today 14:30 Slovakia arrived at the World Cup in Finland with the youngest selection in the history of independence. The average age of the team that head coach Craig Ramsay took to Helsinki is just over 24 years old. The youngest players in our selection are still only 18-year-old Šimon Nemec and Juraj Slafkovský. “Slovaks are simply not afraid to give space to young talents, which has paid off for them at the last Winter Olympics. But I think they will have a little harder than we do at the upcoming World Cup. The Slovaks have a very high standard and are also in the A-group, which is weaker in terms of paper after the exclusion of the Russians. This means that a tough opponent in the quarterfinals will be waiting for them. It can also happen that the Czech Republic and Slovakia collide in the quarterfinals. The match itself would certainly be very intense, given that foreigners are currently sitting on the bench of both teams. However, I do not underestimate the Slovaks in any case, but on the other hand I think that it will be very difficult for them to repeat the result from Beijing, “said hockey editor Martin Kézr in the discussion program Příklep on the Sport.cz website. In the Czech Republic, they also point out that while our western neighbors took eight NHL players to the World Cup in Finland, so far we have only one skater from an overseas profiler – Tomáš Tatar from the New Jersey Devils. “Personally, I would not be afraid at all if ours hit Slovakia in the quarterfinals, because I believe that this year we have such a strong team that we would beat the Slovaks. I like Slovaks, I trained several of them in Třinec, but I think they will end up worse than we at these World Championships. Of course, the Slovaks have a few exceptional talents, but we have 8 players from the NHL, another 9 hockey players from our league and the remaining players from other leading European leagues in our team. So our team is well formed and I believe that we should not be afraid of anyone, ”concludes Alois Hadamczik, a former coach of the Czech national hockey team, for Sport.cz.
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