today 08:44 | Slovak hockey players used Sunday off at the World Championships in Finland to visit the Slovak Embassy in Helsinki. Ambassador Slavomíra Mašurová welcomed them at a gala lunch and the President of the Slovak Ice Hockey Association (SZĽH) Miroslav Šatan planted a traditional Slovak tree – linden tree in the embassy garden. Read also the Program of the matches of Slovakia at the World Hockey Championship 2022 The team of the hockey national team arrived at the Slovak Embassy in Helsinki shortly before two o’clock in the afternoon. There were also traditional Slovak dishes on the food tables. “We are very honored to welcome such special guests at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Helsinki,” Mašurová said in her speech. Thanks to the warm sunny weather, the representatives enjoyed lunch on the embassy terrace. “Finally a change. It was a nice change of day. I also had a good beef sirloin cut,” the hockeyslovakia.sk portal quoted forward Samuel Takáč. Then a ceremonial act of linden planting took place in the embassy garden. The president of SZĽH had the honor to plant a new tree. “There was no lime on our beautiful garden. We had doubts whether it would be able to survive in Finnish conditions, but thanks to the help of the locals, we found out that there is a coastal linden suitable for Helsinki’s climate. Like Peťa Vlhová has reindeer in Lapland, The Ice Hockey Association will have a Slovak national tree on the embassy in Helsinki – we hope that it is not the only one and the last, “said Mašurová.
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