Slovakia did not come into the 2020 World Juniors with lofty goals. The team wanted to finish better than their 8th place 2019 finish. When looking at their group with Kazakhstan and Switzerland, this seemed plausible. The team with only two returnees started the tournament right, although closer than they […]
No hockey team goes into any match up, whether outmatched or not, thinking they are going to lose. There are too many good underdog stories out there which can give any team hope. This rings especially true at the World Juniors. Slovakia is of course coming to play Sweden looking […]
This is a game that Slovakia would have circled on their World Junior calendar. We knew going into the tournament this game most likely would decide who will finish 3rd and 4th in Group A. Now that Slovakia and Switzerland have both played two games, both have a win and […]
There is no secret that Samuel Hlavaj was going to be heavily relied on to stay in games through the IIHF World Juniors. One game Slovakia did not expect it to be needed was game one against Kazakhstan. Although Kazakhstan put up a battle against Switzerland, Slovakia was still […]
Slovakia has only two medals to show from the World Junior Hockey Championships, and repeating the feat of a 2005 Bronze Medal performance seems out of reach barring any sort of holiday miracle.