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04-14-2010, 07:29 AM
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Slovakia at the 2010 World Championship

Goalies:
Rastislav Staňa (Severstal Čerepovec/KHL) 10.01.1980
Peter Hamerlík (HC Oceláři Třinec/CZE) 02.01.1982

Deffense:
Dominik Graňák (Rögle BK,SEL) 11.06.1983
René Vydarený (Sparta Praha/CZE) 06.05.1981
Tomáš Starosta (Neftechimik Nižnekamsk/KHL) 20.05.1981
Richard Lintner (Dinamo Minsk/KHL) 15.11.1977
Juraj Valach (HKm Zvolen/SVK) 01.02.1989
Ivan Švarný (HC Litvínov/CZE) 30.10.1984
Peter Frühauf (HC 05 B. Bystrica/SVK) 15.08.1982
Martin Gründling (HK 36 Skalica/SVK) 13.02.1987
Tomáš Slovák (Avtomobilist Jekaterinburg/KHL) 05.04.1983
Vladimír Mihálik (Norfolk Admirals/AHL) 29.01.1987
Ivan Majeský (Skelleftea/SEL) 2.09.1976

Forwards:
Tomáš Záborský (Ässät Pori/SM-liiga) 14.11.1987
Marek Zagrapan (Severstal Čerepovec/KHL) 06.12.1986
Tomáš Jaško (SaiPa Lapperanta/SM-liiga) 09.12.1983
Michal Chovan (HKm Zvolen/SVK) 23.11.1987
Miroslav Zálešák (HK36 Skalica/SVK) 02.01.1980
Ivan Čiernik (Kölner Haie/DEL) 30.10.1977
Roman Tománek (HC 05 B. Bystrica/SVK) 28.01.1986
Tomáš Bulík (HC 05 B. Bystrica/SVK) 27.08.1985
Tomáš Tatar (Grand Rapids Griffins/AHL) 01.12.1990
Marek Bartánus (MHK 32 L. Mikuláš/SVK) 13.02.1987
Dávid Buc (HK ŠKP Poprad/SVK) 22.01.1987
Radoslav Tybor (Dukla Trenčín/SVK) 23.11.1989
Richard Pánik (Norfolk Admirals/AHL) 07.20.1991

Former Belarus coach Glen Hanlon has been named Slovakia´s head coach since the start of April. This is the roster for this week´s training camp and two games against Czech republic on Friday and Saturday. Very few of this players will actually play at the WHC in Germany as most KHLers will join the team later, there also will be some players from the two finalists in the Slovak league etc. As for the NHLers, Andrej Meszaros and Marian Gaborik will not play for Slovakia. As for those who are still in play-offs, Zdeno Chara told Peter Bondra that he will play in Germany if Boston gets out of play-offs.

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Will one Peter budaj be going?

His season as a backup was not very inspirational.

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Will one Peter budaj be going?

His season as a backup was not very inspirational.
Yes, so are Marek Svatoš and Andrej Sekera, IMO neither of them had a greta season as well, but hopefully it will mean additional motivation for the WHC from them. Furthermore Michal Handzuš will decide until the end of the week and Roman Kukumberg of the KHL champions, who was sheduled to join the team is injured and is questionable.

Current roster:
Goalies:

Peter Budaj (Colorado Avalanche/NHL) 18.09.1982
Rastislav Staňa (Severstal Čerepovec/KHL) 10.01.1980
Peter Hamerlík (HC Oceláři Třinec/CZE) 02.01.1982
Branislav Konrád (HC Slovan Bratislava/SVK) 10.10.1987

Deffense:
Dominik Graňák (Rögle BK,SEL) 11.06.1983
Tomáš Starosta (Neftechimik Nižnekamsk/KHL) 20.05.1981
Richard Lintner (Dinamo Minsk/KHL) 15.11.1977
Ivan Švarný (HC Litvínov/CZE) 30.10.1984
Peter Frühauf (HC 05 B. Bystrica/SVK) 15.08.1982
Tomáš Slovák (Avtomobilist Jekaterinburg/KHL) 05.04.1983
Vladimír Mihálik (Norfolk Admirals/AHL) 29.01.1987
Andrej Sekera (Buffalo Sabres/NHL) 08.06.1986
Ivan Majeský (Skelleftea/SEL) 02.09.1976

