Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

ICE HOCKEY: Slovak players complain about ice quality at Bratislava’s stadium

Slovak ice hockey players participating in the Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava have expressed their dissatisfaction with the quality of ice after their team’s second match, the Sme daily reported, adding that Czech players and Russian goalkeeper Yevgenyi Nabokov have also complained about the quality of the ice.

Slovak ice hockey players participating in the Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava have expressed their dissatisfaction with the quality of ice after their team’s second match, the Sme daily reported, adding that Czech players and Russian goalkeeper Yevgenyi Nabokov have also complained about the quality of the ice.

Slovak team captain Pavol Demitra as well as goalie Jaroslav Halák said that the ice has been gradually softening and pucks keep behaving strangely, while adding that conditions are the same for both teams.

The players said the problems are most visible near the goals and near the area where players leave their benches – saying the frequent scrubbing creates mush-like layers that change the expected paths of pucks.

“Low-quality ice is always worse for the team that strives to be creative and has more technically-skilled players. We felt it mainly during our power plays,” Slovak striker Michal Handzuš told Sme. Teammate Peter Podhradský reported the same feelings about the ice.

The general secretary of the Slovak Ice Hockey Association, Ján Taraba, stated that the association is not even thinking about the quality of ice.

“The Organisation Committee [of the World Championship] received no official complaints. It has stated that the ice complies with the directives of the International Ice Hockey Federation,” Michaela Grendelová, head of the Department for Media Communication, told Sme.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Read more helpful information about the Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia in our Hockey Fan Guide.

Top stories

Sagan rewrites history Video

Cyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness