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    So the latest rumour has it that "Pallfy's" candidate is Tibor Turan. So we might actually be sorry to see Nemecek go after all, LOL.
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    It seems there will be only two candidates for the presidency and both of them are members of the current executive committee.

    First one is above mentioned Tibor Turan, supported by Palffys' group (whomever that might be), the other one is Martin Kohut (who also works as a manager for an IT company in Slovakia). It seems that the latter one is supported both by Nemecek and Lintner.

    It is worth noting that under the old statutes, the president chose the members of the executive committee, while under the new ones they will be elected by the Congress just as the president. So everything seems to suggest that there might be some kind of behind the scenes agreement to have one of Nemecek's people (who is also acceptable for the other group/striking players) as the president and to get the people from the other group onto the executive committee (where there is technically more power to make changes). /this is pure speculation at the moment of course/

    Under the new statutes the committee will consist of 11 members:

    - president
    - 1 representative of Extraliga teams
    - 1 representative of I.liga teams
    - 1 representative of II.liga teams
    - 2 representative of youth hockey
    - 1 representative of sport experts
    - 1 representative of national teams section
    - 1 representative of players
    - 2 representatives of newly created committees

    The candidates for these positions also had to be nominated yesterday by the latest but unlike the ones for presidency were not announced yet. Some little info has been however published - Richard Lintner has been nominated to be the representative of Extraliga, Ľubomír Višňovský as a representative for the national teams section and NY Rangers scout Ján Gajdošík as a representative of youth hockey.

    Most of the votes at the Congress will come from the clubs under the new statutes:

    - 1 vote for a delegate of a registered member (i.e. association of inlne hockey, regional federations or clubs that didn't take part in any competition)
    - 1 vote for the delegate of sport experts
    - 1 vote for a delegate from players'association/reprseneting at least 50 players
    - 5 votes for a delegate of an Extraliga club
    - 3 votes for a delegate of a I. liga club
    - 1 vote for a delegate of a club playing other leagues
    - 1 vote for each youth team in the younger pupils/older pupils/cadets*/dorast/junior categories

    This means in case that a club has an Extraliga team, a farm team in I. liga and teams in all youth categories they would get 13 votes all together (5 for Extraliga, 3 for I. liga and 5 for the youth teams)

    *newly created nationwide competition for the u16 category

    It's worth noting that most of the changes to the statutes are not a result of the players strike but of Slovakia's new sports law which decreed many of them in case that SZLH wants to continue receiving public funds.

    The new executive committee will only be elected for a period of 3 years, the next period after that will also be 3 years in order to match with Slovakia hosting the Worlds in 2019 and with the 2022 Olympics.

    More details about the changes to the statutes can be founder (in Slovak) HERE

    I believe it's too early to draw any conclusions before we see who actually makes it to the executive committe. However it's generally believed among fans that Turan running for the position of SZLH president is a bad joke as he is best known for leaving the Extraliga team in Poprad in shambles and financial troubles (every year worrying whether they would even start the season). Funnily enough the Extraliga club from Poprad is atcually amongst those that nominated Kohut (together with clubs from Michalovce and Gelnica as well as several players including Extraliga legende from Poprad Arne Krotak and Lubo Visnovsky). That alone should send alarm bells to anyone who considers casting their vote for him on June 16th.
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    Last week 5 players founded SIHPA, an association of Slovak hockey players. The president is Rastislav Konecny, amabassador is Dusan Pasek Jr. and other members include Milan Kytnar, Marek Slovak, Erik Caladi and Adam Drgon. The association proposed Jozef Stumpel as the players' representative to the Executive Committee of SZLH.
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    Nominees to the Executive Committee and other positions for Thursday's elections

    SZĽH President:
    1. Martin Kohút
    2. Tibor Turan

    Extraliga:
    1. Richard Lintner
    2. František Sucharda

    I. Liga:
    1. Róbert Lupták

    II. Liga:
    1. Ladislav Gross

    Youth clubs:
    1. Július Beňuš
    2. Viliam Čacho
    3. Ján Gajdošík
    4. Michal Longauer
    5. Peter Oremus
    6. Jaromír Šmátrala

