2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Glimpse of a better future for Slovakia team tha
Photo: Team Slovakia forward and 2017 prospect Sam Bucek began the 2015-16 with Nitra MHC but elected to move to North America to play for the Chicago Steel of the USHL (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
</p>Slovakia’s entry at last spring’s IIHF U18 World Championship started its tournament off with a bang by defeating Sweden, 3-1, but the tournament went downhill from there. Although a victory over eventually relegated Germany allowed Slovakia to finish the preliminary round with two victories, their playoff performance looked like that of a team that didn’t belong there.
For better or worse, Head Coach Peter Mikula will only be able to lean on one returning veteran from last year’s team, center Samuel Solensky.… read more