The youngest Steelers proudly represented HC Košice
During the season, fans usually pay full attention to the senior team of HC Košice. In the background, however, many other coaches and players work hard to assure the future of hockey in the eastern metropolis as well as the future of a hockey representation itself. The youngest ones, the preparation camps, are not an exception. Throughout the season they work hard under the leadership of experts, so that they can perform a high-quality hockey and improve their overall performance right from the beginning of their hockey careers. Let’s have a look together how they performed this season.
The HP 4 players were actively improving their game and movement skills. During the season, players born in 2010 were practicing on ice as well as outside the rink. The goal of head coach Peter Marenčík was to improve skillfulness and coordination of our talented players. On ice, they practiced mainly skating, stickhandling drills and small area game. All this was organized in the form of competitions. Boys cannot complain about lack of matches because they had around 90 opportunities to test themselves against other teams.
Staff: Peter Marenčík (head coach), Richard Milovčík (assistant coach), Viliam Mižišin (assistant coach), Jakub Mistrík (assistant coach), Jozef Milanič (team manager)
Roaster: Milanič Jakub, Domonkoš, Dominik, Gazdag Viliam, Jaroš Kristian, Jurči Adam, Karajoš Rastislav, Kazakovski Filip, Kmec Lukaš, Macejka Dávid, Heržak Jaroslav, Mráz Jakub, Roth Nicolas, Sekerák Peter, Suč Martin, Szaszi Alexander, Grega Benjamín, Stanko Slavomír, Tribula Filip, Varga Peter, Toth Andrej, Černický Samuel, Bajerovský Braňo, Vasko Jakub, Daru Teo, Alexander Sebastián, Veber Martin, Čarný Radovan, Tischlerova Nela, Sebastián Hirman.
The HP3 players, or the players born in 2011, performed similarly as the above mentioned HP4. They practiced four times a week out of which once was outside the rink, and three times a week they practiced their hockey skills on ice. They played more than 60 games, including the preparation, tournament and competition matches. Coaches wanted to improve movement, skillfulness and coordination of our young perspective hockey players and, of course, motivational competitions were not left out.
Staff: Viliam Mižišin (head coach), Richard Milovčík (assistant coach), Peter Marenčík (assistant coach), Jakub Mistrík (assistant coach), Ľubomír Estočin (team manager)
Roaster: Eštočin Ľuboš, Ganz, Tomi, Horňak Matúš, Chomjak Martin, Karaba Jakub, Kováč Adam, Kundrát Marek, Michalčo Claudio, Nagy Juraj, Nováček Ivan, Orlovský Michal, Pocs Jozef, Potoma Leonard, Priputník Martin, Repaský Martin, Špišak Marek, Šofránek Lukáš, Štefanco Oliver, Tischler Tomáš, Sedlák Simon, Makranský Sebastián, Weinwurm Richard, Špišák Sophie, Olexa Alexander, Filčak Filip, Sakač Hugo, Varga Benetta, Szczawinská Martina.
Let’s talk about even younger representatives of our hockey club. The age category HP2, which includes players born in 2012, belongs to a pre-preparation category. But that doesn’t change anything about players’ passion for sport and desire to keep getting better which you could witness throughout the whole season. Results of dozens of practices speak for themselves. During these practices a team of experienced coaches worked with players on fundamental and a bit advanced drills. The exercises were for example skating technique, movement and coordination skills.
Staff: Mgr. Tomáš Pollák (head coach), Jaroslav Beluško (assistant coach), Vladimír Marinčin (assistant coach), Vladimír Marinčin ml. (assistant coach), Jakub Mackaľ (assistant coach), Lucia Krajňáková (team manager)
Roaster: Krajňák Richard, Haluška Leonard, Estočín Ján, Kolárik Robbie Ray, Spilar Gabriel, Orosz Daniel, Franc Róbert, Borový Noel, Sanislo Maxim, Pribula Martin , Basa David, Danko Patrik, Kujnish František , Verešpej Peter, Hegedüš Dávid, Eröš Oliver, Ištoňa Jakub, Demek Juraj, Machač Lukaš Alex, Hegyi, Oliver, Kocák Slavomír, Veberová Linda, Hudák Lukáš, Samuel Šefčík, Nikolas Šefčík, Patrik Bobko.
The youngest players of HC Košice also dedicated their free time to hockey. Children born between 2013-2016 were happy to practice hockey inside the training hall of Steel Arena where they have been acquiring valuable elementary hockey skills under the supervision of their coaches. As it was pointed out several times during the recruitment process, the youngest players need to find hockey interesting and that’s why the practices were held in the form of different competitions focused primarily on movement and coordination, and on acquirement of skating basics and speed.
Staff: Jaroslav Beluško (head coach), Mgr. Tomáš Pollák (assistant coach), Vladimír Marinčin (assistant coach), Vladimír Marinčin ml. (assistant coach), Jakub Mackaľ (assistant coach), Peter Kovarik (team manager)
Roaster: Huštáty Matúš, Varga Kristína, Heržák Ján, Murcko Jakub, Kimák Michal, Hollý Adam, Hadaš Daniel, Varga Matúš, Kubička Kristián, Macejka Maximilián, Husár Matej, Thur Miroslav, Kovarik Dominik, Oroslan Adam, Bebko Adam, Kateržábek Róbert, Strompf Leonhard Peter, Čulík Viliam, Hriňák Oliver, Novákova Nina, Antoňák Sebastian, Butkovič Matej, Szczawinská Mirka, Majerník Richard, Pribula Viliam, Pixa Adam, Tribula Roland, Staňa Ryan, Šurka Richard, Petrov Peter, Machač Leonard, Chovan Ryan , Jarčuška Matteo, Kundrát Matúš, Kocák Jaromír, Vitkovský Daniel, Seman Kristián, Mojdis Marek, Kudla Maxim, Alexander Matej, Lenko Lukáš, Hurkala Oliver, Slebodník Michal, Kundrát Sergej, Chomjak Andrej, Ferencz Peter, Tomlein Teodor, Komár Matúš, Urbanec Boris, Bicek Dávid, Mojdis Peter, Kovárik Mia Emily, Nagy Tomáš, Sedlák Tomáš, Jajda Nikolaj.
A leader of hockey preparational camps of HC Košice, Miroslav Kozárik, also evaluated the season positively: "Whether we are looking at it from the perspective of a training process or from the perspective of organization of a collective and group, the hockey preparation camps of HC Košice underwent a small transformation. The number of training units has been stabilized and the number of coaches increased during the process. Recruitments were carried out regularly during the season in cooperation with SIHF that initiated the event “Deti na hokej” (Children let’s play hockey!). This event brought many benefits to our club in the form of equipment for players and goaltenders. The organization tried to improve communication on the telephone line between club and parents. Sponsors and parents cooperated to ensure equipment for all preparation camp categories. Of course, work is not finished yet and the team has already started to outline goals for the future!
We would like to thank each of the above-mentioned coaches, players, sponsors, parents and all people who participated in the functioning and development of our preparation camps, you all have our greatest admiration. We believe that also thanks to HC Košice, hockey is becoming an integral part of children’s life and development, and we hope that they will continue to represent our club in the upcoming seasons!”
(HC KE Media tim : SB)