s definitive, there´s no chance that he´ll come to represent."

EDIT: According to Sport this is how the line-up should look in the two games against Latvia:
Staňa (Lašák) - Kudroč, Smrek, Graňák, Obšut, Vydarený, Baranka, Starosta, Švarný - Bartovič, Pavlikovský, Nagy - Radivojevič, Mikúš, Ružička - Bartečko, Kukumberg, Hossa - Surový, Macho, Štefanka - Tatar

Interesting to see Mikúš between R+R, they must be pretty serious about his role at the WC, I mean Ružička has been our best forward so far in the exhibition games.


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According to this http://www.goerieblogs.com/sports/shootout/?p=776 Jaroslav Janus is supposed to join and train with the NT, but there has been nothing said about this by the Slovak coach or media.

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I think today was a devastatingly bad day for the national team. I never really expected Gaborik to play anyhow, but the loss of the Stefan Ruzicka is a real punch to the stomach. I am not sure how Slovakia is going to replace his goals. There will be a lot of pressure now I think on Marcel Hossa.

What is interesting is that I now think Tomas Tatar will make this team. Imagine that, an 18 year old forward on the World Championship roster.

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I think today was a devastatingly bad day for the national team. I never really expected Gaborik to play anyhow, but the loss of the Stefan Ruzicka is a real punch to the stomach. I am not sure how Slovakia is going to replace his goals. There will be a lot of pressure now I think on Marcel Hossa.

What is interesting is that I now think Tomas Tatar will make this team. Imagine that, an 18 year old forward on the World Championship roster.
Could it get any worse, eh?? I don´t really care about Gaborik anymore, we all knew that he wouldn´t play anyway, but it´s really sad to see someone like Ruzicka who really wanted to play to get injured
I don´t see anyone on that roster who could replace his scoring, I= d like to be wrong, but.......

And regarding Tatar, well it is not such a long time that it actually happened that we had an 18 year old on our WC roster, Andrej Meszaros played in the Czech republic in 2004
But my guess is that if Tatar gets a spoto´, then it is the 13th forward. Though definitely impressed more by him than by Juraj Mikus, I don´t really understand how can somebody, who plays really great for his club be so tragic for the NT.

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Where's Krizan?

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Where's Krizan?
My guess is that there was no need for him as the 3rd goalie.....

On a better note, it is still possible that Stefan Ruzicka might play at the WC, he´s feeling better and should be visiting a doctor in Bratislava on Monday and we´ll know more about the severity of his injury then. So now everybody oray that Pišta is alright.

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Peter Olvecky of the Minnesota Wild is joining the team. He is useful in preventing goals, but Slovakia right now requires players that can score goals. I would much prefer centre Marek Zagrapan, but he is busy in the AHL playoffs.

I think Andrej Sekera is perhaps the most important player on the team. He is a terric skater, and an important part of the powerplay. Slovakia does not have many Dmen of his quality.

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Peter Olvecky of the Minnesota Wild is joining the team. He is useful in preventing goals, but Slovakia right now requires players that can score goals. I would much prefer centre Marek Zagrapan, but he is busy in the AHL playoffs.
Source? Olvecky would be nice to see in Switzerland.

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Source? Olvecky would be nice to see in Switzerland.
http://hokej.sme.sk/c/4396233/gabori...e-olvecky.html

-first paragraph translated to English:

General Manager Peter Bondra claims that Gaborik was looking forwards to the WC. The team is minus Minnesota Wild forward Marian Gaborik and an unexpected injury to Stefan Ruzicka during action with the NT. General Manager Peter Bondra had a busy schedule yesterday at his home in Washington. From Minnesota he received a yes for forward Peter Olvecky. From Riga there is hope that Ruzicka's shoulder could be put back together.

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-first paragraph translated to English:

General Manager Peter Bondra claims that Gaborik was looking forwards to the WC. The team is minus Minnesota Wild forward Marian Gaborik and an unexpected injury to Stefan Ruzicka during action with the NT. General Manager Peter Bondra had a busy schedule yesterday at his home in Washington. From Minnesota he received a yes for forward Peter Olvecky. From Riga there is hope that Ruzicka's shoulder could be put back together.

I think we have a new fan favourite in Ruzicka. Here the quotes from him: "I don´t think about anything else and from the first moment after the colision I never thought that I should miss the WC in Switzerland."
"It would be a sports tragedy for me! Ad I wouldn´t want to go through that...."
Source:http://www.denniksport.sk/clanok?id=73806
But as much as I want him to play, I hope he doesn´t decide to play if the injury is serious, I mean he isway too young to ruin his career because of one WC.

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Maybe the NT team will be inspired by young Tomas Jurco of the U18 team who is trying to carry the U18 program on his shoulders despite the rest of the team not really caring. Good luck to the U18 team this evening against Switzerland.

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Maybe the NT team will be inspired by young Tomas Jurco of the U18 team who is trying to carry the U18 program on his shoulders despite the rest of the team not really caring. Good luck to the U18 team this evening against Switzerland.
Good for Jurco, but if they don´t at least get a point against the Swiss and Germany defeats Norway with what they shouldn´t have a problem, Jurco will be showing us his skills next year in Division 1.
Btw, I would be interested who chooses the players of the game at the U18, Adam Janosik got the award in the game against Russia when he was a -3 and now Peter Sisiovsky who did have 10 shots, but didn´tmanage to score gets it over Jurco (2+2,+3,6shots)


And if the NT should take inspiration rom somewhere, then it should definitely rather be the Cinderella run of the U20 team.


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Hmm, Tomas Tatar did not make the team. He is the first replacement in the event of injury, i.e. Stefan Ruzicka will have more info about his shoulder on Monday. I didn't realize Jiri Bicek was being considered, so his inclusion was a bit of a surprise for me.