Forwards:
Marek Zagrapan (Severstal Čerepovec/KHL) 06.12.1986
Michal Chovan (HKm Zvolen/SVK) 23.11.1987
Miroslav Zálešák (HK36 Skalica/SVK) 02.01.1980
Ivan Čiernik (Kölner Haie/DEL) 30.10.1977
Tomáš Bulík (HC 05 B. Bystrica/SVK) 27.08.1985
Tomáš Tatar (Grand Rapids Griffins/AHL) 01.12.1990
Marek Bartánus (MHK 32 L. Mikuláš/SVK) 13.02.1987
Richard Pánik (Norfolk Admirals/AHL) 07.20.1991
Vladimír Dravecký (HC Košice/SVK) 03.06.1985
Stanislav Gron (HC Košice/SVK) 28.10.1978
Rastislav Špriko (HC Pardubice/CZE) 21.06.1984
Marek Svatoš (Colorado Avalanche/NHL) 17.06.1982
Milan Bartovič (Bíli Tigři Liberec/CZE) 09.04.1981
Anrej Podkonický (Bíli Tigři Liberec/CZE) 09.05.1978
Marcel Haščák (HK ŠKP Poprad/SVK) 03.02.1987

Exhibition games:
Czech republic- Slovakia 6-2

SVK goals: Záborský 2x

Czech republic- Slovakia 3-2 (0-1,1-0,2-1)
17. 0-1 Tománek (Zálešák)
60. 2-2 Pánik (Tatar)
PIM:5x2-4x2

Slovakia-Switzerland 3-2 (2-0,0-1,1-1)

10:12 1-0 Milan Bartovič/Ivan Švárny,Andrej Podkonický PP1
14:55 2-0 Roman Tománek/Marek Zagrapan
53:24 3-1 Tomáš Tatar/Michal Macho,Tomáš Záborský

PIM:4x2-8x2 SOG:31-34 Att:396

Line-up: Staňa - Ivan Majeský, Starosta, Lintner, Švarný, T. Slovák, V. Mihálik, P. Frühauf - Pánik, Zagrapan, Zálešák - Čiernik, Podkonický, Bartovič - M. Bartánus, Bulík, Tománek - Záborský, Macho, Tatar

Germany-Slovakia 2-3 OT (1-2,0-0,1-0,-0-1)
04:59 Marek Zagrapan/Ivan Čiernik,Ivan Švárny PP
12:28 Michal Chovan/Tomáš Bulík,Marcel Haščák
61:10 Andrej Podkonický
SOG:29-22

Hamerlík - Ivan Majeský, Starosta, Lintner, Graňák, T. Slovák, V. Mihálik, P. Frühauf, Švarný - Bartovič, Podkonický, Zálešák - Pánik, Zagrapan, Čiernik - Tatar, Macho, Záborský - Marcel Haščák, Bulík, Michal Chovan

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Cool, thanks for the updates!

Any word on defenders Meszaros, Visnovsky, and Strbak?

Milan Jurcina was still "out indefinitely" this week, any chance he will play at the WC?

Without these guys on D, (not to mention lacking Chara, at least for the prelims), I think this team has a huge hole on the back end.

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Hopefully Tatar steps up his game.

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Cool, thanks for the updates!

Any word on defenders Meszaros, Visnovsky, and Strbak?

Milan Jurcina was still "out indefinitely" this week, any chance he will play at the WC?

Without these guys on D, (not to mention lacking Chara, at least for the prelims), I think this team has a huge hole on the back end.
Jurcina was still a month away last week, so he is out. Strbak retired from the National team after the Olympics. Visnovsky has a broken hand and will not play. Meszaros not sure. Don't think he is going. (Injuries)

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Jurcina was still a month away last week, so he is out. Strbak retired from the National team after the Olympics. Visnovsky has a broken hand and will not play. Meszaros not sure. Don't think he is going. (Injuries)
Players who declined the invite:
Ľubo Višňovský- know he´s injured, but he declined even before he broke his hand
Andrej Meszároš- some injury trouble
Marián Gáborík- tired
Jozef Stumpel- long season
Branko Radivojevič- family reasons
Martin Cibák- not fit psychically after the season
Štefan Ružička- this guy felt that he´d have to fight for his chance on the team, so he deided not to come We all hope to never see you on any NT again, Štefan.
Ivan Baranka- some trouble with knee, wasn´t supposed to be final, but looks final right now
Marcel Hossa- without a contract for next season, also was supposed to be questionable, but probably same as Baranla
Rudolf Huna- injured in Slovak Extraliga finals
Radovan Somík- played with an injury in Czech finals
Ľuboš Bartečko- family