    National team:
    1. Róbert Švehla
    2. Ľubomír Višňovský

    Players:
    1. Rastislav Pavlikovský
    2. Jozef Stümpel

    Sports experts:
    1. Peter Országh
    2. Andrea Švrčková

    Comittee for economy and marketing:
    N/A

    Comittee for competitions:
    1. Eduard Hartmann
    2. Jaoslav Sabol
    3. Jaromír Šmátrala
    4. Roman Štamberský

    Board of Supervisors chairman:
    1. Lukáš Machala
    2. Vadimír Polakovič
    3. Jaromír Šmátrala
    4. Rastislav Železník

    Board of Supervisors members:
    1. Ivan Droppa
    2. Jozef Mitocha
    3. Jaromír Šmátrala
    4. Michal Taliga
    5. Ľubomír Vaic

    Elections committee:
    N/a

    Disciplinary committe chairman:
    1. Vladimí Palečka
    2. Jaromír Šmátrala

    Disciplinary committe vice-chairman:
    1. Vladimí Palečka

    Licence committee chairman:
    1. Olive Pravda


    Licence committee vice- chairman:
    1.Juraj Titl

    Appeals disciplinary committee vice-chairman:
    1. Mária Šišková

    Appeals disciplinary committee chairman and members: N/A

    Referee committee chairman:
    1. Vladimí Baluška
    2. Ľuboš Jakubec
    3. Peter Országh
    4. Jozef Vrábel


    Referee committee vice-chairman:
    1. Vladimír Kontšek
    2. Milan Novák

    Permanent Arbitration Court chairman:
    1. Juraj Koval
    2. Jaromír Šmátrala


    Permanent Arbitration Court vice-chairman:
    Jozef Pukalovič
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    The Congress started todatly at 10 a.m., it's nearing 10 p.m. over here and we are still waiting for election results as we have been for about 4 hours now.

    Although the year is 2016, the votes were cast on paper, so they need to be counted manually. Furthermore in the 1st round itvwas necessary to gain a qualified majority of the votes in order to get elected. This is unlikely to happen for positions with more than 2 candidates and there will have to be a 2nd round. The results for all the positions will only be announced after the 2nd round. It looks like the Congress will continue into the night or even that the elections will continue tomorrow.

    However it sounds like there is a big chance that Turan won as president, in which case I personally am probably definitely done with Slovak hockey. Clubs who elect someone like him deserve no fans.
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    Slovak daily SME claims that as per unofficial info Kohut has won.

    Votes are still being counted for the 2nd round - 2 positions needed to be counted, so no official word yet.
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    In the end it was confirmed that Martin Kohut is the new SZLH president as he won 150 of the votes.

    New executive committee:
    Extraliga - Frantisek Sucharda
    1.liga - Robert Luptak
    2.liga - Ladislav Gross
    Youth clubs - Peter Oremus, Michal Longauer
    National teams - Robert Svehla
    Players - Jozef Stumpel
    Sports Experts - Ivan Droppa
    Chairman of the commission for economics and marketing: Dusan Mraz
    Chairman of the competition commission: Roman Stambersky

    It's a relief that Turan didn't win but it's hard to day whether this is a win for Slovak hockey. For one thing Kohut is by many considered a lesser evil, he was one of Nemecek's people before.

    The hope with Lintner and co. supporting Kohut was that they could get into the executive committee positions. However I think not a single one from them actually made it, not even Lintner himself. So from that POV it looks like it was a good decision to support Kohut by them because Lintner would likely stand no chance against Turan.

    However the majority of the executive committee are Turan's supporters, so that might create an impasse potentially.

    Kohut has said that he will offer the position of national team GM to Miroslav Satan. However the position is currently held by Robert Svehla who also got elected to the EC for the national teams. Satan as GM would need to be approved by the EC, so not sure how that will work.

