Slovak street hockey players defending gold from two previous years of World Championships, beat Canada 6:4. Patrik Svitana scored the winning goal in the 44th minute and Michal Hrivnák added “a safe goal” to the empty cage.
“This is my third title but it's just like the first one. It’s an amazing feeling,” said Filip Titka, Slovak defender, as quoted by the Sme Daily.
Canada is still the most successful country in the history of the street hockey world championships with a score of five gold, three silver and two bronze medals. The Slovak tally is 4 – 2 – 6 and Slovakia is the only country to have taken home a medal from every World Championship in the history of the sport, since 1996.
Slovakia won all their matches during the tournament. Their most effective player was goalkeeper Stanislav Petrík who was declared the best goalkeeper of the championship. The best forward was Danick Martel from Canada and the best defender Czech, Jan Pospíšil. The Finnish team was awarded with the fair-play prize.
If Slovak street hockey players win their fourth title next year, they will equalize with Canada who have won the World Championships five times. Moreover, Slovakia will again host the championship in 2019. Last time it was in Bratislava in 2011.
The final ranking of the World Championships 2017 is: Slovakia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, USA, Portugal, Switzerland, India, Finland and Italy.
13. Jun 2017 at 1:13 | Compiled by Spectator staff