Still waiting for an answer
Michal Handzuš- took a few days to decide whether he feels for the WHC after a long season, currently 50%-50% chances acc. to an interview in Šport yesterday
Martin Štrbák- yeah, he did retire from the NT, but someone from the NT managment mentioned in Šport this week that it´s still possible that he´d play at the WHC
Roman Kukumberg- injured in KHL finals, but should have some examination today and then we´ll see whether he is fit for the WHC

Never mentioned players
Juraj Kolník
Peter Sejna
Milan Jurčina- I suppose still injured

Anyway, the biggest surprise so far is that Roman Tománek and especially Tomáš Záborský were sent home after last week´s game while guys like Haščák and Chovan are still with the team.


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Players who declined the invite:

Marián Gáborík- tired

Never mentioned players
Juraj Kolník
Peter Sejna
I think Gaborik was ready to come but he didn't pass Rangers' medical tests.

Why didn't Hanlon invite Peter Podhradsky, Peter Smrek, Ladislav Nagy, Juraj Kolnik or Peter Sejna?

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Cool, thanks for the updates!

Any word on defenders Meszaros, Visnovsky, and Strbak?

Milan Jurcina was still "out indefinitely" this week, any chance he will play at the WC?

Without these guys on D, (not to mention lacking Chara, at least for the prelims), I think this team has a huge hole on the back end.
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Hopefully Tatar steps up his game.
Yes, the deffense is what we all are scared of. Even if Budaj was to fail as the goalie, Staňa had a succesful season, so he probably could step in and we´re probably gonna mix somethin offensively. Not that there aren´t some experienced and some young and some D with a succesful season (Graňák), but most of them have a few problems: a, they´re mainly good offensively- Lintner IMO, b, they tend to suck in the NT- Graňák, hopefully he can take his WHC 2006 form from the closet. Funny thing is that even though I am more concerned about the D, our deffenmen for the most part seem to be playing the better leagues than the forwards.

Anyway, the forwrads will have to play deffensively as well and we already got good training on deffense having played averagely like 10 times on the PK a game. Hopefully we will get rid of that typical Slovak habit before the WHC start.

It would help if Štrbák said yes and from this point of view it would be great to get Handzuš as well. Plus this team also needsa great leader for the young players, there´s Lintner of course, and we all know how funny he is and how he keeps the atmosphere alive in the team and all, but he can´t really match Handzuš in team leading.

Despite all of this, I am staying positive and expect a much better finish than the last two seasons, because it seems to be improbable to me that it would be possible to play any worse than last year. Especially if the players are motivated to play unlike many of those players last year, because for many of these players it is once in a life time opportunity or first ever opprtunity at such a big stage.

And the last two exhibition games seem to be showinf positive signs, IMO we beat Germany after three years and it has been a while since we beat the Swiss as well and in all cases we played with a "better on paper" Euro line-up than this one.

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I think Gaborik was ready to come but he didn't pass Rangers' medical tests.

Why didn't Hanlon invite Peter Podhradsky, Peter Smrek, Ladislav Nagy, Juraj Kolnik or Peter Sejna?
Yeah, he had some slight injury trouble during the season and also after the recommendation of the team doctor decided not to play.

No word on Kolník or Sejna, co can´t say. Nagy, I hope you´re kidding, we are all happy that with Filc he´s gone too, he hasn´t played anything at any stage for a few years now, no need for players like that.

Podhradský, Smrek they were never mentioned, and although I don´t really like the deffense coprs on this team much, still wouldn´t want to see Smrek there. I think Podhradský said no last year, maybe he still doesn´t want to play this year.

Anyway, it wasn´t even up to Hanlon much, whom he calls up as Filc and co. did a list for him as he doesn´t know the players yet, so i suppose you better ask that Mr. Filc and Bondra.