    Also, while a lot can be done by the federation but it all needs to start in the clubs. And if so many of them think that Tibor Turan who is best known for leaving an Extraliga club with a 900 000 Euro debt is the right person to lead all of Slovak hockey...
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    What are the odds that the two Hungarian teams (MAC and DVTK) are admitted to the Extraliga? There is a lot of tumors going around that if both were to move over they would be accepted.. I've also heard a few teams are trying to sell their Extraliga license, would they need the rest of the leagues approval to buy those and enter the league, or could they just purchase the license and enter without any sort of vote from the rest of the Extraliga?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobIzsak View Post
    What are the odds that the two Hungarian teams (MAC and DVTK) are admitted to the Extraliga? There is a lot of tumors going around that if both were to move over they would be accepted.. I've also heard a few teams are trying to sell their Extraliga license, would they need the rest of the leagues approval to buy those and enter the league, or could they just purchase the license and enter without any sort of vote from the rest of the Extraliga?
    To be honest, I have absolutely no idea. Since Lintner has said that the Tipsport Liga teams declined the participation of foreign teams for next season, there has been absolutely no news in Slovak media on this.

    Given the context of my last posts, I believe that you can imagine that the interest was completely elsewhere within the Slovak hockey movement in the past few weeks.

    Really I don't think this is a good time for these kind of changes to the league.

    As for the license, as far as I can remember I believe that in the past it wasn't possible to sell it at all. But perhaps something changed there. I don't think there's any way they can join even if it's possible to buy it without the agreement of both Pro-Hokej and the Tipsport Liga team.
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    Really? I think it'd be the perfect time for something like this..

    If you look at what the EBEL is doing and how they're expanding, the Extraliga is kind of being left behind.. Both Hungarian teams would be financially stable (arguably the MOST stable teams in the league behind Kosice) would bring in money, an international aspect to the league (TV rights being sold to Hungarian channels), and some more high end competition.

    It would also give the Extraliga a start towards expanding else where, perhaps Poland, Czech (look at Znojmo in the EBEL) or even western Ukraine. Not to mention stealing away one of the EBEL's most likely expansion cities in Budapest..

    It's obvious there isn't enough money available to support all of the teams in the Extraliga, weather that is because most of the money goes to keeping Slovan in the KHL or simply because of a poor economy I don't know, but bringing in foreign teams and charging expansion fee's like the one that was proposed when DVTK wanted to join the league would seem like a good way of bringing in revenue.

    Skalica is gone so the league has gotten smaller by one team already, theres rumours Piestany is out as well which would leave you at 8 teams + Team Orange.

    For example, charging 2 million Euro per team, and you bring in MAC, DVTK, 2 Polish teams and maybe 1 Ukrainian team would bring in 10 million Euro split between the 8-9(?) Slovak teams.. It would help a lot towards paying salaries.

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    I meant that the top league is really far from the most important area that the Slovak hockey movement needs to focus on.

    While I'm not saying I am against such option, it's a big decision and all of the advantages and disadvantages should be evaluated properly and we are less than 3 months from the start of the season, so I don't think it should be done on such a short notice. If the league should be expanded, it should be well prepared.

    Furthermore the expansion of the league is something that is supported by Lintner but as proven by yesterday's elections despite his position within Pro Hokej, he is not so popular with many people within Slovak teams and for those people this is a rather controversial topic, so perhaps for now it might be better for him to humor them in this regard in order not to shake his position even more.

    Also, your count of the teams is wrong as Skalica's place was taken by Nove Zamky who gained promotion from I.liga in the play out, so there are currently 10 teams + HK Orange 20:

    Nitra
    Zvolen
    Trencin
    Kosice
    Zilina
    Poprad
    Banska Bystrica
    Martin
    Piestany
    Nove Zamky
    (HK Orange 20)

    As for Piestany, the talk about selling license sounds pretty much like typical tactics of Slovak Tipsport Liga teams that they use in order to scare the cities' government etc. to give them money to survive or something.
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    Post elections reactions

