Hungary will travel to Asia with good memories from Sapporo 2008. 31 players were invited to the camp for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A in Goyang, Korea.
Hungary will go to Korea with good memories from Asia. Six years ago when the tournament was held in Japan, Hungary earned promotion to play in the top division for the first time in 70 years. Now the team with a preliminary roster of 4 goalies, 11 defencemen and 16 forwards hopes for a repeat.
From that team in Sapporo 2008 there are seven players on the squad but not Balazs Ladanyi, who played for the national team until last season. Tamas Groschl is attempting a comeback on the national team but as a defenceman after having been a forward for most of his career. The Division I event Sapporo 2008 was his last IIHF tournament. Also playing on the blue line will be former forwards Marton Vas and Arpad Mihaly, Vas already played defence at last year’s event that Hungary hosted in Budapest and Mihaly played the position for the first time with the national team earlier this season.
Also listed on the squad are all three players who spent the season across the ocean in North American minor leagues: Gergo Nagy from the Quad City Mallards (CHL), Daniel Koger from the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) and Krisztian Nagy from the El Paso Rhinos (WSHL).
Janos Hari is questionable due to a surgery still to be scheduled.
Fighting for the two spots on the roster and the emergency goalie spot will be Miklos Rajna, Bence Balizs and Zoltan Hetenyi from Fehervar, who have all had World Championship Division I experience in the past, and former Slovak U20 national goalie Peter Sevela, who was recently naturalized after having played for Hungarian team Dunaujvaros for five seasons.
Joining the experienced forward group will be four young players who all debuted in the national team in the past year: Attila Nemeth, Benjamin Nemes, Tamas Sarpatki, and Balazs Sebok.
Joining Rich Chernomaz on the coaching staff will be assistants Diego Scandella, Gergely Majoross and goaltending coach Gary Clark. The roster will likely be cut down to two goalkeepers, seven defencemen and 13 forwards.
Preliminary Roster Hungary
Bence Balizs, Sapa Fehervar
Zoltan Hetenyi, Sapa Fehervar
Miklos Rajna, Sapa Fehervar
Sevela Peter, Dunaujvaros
Balazs Goz, Morzine-Avoriaz (FRA)
Tamas Groschl, Dunaujvaros
Peter Hetenyi (Sapa Fehervar
Adrian Huffner, Dunaujvaros
Daniel Kiss, Sapa Fehervar
Attila Orban, Sapa Fehervar
Tamas Pozsgai, Sapa Fehervar
Bence Sziranyi, Sapa Fehervar
Viktor Tokaji, Sapa Fehervar
Arnold Varga, Sapa Fehervar
Marton Vas, Löwen Frankfurt (GER3)
Zsolt Azari, Dunaujvaros
Istvan Bartalis, Troja Ljungby (SWE2)
Andras Benk, Sapa Fehervar
Janos Hari, HIFK Helsinki
Daniel Koger, Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Csaba Kovacs, Sapa Fehervar
Balint Magosi, Sapa Fehervar
Arpad Mihaly, Sapa Fehervar
Gergo Nagy, Quad City Mallards (CHL)
Krisztian Nagy, El Paso Rhinos (WSHL)
Benjamin Nemes, Sapa Fehervar)
Attila Nemeth, Sapa Fehervar
Tamas Sarpatki, Sapa Fehervar
Balazs Sebok, Karpat Oulu (FIN)
Istvan Sofron, Krefeld Pinguine (GER)
Janos Vas, Rouen Dragons (FRA)
EIHC Hockey Gala in Budapest (HUN)
12 April, Hungary-Austria
13 April, Hungary-Slovenia
2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A in Goyang (KOR)
20 April, Korea-Hungary
21 April, Hungary-Ukraine
23 April, Slovenia-Hungary
24 April, Hungary-Austria
26 April, Hungary-Japan