But really, you have to understand that we´re going through a rebuilt, so for the most part I don´t care why those players didn´t get an invite, especially since it looks like we´ve got someone who is willing to give young players ice-time on the big stage and not only (with all respect to Mr. Filc´s achievments, but he failed at this one) give them 4-5 minutes in a Deutschland Cup game and say they´re not good enough and take the whole old Euro crew to the WHC.

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Yes, the deffense is what we all are scared of. Even if Budaj was to fail as the goalie, Staňa had a succesful season, so he probably could step in and we´re probably gonna mix somethin offensively. Not that there aren´t some experienced and some young and some D with a succesful season (Graňák), but most of them have a few problems: a, they´re mainly good offensively- Lintner IMO, b, they tend to suck in the NT- Graňák, hopefully he can take his WHC 2006 form from the closet. Funny thing is that even though I am more concerned about the D, our deffenmen for the most part seem to be playing the better leagues than the forwards.

Anyway, the forwrads will have to play deffensively as well and we already got good training on deffense having played averagely like 10 times on the PK a game. Hopefully we will get rid of that typical Slovak habit before the WHC start.

It would help if Štrbák said yes and from this point of view it would be great to get Handzuš as well. Plus this team also needsa great leader for the young players, there´s Lintner of course, and we all know how funny he is and how he keeps the atmosphere alive in the team and all, but he can´t really match Handzuš in team leading.

Despite all of this, I am staying positive and expect a much better finish than the last two seasons, because it seems to be improbable to me that it would be possible to play any worse than last year. Especially if the players are motivated to play unlike many of those players last year, because for many of these players it is once in a life time opportunity or first ever opprtunity at such a big stage.

And the last two exhibition games seem to be showinf positive signs, IMO we beat Germany after three years and it has been a while since we beat the Swiss as well and in all cases we played with a "better on paper" Euro line-up than this one.
Your best bet is to hope the Bruins lose sooner rather than later and that Chara is ready for the elimination games.

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Your best bet is to hope the Bruins lose sooner rather than later and that Chara is ready for the elimination games.
Yes, it is, the problem is we need to get into the elimination games first. Not a very succesful record of doing that for us recently.

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Wow, kudos to Chara for giving a straight answer whether he'll come or not if his team gets eliminated. I wish Swedish players could do that once in a while :

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Wow, kudos to Chara for giving a straight answer whether he'll come or not if his team gets eliminated. I wish Swedish players could do that once in a while :
Thanks to Miro "the Hero" Satan playing his most inspired hockey in years, it will be weeks before the Boston Bruins are eliminated.

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Miro Šatan is a classy guy. All luck to him.

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Interesting comeback victory for SVK today in their penultimate tuneup game for the World Championships. Slovakia was down 3-0 early in the second period: Former Tampa Lightning forward Martins Karsums circled the Slovak net early in the game and his centering pass was kicked into the net by Slovak defender Peter Fruhauf. Dzerins surprised Stana with a shot on a 2 on 1 early in the second period to make it 2-0. Half a minute later Pecura managed to make it 3-0 despite being fouled by a Slovak player (I think Tomas Tatar). That was it for Latvia.

Team captain Richard Lintner put the puck between the pads of Masalskis during a 4 on 3 powerplay to make it 3-1. Podkonicky from a nice pass from Bartovic scored his 10th goal for SVK in his 40th game to make it 3-2. Zagrapan tied the game at 3s and Ivan Majesky scored the winner on a 2-on-1 with Banska Bystrica forward Tomas Bulik.

In 5 exhibition games Marek Zagrapan has accumulated two goals and three assists. Andrej Podkonicky has two goals and an assist and Riso Panik has a goal and two assists over those five games. Budaj, Sekera, and Svatos have yet to play.

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Interesting comeback victory for SVK today in their penultimate tuneup game for the World Championships. Slovakia was down 3-0 early in the second period: Former Tampa Lightning forward Martins Karsums circled the Slovak net early in the game and his centering pass was kicked into the net by Slovak defender Peter Fruhauf. Dzerins surprised Stana with a shot on a 2 on 1 early in the second period to make it 2-0. Half a minute later Pecura managed to make it 3-0 despite being fouled by a Slovak player (I think Tomas Tatar). That was it for Latvia.