    MARTIN KOHUT AFTER ELECTIONS
    - he will try to convice Turan's supporters in the EC to work with him, and mentions that there are also some of his people in the EC
    - he revealed Martin Filko, a prominent Slovak economist who tragically drowned in the Danube two months ago. His last meeting with Kohut was about sports and Filko told Kohut "to clean up Slovak hockey"
    - as mentioned he plans to call Miroslav Satan today and offer him the job of the GM NT
    - he claims Lintner doesn't have enough support within the clubs to get into the EC, however Kohut intends to help him as much as he can and to change the relationship between the federation and ProHokej.
    - he might involve Igor Nemecek in the organisation committee for IHWC 2019
    - he will not get paid for the job

    TIBOR TURAN AFTER THE ELECTIONS

    "Of course I am disappointed. The promoses I had from the clubs predicted us as the winner. I gained another experienc ein my life, that you can only rely on yourself. On the other hand, I'm happy that it worked out this way because I don't envy the people who will lead Slovak hockey at all. I congratulate Martin Kohut and wish him well in his efforts to lead hockey out of crisis. I wish that we can finally achieve peace in Slovak hockey and all of us enjoyed good results."

    "By no means will I work with Mr. Kohut and I have personal reasons for that."

    THE HOCKEY MOVMENT REACTS
    Dárius Rusnák (former member of the EC)
    "Martin Kohut won in democratic elections and I wish him well in his efforts to unite the federation and the whole hockey movement. The new president will have a very tough job because of the people who made it to the Executive Committee. Tought to say whether he is new blood, after all he worked within the EC for a year. His program convinced more people and I wish him many successes in his work."

    Miroslav Kováčik (president of HK Nitra)

    "I don't expect any miracles from the new president. It will be very hard, but that would be the same for the other candidate. Although new sports law was passed, I don't think it brough anything worldshaking. The support must be completely different. Just look to the Czech republic or Hungary, it's beyond comparison. Until we move closer to the conditions that the mentioned countries can create, we won't be able to compete. And it doesn't matter who is the president of the federation."

    Ján Lašák (players' delegate at the Congress)
    "I'm intrigued to see the work of the new president of the federation. He needs to roll up his sleeves and start working. There's no room for celebration. We will see what he does and what he will bring to hockey. I believe he will do better than his opponent would do. We will see whether it will work because the executive committee....If the federation is lead by the right man, who can unite both sides, it can move forward."

    Richard Lintner (chief of ProHokej)
    "I think that Martn Kohut has a lot of work ahead of him. I will root for him and I will try to help him the best I can so that we can move hockey forward together. The clubs have chosen and I think that Martin with his management abilities can work effectively in the Executive Committee. I think that Slovak hockey took a huge step forward. It's an interesting platform for us to make more steps into the future."

    Róbert Švehla (NT GM and newly elected member of the EC)
    "The clubs have chosen and that's how it is. The new president has declared that he wants to unite the movement, so he gets the room for this. Personally I gave more chances to Tibor Turan, but I accept the results. In the EC elections I was given trust ahead of Visna and I don't want to disappoint people. I'm disappointed that the new president wants Miroslav Šatan as the GM of the NT. He knows very well that my contract is valid for one more year. But it's the new president's decision. Miro got such an offer a year ago and we all know how that worked out. I will accept, what the boss of the federation says."

    Michal Handzuš (Leader of boycotting players)

    "The clubs finally had a chance to elect their president and they have him. The president and the EC got their mandate and now it§s time to start working. If the processes are set correctly, the results might come in ten or fifteen years. There are two important things, youth and infrastructure. If we improve youth hockey, the results will come in a minimum of ten years. Time will tell how it's all going to work. Mr. Kohut is a manager and he will have to lead the EC. He says he is trying to unite. So that will be his goal to unite everyone to work together."
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    Is Piestany going to have a team this season? And has the Extraliga teams been confirmed? I've heard there is a lot of movement in the 1.Liga and 2.Liga, but I have not seen much confirmed for the Extraliga..