By the way, in U18 if SVK gets one point against Switzerland and Germany gets 3 against Norway, does Germany win the tiebreak with Slovakia on the basis of a shootout victory? That is kind of silly really.

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Hmm, Tomas Tatar did not make the team. He is the first replacement in the event of injury, i.e. Stefan Ruzicka will have more info about his shoulder on Monday. I didn't realize Jiri Bicek was being considered, so his inclusion was a bit of a surprise for me.

By the way, in U18 if SVK gets one point against Switzerland and Germany gets 3 against Norway, does Germany win the tiebreak with Slovakia on the basis of a shootout victory? That is kind of silly really.
A lil bit disappointed about Tatar, I mean he is young but come on Macho over him? It is probably only because Macho is a cente. Though Macho won´t probably be playing anyway.

I think there is a big probability that Tatar will get in because of Ruzicka, but if that happens we are doomed.

About the U18 team, they need at least to win in OT against the Swiss if they want to stay in the elite division. I´m intrigued to see what will happen after they come home from the US. the U18 to 1.liga?

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Sorry I am off topic, but it is my final words on the U18 team. It is amazing to me, so many relegation games over the past 15 years of Slovak hockey, and not once has SVK ever been relegated at any level. They seem best in the world at staying alive.

Judging from statistics, today's big win over Switzerland was because of the play of Juraj Holly.

I am not sure what to say of this team. They were terrible. I'm not sure what the cause of that was. The three North American based players (perhaps Bortnak is an exception) were really bad. Hrivik didn't do as much as I thought. Same for Stastny. Perhaps the best player on the team was a guy who would have been born in 1993 if he was born 2-3 days later. With Jurco, Slovakia appears to have another great forward in the making.

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Sorry I am off topic, but it is my final words on the U18 team. It is amazing to me, so many relegation games over the past 15 years of Slovak hockey, and not once has SVK ever been relegated at any level. They seem best in the world at staying alive.

Judging from statistics, today's big win over Switzerland was because of the play of Juraj Holly.

I am not sure what to say of this team. They were terrible. I'm not sure what the cause of that was. The three North American based players (perhaps Bortnak is an exception) were really bad. Hrivik didn't do as much as I thought. Same for Stastny. Perhaps the best player on the team was a guy who would have been born in 1993 if he was born 2-3 days later. With Jurco, Slovakia appears to have another great forward in the making.
Well the U20 team came the closest to relegation in 2007 and that´s where the turnaround with the U20 team started (winning the RR without a problem in 2008 and now the 4th place this year)

But there was somethin really weird about this U18 team, I mean they obviously aren´t as good as CAN, USA, SWE, RUS or FIN, but come on 2-7, 0-12,0-7?? that is just too much. I have heard some rumors that they´re thinking about putting the U18 team into 1.liga, maybe that would be a good idea and it would have more continuity with the U20 team, but it´s just short term solution.

There should be finally done something systematic. Where are the 10 small arenas like MG rink that were supposed to be built after the 2002 WC? Why in hell are the kids forced to take shifts exactly after one minute until they are 14?? How many NHL players did grow up in Italy thanks to this oh so great system?? Why are only kids of rich parents playing hockey?? And why is there nepotism even in the junior national teams?? Why don´t we have events like Orange Minihokej tour for the 4th graders more often?? Why don´t we have our coaches learning from the Canadien and now Swedisch coaches who are the best in growing young talent?? Why isn´t something done about the level of Slovak junior league to stop the exodus to Czech junior/CHL?? And why isn´t the number legionars in Slovnaft Extraliga team limited to a certain number? The clubs would think twice than about playing A Czech player who would have toruble playing in Czech 1.liga over a talented juniorfrom their own system. And that is just a small amount of things that need to be changed.

About Jurco, looking at his stats 5pts(2g,3a),+/-0,2PIM,18shots in 6 games, it´s quiet good considering he´s almost two years younger than most players. It seems that we have at least some high-end forward prospects in the early 90´s- Tatar, Panik, Pulis and now Jurco, it is at least something. Considering the fact that Jurco finished among the top 20 of the U20 league scoring I´m hoping that he´ll at least get a tryout with the U20 team.

Also about Holly, my guess is that he probably detroyed his chance of getting drafted this June despite a good performance against Switzerland (once again it´s not him who gets the player of the game award)
5G 5.75GAA 85.35% this is not what the numbers of the 3rd ranked goalie among European goaltenders should look.

BTW you might have noticed that M.Preisinger and F. Janosik did not play in the last two games and the reason for this is that they supposedly brought prostitutes to their hotel room


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Great news today for team Slovakia...Stefan Ruzicka will be playing at the WC
Thank you, Stefan
Though too bad for Tatar

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looking forward to seeing how this team does at the WC..

also best of luck to my good friend Jan Lasak!

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Great news today for team Slovakia...Stefan Ruzicka will be playing at the WC
Thank you, Stefan
Though too bad for Tatar
Who will the 4 centres for the team be? I know probably Handzus, Mikus, and Pavlikovsky. Not sure of the fourth.

It is interesting that none of the four centres from last year's team are back (Robert Petrovicky, Andrej Kollar, Andrej Podkonicky, and Peter Huzevka).

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Maybe Olvecky will be the 4th center. He played in center role few times in Minnesota Wild.

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Maybe Olvecky will be the 4th center. He played in center role few times in Minnesota Wild.
That would be perhaps a waste, the fourth line plays 5-7 minutes per game.

*If* I were the coach, I would try something like this:

Radivojevic-Mikus-Ruzicka
Bartecko-Handzus-Nagy
Olvecky-Pavlikovsky-Hossa

-fourth line I am not sure, some combination of Bartovic, Surovy, Bicek, Stefanka, Macho.

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