Team captain Richard Lintner put the puck between the pads of Masalskis during a 4 on 3 powerplay to make it 3-1. Podkonicky from a nice pass from Bartovic scored his 10th goal for SVK in his 40th game to make it 3-2. Zagrapan tied the game at 3s and Ivan Majesky scored the winner on a 2-on-1 with Banska Bystrica forward Tomas Bulik.

In 5 exhibition games Marek Zagrapan has accumulated two goals and three assists. Andrej Podkonicky has two goals and an assist and Riso Panik has a goal and two assists over those five games. Budaj, Sekera, and Svatos have yet to play.
Ehh, beat me to it...

Slovakia-Latvia 4-3 (0-1,1-2,3-0)
SVK goaals:27.Lintner (Graňák, Pánik), 42.Podkonický (Bartovič, Slovák), 55.Zagrapan (Pánik,Graňák),58.Majeský (Gron)
SOG:29-20 PIM:6x2-7x2 Att:2490

Slovakia: Staňa- Majeský, Starosta, Lintner, Graňák, Švárný, Fruhauf,Slovák, Mihálik- Bartovič,Podkonický,Zálešák-Pánik,Zagrapan,Špirko-Bartánus,Macho,Gron-Tatar,Bulík,Dravecký- Haščák

After a horrible start or better said horrible two periods team Slovakia has come back from bein down already 0-3 to get it´s third even under Glen Hanlon defeating Latvia 4-3 in regulation.

Latvia has jumped to a fats lead when the puck went into the net off a Slovak D (I think Fruhauf, what´s he still doing there anyway?) and then the first period continued to be very boring with little hockey played. Slovakia started the 2nd period playing much better than the first, however Latvia jumped to a 3-0 lead following tow huge mistakes by Slovakia, first one creating a 2-1, the 2nd one following a mistake by Tatar on the blue line leading a Latvian player to go alone at the goalie.
The players made up these two horrendous periods when they came out flying in the third scoring three goals and winnin the game in the end.
Great performances from some young players tonight, especially Marek Zagrapan and Richard Pánik, who keeps on playing for Slovakia in big fashion. I suppose this stage is big enough for him to actually try, because I don´t see how his season would have gone the way it did had he played like this from the start.

Some negatives:
-despite a Canadian coach the fact that hockey is played for 60 minutes is still not a known fact to Slovak players
- some horrible mistakes on D, not only the goals, but also one turnover in front of the net by Mr. Lintner
- ohh PP, Slovak boys just don´t like you very much, the concept that they should actually shoot on the net during it seems pretty foreing to them, but it got slightly better

Some positives:
-back from 0-3 to 4-3, not very usual
- PK in the third period, not allowing any Latvian chances and creating at least two own chances every PK in the third
- the third period as a whole
-some of the young players, Zagrapan and Pánik like mentioned, to a lessrer extent Dravecký, not impressed by Mr. Tatar much today, he needs to step up to match up to Panik´s performance Undepending on how this year´s WHC will end, Slovakia can only benefit from these guys getting ice-time there in the future
- offensive performance by Lintner
-the play of the "veterans" (on this team at least) from Czech league Bartovič and Podkonický, not used to such good performance from CZE league players on the NT tbh

All in all, I seriously hope that the two first periods were just a huge mistake and we will come to Germany with the way we played the third period.

Other news include that Rastislav Špriko got injured in the first period and probably is out of the WHC, on the other hand Roman Kukumber has skated today already and is sheduled to play in the 2nd game against Latvia tomorrow.

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what is he [Fruhauf] still doing there anyway?
Perhaps with the addition of Sekera, Fruhauf will be cut.

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Other news include that Rastislav Špriko got injured in the first period and probably is out of the WHC
It might be a good idea to replace Spirko on that line with Svatos, so you would have Panik-Zagrapan-Svatos. Adding Kukumberg you could perhaps send Zalesak home and put Podkonicky on wing giving Bartovic-Kukumberg-Podkonicky. I would keep Tatar with Bulik and Dravecky as my "youth" line. Those would be my top 3 lines anyhow.

I know it is way too early and perhaps naive to say this, but I have a feeling this "new" team will do better than the past two KHL based World Championship teams. I have a better feeling about them over guys like Pavlikovsky, Radivojevic, Nagy, Surovy, Ruzicka, etc. I'm not saying they will do much in the Worlds, I'm just saying they will beat the teams they are supposed to beat.