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    If the latest IIHF Survey of Players is to be believed, it seems that there continues to be an upwards trend in regards to numbers of registered players in Slovakia:

    Total numbers of registered players: 12 769
    Male: 3 139
    Junior: 9 630
    Female: 763
    Indoor rinks: 66
    Outdoor rinks: 28

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    It has been a few months sinceMartin Kohut was elected as the new president of SZLH. Since then the federation has seen the creation of a new projects and development office, at the moment they have prepared 19 areas in which the federation would like to support a positive improvement in Slovak hockey. As part of this project. Since the start it had also been announced by Martin Kohut that he would like to open up the federation more. Therefore anyone can sign up online here to help in one of the 19 areas (although they will only be contacted in case that they have experience in the given field) or propose new projects that they believe could help Slovak hockey.

    "We want to create room for everyone who is interested in working for Slovak hockey. We know where the problem is and we know that there's a lot that needs to be changed. We believe that there is a lot of experienced people in Slovakia who could help Slovak hockey achieve the status that we were once used to. We would like to achieve what the Finns managed a few years ago and thanks to which they are successful at the moment. We would like to join the power and experience of the people from the hockey movement on the road towards a common goal and to create a discussion which will lead people to believe that change is possible if we all can cooperate. We believe that this is a way how we can be successful in the future."
    - Diana Kosova, director of the Projects office
    Sounds nice and all, but for now it's once again just theoretical talk...
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    Pavel Zacha mentions on his website that he has been asked by the Slovak federation to become an independent consultant for them. He also mentions that in his talks with SZLH president Martin Kohut, Kohut told him about some of the projects SZLH was planning, but that he is unable to share the details right now as the projects are still only at the preparation stage.

    http://www.zacha-hokej.cz/domu/pavel...ledniho-hokeje

    The overall impression however is that the ambitions are big. The thing is however that it will take all of this season to prepare these projects, which will leave them with only 2 seasons to implement them as we will have new elections in 3 years due to the shortened period the current leadership has.

    Still, I am cautiously somewhat optimistic.
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    The IIHF website had a short interview with Martin Kohut at the end of last month:


    Kohut at the helm


    New president wants to revive Slovak hockey

    26.10.2016
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    New Slovak Ice Hockey Federation President Martin Kohut. Photo: Jan Sukup


    BRATISLAVA – As the new president of the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation, Martin Kohut has big plans for the future, aiming for nothing less than returning Slovak ice hockey back to the glory days it had enjoyed in the past. IIHF.com spoke with the new president starting into his first season.

    What have you worked on in your new position since you have been elected as President of the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation?
    I have a strategy to change the federation to better serve its purpose. Over the past few weeks I met with every single employee and discussed about their job, what they want to do, what they want to improve and how they want to progress in their career. On the other side, I tried to explain to them my vision on how the federation should work.

    What are you going to do next?
    I would like to adjust the federation into the style of a good functional corporation. Everyone expects rejuvenation, but I have to ensure the smooth run of the federation for the next period.

    After that we can start to prepare development projects, which we couldn't start immediately, because of all the things I said before. This is what I am doing at the moment. I just want to make the federation work right.

    Before you started working in ice hockey, you were CEO of an international IT corporation. Was the change of field difficult for you?
    I am not sorting out the hockey strategies, training development, etc. I will focus on forming the federation as a utility movement and that‘s a managerial work. This involves working with people, hierarchy, structure of the employees and their work habits.

    Just as in a good corporation, a federation should serve its purpose and work as effectively as possible. Today I am in the position when I am learning about the ways how the federation works. We pay 130 employees and I need to know, what they get their money for to make their work more effective if it's possible.

    Do you consider a cooperation with the ex-president Igor Nemecek in the future?
    Mr. Nemecek has worked in ice hockey for a long time. He can speak five languages and he has had experience working at the IIHF executive level from his time in Council. We can use these good relationships. We are going to host the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship next year and in 2019 the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. He can be a strategic communicator for us, someone who knows the whole structure and can assist in cooperation with the IIHF.

