Chicago Blackhawks forward and 2010 Stanley Cup winner Marián Hossa was awarded this year's Golden Puck award for the best Slovak ice-hockey player overall, receiving the trophy from President Ivan Gašparovič on Saturday, July 31.
Hossa was given the award for the fourth time in his career; his previous three-year run was broken in 2009 by the-then best NHL defender Zdeno Chára, who this year had to be content with a small puck as Slovakia's best fullback.
Hossa has become the most successful player in the individual competition, exceeding the tally of Peter Bondra and Miroslav Šatan, who each won the Golden Puck three times, the TASR newswire wrote. Second place this year went to goalie Jaroslav Halák, who was Montreal's main ace in their journey to the Eastern Conference final and was a linchpin of the Slovak national team at the Vancouver Olympics. Third place went to Pavol Demitra, who topped the statistics in individual scoring at the Olympics.
Former national team coach Ján Filc was chosen as the best coach for securing fourth place with his team at the Winter Olympics in February this year.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Aug 2010 at 10:00