BRATISLAVA – The Slovak Ice Hockey Association in cooperation with the International Hockey Federation presented on Tuesday the concept of jerseys of the Slovak hockey team for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing and the entire Olympic cycle 2022 to 2026.
“Dominant are the traditional Slovak colors, shown on clean surfaces in order to stand out. The appearance of the jersey is completed by a conservative but minimalist design. The main element is the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic, dominating the chest. The Ice Hockey Union will be placed on its shoulders. informed the portal hockeyslovakia.sk.
The new jerseys will be traditionally made in two sets. The first is dominated by white, while the second is dark blue. The final design complies with well-defined rules that define what a national jersey must contain for the purposes of major international tournaments, such as the Beijing Olympics 2022. The jersey manufacturer is the American company Nike.
In the era of independence, Slovak hockey players have never missed the venue of the final tournament of the Olympic Games, finishing highest in Vancouver 2010 in fourth place. This year, they won the promotion to Beijing in a successful August qualification at home in Bratislava, where they gradually defeated Austria 2: 1, Poland 5: 1 and Belarus 2: 1.
After the procedure was sealed, SZĽH announced the first three names of its Olympic list. Among the players working in the overseas profile were the goalkeeper Jaroslav Halák and the defenders Andrej Sekera and Erik Černák. Other names will be revealed by the national team management only when the final nomination was made in the second half of January.
Slovaks for the introduction against the Finns
The men’s Olympic hockey tournament kicks off in Beijing on February 9. Currently, based on an agreement between the IIHF, the NHL and the NHLPA, the participation of NHL players is also planned, but the final verdict will be in early January. The Slovaks will start fighting in the basic C-group on February 10 at 9.40 CET with a duel against Finland. A day later, at the same time, they will play against Sweden, and on early February 13, at 5.10 CET, they will end the program in the group against Latvia.
The winners of the three groups and the best team from the second places will automatically advance to the quarterfinals. The remaining eight participants will play the so-called quarterfinal qualification. The final is on the program on February 20, the official website of the Slovak Ice Hockey Association recalled.