    You were quoted that you would like to see Miroslav Satan as a general manager of Slovak national team. Have you spoken with him yet?
    I didn‘t say that. I made a statement that I want to put right person on the right position and I think for this position the right person is Miroslav Satan. He was busy this year working as the general manager of Team Europe for World Cup of Hockey. His success with the team in that competition means that he might get a job in NHL team. It will be a big challenge for me to sign him for this position. We need to start making a new concept for all national teams. We want him to be a leader of the all national teams, not only just the senior team.

    Before you became President of the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation you said that Slovakia should go the Finnish way. Would you like to have foreign coach in the national team, maybe from Finland?
    This is not a question for me. Everything will depend on the new leader of national teams. He will be in charge of all national teams from U16 to first national team of Slovakia. Nowadays everyone says that we don‘t work professionally in youth national teams. If we want to change it, we have to set the goals what we want to achieve in the next few years and we need to make it smoother for the players to jump from one national team to the other. In my opinion Miroslav Satan is the best choice for this position.

    What‘s your plan on improving youth development?
    Again, this is question for a particular leader. Another big player from the past, Michal Handzus, is very interested in working on this. We are preparing the concept of promoting the sport. Parents don‘t want to put their kids in ice hockey because they think, it wouldn‘t prepare them for the future. I understand that, because not many players from Slovakia make the NHL or KHL, so they likely send them to study something that gives them more possibilities in the future.

    Here we want to show the parents, that the education in hockey academy can give their child more than the one in a state high school. We want to make sure that the kids who would attend these hockey schools would be automatically accepted by sports universities after they are 18 years old. I don‘t think we will start to win World Championships straightaway, but I believe, we can make the best eight teams in the world for good.

    JURAJ HUDAK
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    Deti Na Hokej (SIHF recruitment program)

    Last season the Slovak federation (re)started a recruitmen program called Deti Na Hokej (I suppose it could very losely be translated as Kids to (play) hockey).

    Technically the campaign first started back during the 2012 IHWC with a TV spot with Miro Satan and Peter Bondra.

    So even some of the SZLH articles refer to this season's as the 6th year of the program, while others refer to it as the 2nd one.

    But at the end of the last season they published an analysis of the results.

    In the 2015/2016 season 2571 children (1824 boys and 747 girs) in 23 different hockey clubs took part in the program, 301 of whom have joined the hockey clubs afterwards.

    This season the program is scheduled to take place in 43 different hockey clubs all over the country.

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    Sport Inak have visited Martin Kohut and were also present for meetings of two of the teams of the new project office

    http://www.sportinak.sk/martin-kohut...ovy-zvaz-zmeny

    - when Kohut was asked to describe his tenure he chose the words "change of the system"
    - one of his aims was to open the federation to the public. Previusly when you wanted to visit all you would find were locked doors and zou got inside by ringing a bell. Nowadays visitors are welcome by a receptionist and leads them to a conference room where a SZLH employee meets them
    - although the Congress in June it was agreed that the president would get a salary of 3500 EUR/month, Kohut says that he isn't receiving any money for his SZLH work
    - some of the people who are included n the projects are Michal Handzus, Miro Satan, Peter Bondra or Martin Cibak
    - the selection of national team coaches has changed - the federation publishes the offer, candidates apply and present their projects and then a special committee selects the winner. The coach of the women's u15 team was already chosen this way and once Zdeno Ciger's contract expires at the end of the season, it will be the same for the men's team
    - one of the project groups that they attended was the project group with the topic of building small hockey rinks. The project should be finished by the end of the year and the construction should start next year. The aim is to build 10 small multifunctional arenas primarily used as hockey rinks in the grounds of schools. The surface will be smaller than a reguar rink though
    - also discussed was the re-organisation of the competitions which they want to present to the Congress in June. However they will need 2/3 of the votes to get it through
    - as ProHokej also has its office in the same building Richard Lintner dropped by and said hi to Kohut during the day. Kohut says that what the journaists saw was an expression of the kind of relationship he and Lintner have /compared to the only formal relations Nemecek had with him and ProHokej/
    - "Money is not a problem" Kohut said, which is a very unusual thing to hear from someone involved in Slovak sports. He said in worst case scenario the federation could pay for the construction of 2 of the rinks mentioned earlier from the funds that they receive from the government based on the new Sports law. He also mentioned that whe he asked the people in regions what kind of reconstruction they needed all they said was that they needed money, but nobody had a project of what they would use it for. So in the last 10 years 46 millions were invested into the rinks, but this money was "thrown"out /meaning it was used for ad hoc repairs etc. think/
    The issue with the rinks s that they are owned bt the town and hence should be cared for by the town administrations, but Kohut says he can help them get the money for the reconstructions
    - the federation aso has an aim of creating 8 hockey academies in 8 Slovak cities which would replace the national u20 team programme. The players should not only learn English in the academies, but also be taught subjects n Engish and they should also prepare them to work in off ice position in hockey in case hockey doesn't work out for them. Kohut says that he doesn't want to create the academies artifically, let's say in the 8 biggest towns.He mentions Topolcany, a small town that was the first in Slovakia to have hockey sports classes and is home to players such as Miro Satan or Lubo Visnovsky. Hence they are mapping out the situation and finding out where there are people who are active and want to work for hockey.

