New face at the helm

Vladimir Vujtek named head coach of Slovak national team


Czech coach Vladimir Vujtek, who was behind the bench of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl most recently, was named new head coach of the Slovak national team. Photo: Oksana Dzhadan / RIA Novosti

BRATISLAVA – Slovakia has a new national team coach in Vladimir Vujtek. The Slovak Ice Hockey Association executive committee announced Vujtek’s hiring during their meeting on Wednesday. Vujtek's contract begins September 1st, 2011 and runs through 2012, followed by an option to extend the contract through to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Vujtek played in the Czech ExtraLiga for four seasons in the late seventies, split between Vitkovice Ostrava and Dukla Trencin. He has enjoyed a lengthy coaching career, beginning in 1982 when he took over as head coach of SK Karvina in second Czech league.

Vujtek has coached in both the Czech Republic and in Russia, where he won back to back championships with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in 2002 and 2003. Most recently, he guided the team to a 33-14 record and a loss in the 2011 conference final.

The hiring of the 64-year-old veteran coach comes after the association parted ways with Glen Hanlon, following Slovakia’s disappointing 10th-place finish at the 2011 World Championship on home ice in Bratislava.

Slovak Peter Oremus, who currently coaches the Slovak club team HK 36 Skalica, was also announced as one of Vujtek’s assistants. Oremus had previously served as an assistant coach in 2007/08. ADAM STEISS Fact File Vladimir Vujtek:
Born: 17 May 1947 in Klimkovice (Czech Republic)
Status: Married, 2 children - Sarka (wife of Slovak ex-national team player Robert Petrovicky), Vladimir Jr. (Former Czech player / bronze WC 1997 /, played 110 NHL games, now player agent)
League career: Vitkovice Ostrava, Dukla Trencin, SK Karvina
Coaching career: SK Karvina, Vitkovice Ostrava, HC Zlin, Vitkovice Ostrava, Ocelari Trinec, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RUS), Ak Bars Kazan (RUS), Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Coaching achievements: Russian champion with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (2002 and 2003), Finalist in Extraliga playoffs with Vitkovice (1993 and 1997), and  Zlin (1995).



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