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Perhaps with the addition of Sekera, Fruhauf will be cut.



It might be a good idea to replace Spirko on that line with Svatos, so you would have Panik-Zagrapan-Svatos. Adding Kukumberg you could perhaps send Zalesak home and put Podkonicky on wing giving Bartovic-Kukumberg-Podkonicky. I would keep Tatar with Bulik and Dravecky as my "youth" line. Those would be my top 3 lines anyhow.

I know it is way too early and perhaps naive to say this, but I have a feeling this "new" team will do better than the past two KHL based World Championship teams. I have a better feeling about them over guys like Pavlikovsky, Radivojevic, Nagy, Surovy, Ruzicka, etc. I'm not saying they will do much in the Worlds, I'm just saying they will beat the teams they are supposed to beat.
Still I think even without Sekera, Frigo shouldn´t have been on the team for at leats a week now. IMO he isn´t even the best D in Slovak league.

Yes, I understand that feelin, I think it is shared by many of us, however I am not getting overexcited too early as I had belie into the teams going into the last two championships as well and I only got disappoitment in the end.

What I like are the "twins" on the top three lines:
Podkonický-Bartovič- ahh so Liberec
Bulík-Dravecký- remembering old times,ya guys missing sth? oh yeah Rišo Jenčík is not there
Pánik-Zagrapan- pure chemistry right there

We´ll see how it will develop with the other 4 players comming in, I am hopin for a strong tourney from the NHLers seeing as their seasons for the most part were disappoitments.

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We´ll see how it will develop with the other 4 players coming in, I am hopin for a strong tourney from the NHLers seeing as their seasons for the most part were disappointments.
Budaj, Sekera, Svatos, who is the fourth? Anyhow I still have belief in those players, especially Andrej Sekera. I kind of wish Buffalo moves him in the summer so he gets a chance with a new coach - Lindy Ruff seems to have it out for him. I think I've said this before, best skating Slovak defenceman since Visnovsky.

EDIT: I realize now that Kukumberg is the fourth addition.

Marek Svatos is Marek Svatos. A little injury prone guy with mad skills around the net. He has 100 NHL goals, including this one a week ago versus the San Jose Sharks, chosen by TSN has one of the ten best goals of the first round:



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Can you guys give me some info about your matches with Latvia? I saw only final scores... quite interesting

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This is not yet official, but the rumour is the 5 players coach Glen Hanlon cut after the final game versus Latvia were: Michal Chovan, Marek Bartanus, Marcel Hascak, Tomas Slovak, and Ivan Svarny. So I suppose the final roster would therefore be this:

Budaj, Stana, Hamerlik - Granak, Starosta, Lintner (C), Fruhauf, Mihalik, Sekera, Majesky - Zagrapan, Zalesak, Ciernik, Bulik, Tatar, Panik, Dravecky, Gron, Svatos, Bartovic, Kukumberg, Podkonicky, Macho.

Interesting breakdown of the representation by league, in the sense of how spread out or even it is:

NHL/AHL/CHL: 6
KHL: 5
ST Extraliga: 5
O2 Extraliga: 4
SEL: 2
DEL: 1


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New Slovak hockey era

With many veterans retired, Hanlon counts on new generation
04-05-10


Richard Panik is one of the players who represent the future of Slovak hockey. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images

COLOGNE – It is a good thing Glen Hanlon likes challenges.

Hanlon took over as head coach of the Slovakian national team after the Slovaks captivated the hockey world in an improbable and exciting run to a fourth-place finish at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The Olympic tournament marked the end of the road for many international star players of Slovakia’s hockey program, and the 2010 World Championship is the starting point for the renewal process.

The Slovaks captured the world title in 2002 and won bronze the next year, but they have been on a slow decline ever since, although they showed signs of improvement last year. Two years ago, Slovakia finished 13th and last year improved to 10th.

Hanlon plans to take a hand-on approach to the renewal process.

“I don’t want to come just as a guest before the World Championship. I want to work here and my job also includes youth hockey,” Hanlon said when he was introduced as head coach in April.

While Hanlon’s immediate focus is the upcoming tournament, he is also cognizant that the 2011 World Championship is in Slovakia, with games in Bratislava and Košice.

