BRATISLAVA – Slovakia announced its 36-man roster for its Olympic Summer Camp which begins Tuesday.
“The camp will not only consist of on-ice practice but also on off-ice activities like mountain biking, tennis or golf. Diversified training is popular among our players,” said head coach Jan Filc. “Summer is the only appropriate time when we have the opportunity to communicate with our players that are overseas. In the coming days we will have a clearer idea about the roster for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.”
The roster includes all 18 NHL players while most other players come from the Russian and Swiss leagues. Two players hail from the Slovakian Extraliga, Tomas Tatar and former NHL superstar Zigmund Palffy. Palffy, who currently plays for his hometown team Skalica, hasn’t represented the national team since the 2005 World Championship.
The camp will be held in Poprad. The team will also play an exhibition game against champion HC Kosice and attend the Golden Puck and Slovakian Hall of Fame ceremony.
Filc, who has been vice-president of the Slovakian Ice Hockey Association since 2006, was named the head coach a year ago. He was behind the national team bench from 2000 to 2002 when Slovakia won the World Championship for the first and only time. Since that peak in 2002, Slovakian hockey has struggled. Filc’s team ended the 2009 World Championship in 10th place. The 56-year-old hopes to end the downswing with the help of his NHL stars in Vancouver.
However, some invited players might not appear. Peter Smrek, Ladislav Nagy and Richard Zednik were not released from their Russian teams are on the camp list. The participation of Jozef Stümpel, is currently open. Due a variety of reasons, Milan Jurcina, Peter Sejna, Marek Svatos and Miroslav Satan will not attend.
Invitees for the Summer Camp
Goalkeepers: Jaroslav Halak (Montreal, NHL), Peter Budaj (Colorado, NHL), Jaroslav Janus (no club), Jan Lasak (no club).
Defenceman: Zdeno Chara (Boston, NHL), Lubomir Visnovsky (Edmonton, NHL), Andrej Meszaros (Tampa Bay, NHL), Andrej Sekera (Buffalo, NHL), Milan Jurcina (Washington, NHL), Richard Lintner (no club), Jaroslav Obsut (Spartak Moscow, RUS), Peter Smrek (Cherepovets, RUS), Ivan Baranka (Spartak Moscow, RUS), Boris Valabik (Atlanta, NHL), Vladimir Mihalik (Tampa Bay, NHL).
Forwards: Marian Hossa (Chicago, NHL), Marcel Hossa (no club), Marian Gaborik (New York Rangers, NHL), Pavol Demitra (Vancouver, NHL), Miroslav Satan (no club), Michal Handzus (Los Angeles, NHL), Tomas Kopecky (Chicago, NHL), Marek Svatos (Colorado, NHL), Jozef Stümpel (Barys Astana, KAZ/KHL), Zigmund Palffy (Skalica, SVK), Lubos Bartecko (Bern, SUI), Branko Radivojevic, Martin Cibak, Stefan Ruzicka (all Spartak Moscow, RUS), Richard Zednik (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, RUS), Juraj Kolnik (Geneva-Servette, SUI), Peter Sejna (ZSC Lions Zurich, SUI), Juraj Mikus (Los Angeles, NHL), Ladislav Nagy (Severstal Cherepovets, RUS), Tomas Tatar (Zvolen, SVK), Peter Ölvecky (Nashville, NHL).