Unfortunately, we didn’t get tickets to an ice hockey match, but the students told me about this popular sport. Many children start to play hockey from an early age. In Bratislava, the most famous hockey club is Slovan. The Slovan hockey team competes in KHL. It is the continental hockey league with teams, such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Slovakia, Croatia, and Finland.
The Slovak men’s national ice hockey team is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world. The team’s head coach is Vladimir Vujtek.
In the last sixteen years, Slovakia has won four medals at the World Championships, including a gold medal in 2002 in Sweden. In winter Olympic games, Slovakia’s highest achievement is 4th place in Vancouver 2010. In the tournament they won against favourites, Russia and Sweden, and lost against Canada in the semifinals and against Finland in the bronze medal game.
Slovak national team members and great players include Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, Marcel Hossa, Jaroslava Halak, Zdeno Chara, Lubos Bartecko, all playing in the NHL in the USA.
Here’s the photo of the Slovak Ice Hockey Team:
If we had been able to get tickets, I would’ve watched a match between Slovan and another team in the modern Ice Hockey Stadium in Bratislava. This is where the 2011 World Championships took place.
And this is me in a Slovan sweater. If I went to a hockey match, I’d wear it…
This is all for now.
See you soon,