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NHL Draaft!! Almost 20 finns selected so far, Miro Heiskanen having the highest number (1st round , 3rd pick)  2nd YEAR IN A ROW, WHEN A FINN IS SELECTED IN THE TOP 3 ;)   :clap:

@hckosice , could you make some sort of good post about the NHL draft? Also i think that i'll be more active once more :d 

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Hischier makes history

Devils take Swiss forward first overall



The New Jersey Devils made Swiss hockey history tonight in Chicago when they selected Nico Hischier as the first overall draft choice in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The previous high for a Swiss player was 5th overall, Nino Niederreiter, by the New York Islanders.

Hischier spent his career in Switzerland until 2016 before moving to Canada and had a superb rookie season in the QMJHL with Halifax, but was nonetheless surprised by the historic selection.

“On a surprise scale of 1 to 10, I'd have to say getting picked number one was a 10 because I never expected this," Hischier said. "I had no idea where I was going, but just hearing my name was unbelievable. I hugged my mom first, and she started to cry."

Nolan Patrick, the son of former NHLer Steve and long-time favourite for the number-one spot, was taken second by the Philadelphia Flyers, while Dallas selected Finn Miro Heiskanen number three. Heiskanen is expected to return to HIFK Helsinki for the upcoming season to develop further in the comfort of his own developmental system.

"He's smart. He's skilled. He makes players around him better. He’ll be a very productive player,” noted TSN’s Craig Button of Patrick.

“We’re different players,” Patrick noted of the comparison to Hischier. “He may be a little more dynamic offensively and I’m a little better defensively maybe,” he suggested.

Dallas had its highest selection ever since moving to Texas and selected a Finn with a strong background. Heiskanen, a defenceman, won gold with Suomi’s U18 team in 2016 and a silver the next year. He also played for Finland at the 2017 World Juniors.

The expansion team Vegas Golden Knights, meanwhile, accrued three selections in the first round through trades and went a long way to establishing the team’s identity. Selecting 6th, 13th, and 15th, the team selected a variety of players intended to bring a winning atmosphere to the team now while adding prospects to the radar to prepare for tomorrow.

The team selected taking Cody Glass 6th overall, Nick Suzuki13th overall, and Erik Brannstrom 15th.

By nationality, Canada led the way with 11 selections in the opening round, followed by USA and Finland with six and Sweden with four. The remainder of the selections will take place on Saturday.

The complete first round:


  • 1—New Jersey/Nico Hischier (SUI)
  • 2—Philadelphia/Nolan Patrick (CAN)
  • 3—Dallas/Miro Heiskanen (FIN)
  • 4—Colorado/Cale Makar (CAN)
  • 5—Vancouver/Elias Pettersson (SWE)
  • 6—Vegas/Cody Glass (CAN)
  • 7—NY Rangers/Lias Andersson (SWE)
  • 8—Buffalo/Caey Mittelstadt (USA)
  • 9—Detroit/Michael Rasmussen (CAN)
  • 10—Florida/Owen Tippett (CAN)
  • 11—Los Angeles/Gabriel Vilardi (CAN)
  • 12—Carolina/Martin Necas (CZE)
  • 13—Vegas/Nick Suzuki (CAN)
  • 14—Tampa Bay/Callan Foote (USA)
  • 15—Vegas/Erik Brannstrom (SWE)
  • 16—Calgary/Juuso Valimaki (FIN)
  • 17—Toronto/Timothy Liljegren (SWE)
  • 18—Boston/Urho Vaakanainen (FIN)
  • 19—San Jose—Joshua Norris (USA)
  • 20—St. Louis/Robert Thomas (CAN)
  • 21—NY Rangers—Filip Chytil (CZE)
  • 22—Edmonton/Kailer Yamamoto (USA)
  • 23—Arizona/Pierre-Olivier Joseph (CAN)
  • 24—Winnipeg/Kristian Vesalainen (FIN)
  • 25—Montreal/Ryan Poehling (USA)
  • 26—Dallas/Jake Oettinger (USA)
  • 27—Philadelphia/Morgan Frost (CAN)
  • 28—Ottawa/Shane Bowers (CAN)
  • 29—Chicago/Henri Jokiharju (FIN)
  • 30—Nashville/Eeli Tolvanen (FIN)
  • 31—St. Louis/Klim Kostin (RUS)





