Ostersund 2017 factfile: Slovakia06.10.2017
Team preview ahead of Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Tournament
With just a few days to go until the World Para Ice Hockey Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden, we’re taking a closer look at each of the five teams competing for the chance to appear at PyeongChang 2018.
Slovakia made their first major international debut in the sport at the 2013 World Championships B-Pool and are now close to securing their first Paralympic Winter Games appearance. Struggling to get past the Czech Republic and Japan at the 2016 World Championships B-Pool in Tomakomai, Japan, Slovakia are hoping to field an improved team in Ostersund.
Paralympic Winter Games
World Championships history
2016 World Championships B-Pool – bronze
2015 World Championships B-Pool – bronze
Forward Martin Joppa, 20, and goaltender Eduard Lepacek, 23, are products of the 2015 youth camp and showed their potential at the 2016 World Championships B-Pool.
Forward Erik Fojtik competed in two Paralympic Winter Games before switching nationalities from Czech Republic and brings plenty of veteran experience.
No. 30 Erik Fojtik
No. 2 Marek Gergely
No. 25 Martin Joppa
No. 98 David Korman
No. 11 Marian Ligda
No. 6 Ales Raus
No. 45 Milos Vecerek
No. 66 Slavomir Ferencik
No. 85 Miroslav Kardos
No. 7 Miroslav Stasak
No. 10 Peter Stit
No. 18 Eduard Lepacek
No. 21 Miroslav Pastucha
Head coach: Radoslav Bielecka
Ostersund 2017 runs from 9-14 October. The top three finishers will earn the last qualification spots available at PyeongChang 2018, joining Canada, Italy, Norway, South Korea and the USA in March.
Live coverage and the game schedule are available on the official Ostersund 2017 site.