Slovakia continues with Ramsay
by Martin Merk|21 OCT 2020
Slovak men’s national team head coach Craig Ramsey talks to his players at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation has extended the contract with men’s national team head coach Craig Ramsay.

The contract was signed for the 2020/2021 season and by qualifying for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the Final Olympic Qualification in August 2021 it will be extended until the end of 2021/2022 season.

Ramsay joined the Slovak team in 2017 and the federation underlines the importance of having an experienced coach for the challenges ahead. Here’s what Ramsay said after the news from his current home in Florida:
Under Ramsay Slovakia finished in ninth place at the last two World Championships and 11th at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

43-year-old former national team player Michal Handzus, who won World Championship gold with Slovakia in 2002 and the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, will permanently work as assistant coach for the men’s national team. A second assistant coach will be named on a rotational basis.

When Ramsay and Handzus will meet the national team is open. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation cancelled all national team camps and the participation at the Deutschland Cup for the International Break in November.

Slovakia will play at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus and Latvia next spring and is host of Group D of the Final Olympic Qualification from 26-29 August 2021 where Belarus, Austria and Poland will be the other teams battling for a spot in Beijing 2022.