The Draft continued today for the 2nd-7th Round, looks like Adam Rúžička is the first Slovak chosen this year as 109th pick and by my favorite team Calgary Flames :clap:





And another Selected Slovak is Marián Studenič picked by New Jersey as 143rd





So still the highest drafted Slovak ever remains Marián Gáborík, 3rd in 2000 by Minnesota Wild


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Miroslav Šatan became the new General Manager of Slovak National Team ! Confirmed today :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap: in other words..this means the end of the "officially unofficial" boycott of our best players:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

This just made my day :clap:



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Satan Slovakia’s GM

Legendary player takes over, looks for coach



The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation named Miroslav Satan as new General Manager of the national team and head of the national team program.

Satan was presented to the media in Bratislava on Friday. He signed a one-year contract with the federation with an option for another year. He replaces Robert Svehla and will also be looking for a new head coach. Most recently former player Zdeno Ciger has coached the team for the past two years.

“I’m glad that Miro has accepted our offer,” Slovak Ice Hockey Federation President Martin Kohut said. “We believe that this is the best solution for Slovak hockey.”

The man from Topolcany is one of the greatest legends of Slovak hockey in the modern era. He played in the top Czechoslovak and Slovak leagues for Dukla Trencin and for the Slovak men’s national team in its first editions after independence at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and the 1994 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship C-Pool before moving to North America.

The 42-year-old spent 14 seasons in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. With the Pens he won the Stanley Cup in 2009. In 2010 he moved back to Europe, played for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL and for Slovan Bratislava that played first in the Slovak Extraliga and then two years with Satan in the Russian KHL.

He represented Slovakia in four Olympic Games and in 14 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships (12 in the top division where Slovakia has played since 1996), was part of the team that won the only world title for Slovakia in 2002 when he was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament and also won two silver medals (2000, 2012) and a bronze (2003). He was twice on the World Championship All-Star Team, in 2000 and 2002 when he led the tournament in points both times.

Now he returns to the national team in a new position and after tough years. Slovakia hasn’t reached the quarter-finals at the Worlds or Olympics since 2013 and finished the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in 14th position, lower than ever since moving up to the top level after the country’s independence. That’s something that Satan is here for to change.

“It’s quite a big job, it’s two positions combined, but it’s something that I’ll now try to do and help my own country, the team I used to play for a lot and care for a lot. It’s interesting new times and a big challenge to stabilize our hockey and hopefully improve it in a short time,” Satan said.

For Satan it’s the second experience managing a team in international ice hockey. The Slovak was the General Manager of Team Europe. The selection of European NHL players from other than the continent’s top-four countries (Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden) surprised the world by reaching the final of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto where it was eventually stopped by Canada.

The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation hopes to present the new head coach in the upcoming weeks. In the second half of August, two exhibition games are scheduled across the border with neighbouring country Czech Republic, on 23 August in Trinec and on 24 August at home in Zilina. In the November international break Slovakia will participate in the Deutschland Cup in Augsburg, Germany.

At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, Slovakia will face Russia, the United States and Slovenia in its group next February. At the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark, Slovakia will play in the group in Copenhagen against Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, France and Austria.




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On 30. 6. 2017 at 16:46, hckosice said:
Satan Slovakia’s GM

Legendary player takes over, looks for coach




And IIHF just released a very interesting interview on their website about reasons why he wanted to help our hockey, about the huge internal problems around the boycott, and about the plans for future including next years Olympics and the home worlds in 2019 :)




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