The Slovenian ice hockey team represents Slovenia in the international ice hockey, is administrated by the Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia.
Slovenian ice hockey team is currently positioned at 15th in the IIHF World Rankings.
Their best ever record in the Ice Hockey World Championships is 13th place, while their maximum IIHF ranking is 12th.
Slovenia was played the first ice hockey game in 1929. Ilrija Hockey Club from Ljubljana created one year prior which was the best ice hockey team in Yugoslavia before the world war.
The Ice Hockey Slovenia was well thought-out as the strongest team that it was declared the national champion of Yugoslavia in 1937 to 1938 without playing a single game.
|Nickname(s)||Risi (The Lynx)|
|Association||Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia|
|Head coach||Nik Zupančič|
|Most games||Tomaž Razingar (212)|
|Most points||Tomaž Vnuk (171)|
Slovenian Best Ice Hockey Players
In the list of best ice hockey player of Slovenia, some great Slovenian players names are comes regularly at this moment such as: Anze Kopitar and Jan Mursak.
History of Slovenian Ice Hockey Team
After the Second World War, Slovenian teams still ruled the Yugoslavian ice hockey. From 1957 to 1971, Acroni Jesenice was the champion of Yugoslavia in a row for years and players from, fabricated the greater part of the Yugoslav national team.
After Yugoslavia fragmented, the Slovenian Ice Hockey Federation was formed in 1991 and they became one of the members of the International Ice Hockey Federation after a year later. In 1992, Slovenia organized their first national championship that won by Acroni Jesenice and the same year they had played first international game against Austria.
In 1993, Slovenia took part at the Ice Hockey World Championships first time as an independent nation and they ended at 4th in the Pool C. The Ice Hockey Slovenia won Division I (Group B) in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010 respectively and got promotion to entrance at Pool A, where they played again in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
The Under 18 and Under 20 Ice Hockey Slovenia teams have also played in the Ice Hockey World Championships. The women’s ice hockey team also participated in several world championships.
The national junior ice hockey team never played in the Championship division that is the only nation in the top 22 of world rankings. Since 1998, they have been drafted five players into the National Hockey League where Jan Muršak and Anže Kopitar have played in the league.
Slovenia is a European country, have just over 2,000,000 populations. Ljubijana is the capital of Slovenia. It borders Croatia to the southeast, Italy to the west, Austria to the north and Hungary to the northeast. Slovenia was a part of Yugoslavia until 1991.
Q: When hockey started at Slovenia?
A: The first time hockey game was played in Slovenia in 1929.
Q: How many players in hockey presently in Slovenia?
A: Currently, they have 1,434 Slovenian Ice Hockey players.