In the previous two World Championship tournaments, Slovakia has gone with a roster featured a majority of players who played on club teams in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

When a dozen or so Slovak NHLers and top players from European clubs were unable to commit to the world tournament because of injury and personal matters, that presented an opportunity to go in a new direction.

Hanlon has taken a different approach to the 2010 World Championship, and he’s working with younger players from the home front and European leagues.
http://www.iihf.com/channels10/iihf-...ash=94a6edc4be

Final roster:
Goalies:
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Peter Budaj (Colorado Avalanche/NHL) 18.09.1982
Rastislav Staňa (Severstal Čerepovec/KHL) 10.01.1980
Peter Hamerlík (HC Oceláři Třinec/CZE) 02.01.1982

Deffense:
Dominik Graňák (Rögle BK,SEL) 11.06.1983
Tomáš Starosta (Neftechimik Nižnekamsk/KHL) 20.05.1981
Richard Lintner (Dinamo Minsk/KHL) 15.11.1977
Peter Frühauf (HC 05 B. Bystrica/SVK) 15.08.1982
Vladimír Mihálik (Norfolk Admirals/AHL) 29.01.1987
Andrej Sekera (Buffalo Sabres/NHL) 08.06.1986
Ivan Majeský (Skelleftea/SEL) 02.09.1976

Forwards:
Marek Zagrapan (Severstal Čerepovec/KHL) 06.12.1986
Miroslav Zálešák (HK36 Skalica/SVK) 02.01.1980
Ivan Čiernik (Kölner Haie/DEL) 30.10.1977
Tomáš Bulík (HC 05 B. Bystrica/SVK) 27.08.1985
Tomáš Tatar (Grand Rapids Griffins/AHL) 01.12.1990
Richard Pánik (Norfolk Admirals/AHL) 07.20.1991
Vladimír Dravecký (HC Košice/SVK) 03.06.1985
Stanislav Gron (HC Košice/SVK) 28.10.1978
Marek Svatoš (Colorado Avalanche/NHL) 17.06.1982
Milan Bartovič (Bíli Tigři Liberec/CZE) 09.04.1981
Anrej Podkonický (Bíli Tigři Liberec/CZE) 09.05.1978
Roman Kukumberg (Ak Bars Kazaň/KHL) 08.04.1980
Michal Macho (BK Mladá Boleslav/CZE) 17.01.1982

EDIT: Some fun trivia. Kazakhstan, whom Slovakia will play, will come to the tournament with three players at 40 or older, while Slovakia will play with two 19 year olds, lol. At 33, Ivan Majeský is Slovakia´s oldest player, still he is 8 years younger than two of Kazakhstan´s players.


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Some facts

- first WHC for 10 players: G Hamerlík, D Fruhauf, D Mihálik, F Bulík, F Dravecký, F Gron, F Pánik, F Svatoš (played in Torino), F Tatar and F Zagrapan
- two players are still teenagers Tatar and Panik (last time Slovakia played with two teenagers in 1997- Marián Hossa and Jiří Bicek)
- by leaues: 3 NHL,5 Slovnaft Extraliga, 5 KHL, 4 O2 Extraliga, 3 AHL, 2 SEL and 1 DEL
- the youngest player will be Richard Pánik with 19 years and three months, 2nd youngest will be Tomáš Tatar, who will be 19 years 5 months and 6 days, oldest will be Ivan Majeský, who will be 33 years 8 months and 5 days old
- the average age will be 27 years and 4 months, three years yoúnger than in Vancouver, however it is only 24,38 for forwards compared to 32,15 at the Olympics in Vancouver
- three Slovak players from the team could reach their 100th game for the national team during the World Championship and join the only 15 players that have surpassed this number (Štrbák 153, Sekeráš 152, Peter Pucher 144, Višňovský 138, Kapuš 136, Šatan 129, Jasečko 128, Čierny 123, Pardavý 120, Plavucha 119, Daňo, Jánoš 117,Ľ. Kolník 109, Cíger 108, Róbert Petrovický 100)- Dominik Graňák- 99, Richard Lintner 94, Tomáš Starosta 93
- 6 players have played less than 10 games on the national team: Budaj 5, Hamerlík 4, Mihálik 4, Dravecký 5, Pánik 6, Svatoš 6

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