    Is there still hope for Slovak hockey?
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    117 cities in Slovakia have shown interest in the project of the small rinks (with 20mx40m ice surface). These should be financed and operated by the federation. They should be used not only for hockey, but also for other sports /tennis, climbing walls, street work out, bike park/.

    These should primarily serve children aged 6 to 11 years old.





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    In the month of May 40 Slovak hockey experts will meet for the first National development seminar which should set the vision of Slovak hockey moving forward. This should be a similar seminar to the ones that took place in Sweden and Finland in 2003 and 2009 respectively.

    http://www.hockeyslovakia.sk/sk/clan...e-zjednotit-sa
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    The Slovak federation and ProHokej have signed a memorandum with the company Kaufland who has become the new general partner of the Slovak federation as well as the main partner of the Tipsport Liga regular season and general partner of the play-offs.
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    A few updates

    - cooperation with the Canadian and Finnish federation: the Slovak U18 NT will prepare in Canada and several coaches and other hockey experts will travel to Canada for education purposes. Slovak coaches and experts will also travel to Finland for this same purpose and former NT player Martin Strbak will study in Finland for 3 years as a hockey expert. Additionaly the various Slovak NTs will take part in traing camps together with the various Finnish NTs in the pre-season

    - starting from the 17/18 season the I. liga teams will only be allowed 3 foreign players and will have to have 7 Slovak U23 players on the roster. In exhacnge for this the each of the I.liga clubs have eceved 10 000 Euro to buy hockey sticks

    - a new activity at club level: Visegrad Cup with 4 Slovak teams (Poprad, Žilia, Nitra and Nové Zámky)and 4 Hungarian teams (UTE Budapest, Fehervar AV 19, Miskolc Jegesmedvek and MAC Budapest). The preliminary round will be played in August and the play-offs in October, November and December. There are hopes to expand the Cup to Poland as well as Czech republic

    - there now appears to be an e-registry of all Slovak clubs and players
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    Yesterday the annual meeting of the Congress of the Slovak federation took place. So far we only have the news from press releases etc. as it takes a few days or weeks for the official reports to be published, but a few interesting news anyway:

    - As I mentioned earlier Robert Svehla gave up his position as a member of the executive committee responsible for the national teams. Originally there were two candidates to replace them, Miro Satan and former u20 NT coach Ernest Bokros. Bokros gave up his candidacy himself yesterday, so Miro Satan was elected to this position. Talks about him becoming the GM of the NT are still ongoing. The same goes for the coach of the NT, they say that some of the talks are also in English, so a foreign coach might be a possibility, the name should be known in the middle of July

    - new conditions for sharing money to the clubs for youth development were agreed upon, which should be based on the clubs performance in this regard

    - the company Infra s.r.o. was crated with its sole responsibility being the building of those small hockey rinks etc. 9 Slovak cities will take part in this program

    - the hockey federation should get a 4 million one time donation from the government

    - a new end of the transfer window was decided (31st of January instead of February 15th)

    - the budget (7 million Euro) of the federation was agreed upon

    - all decisions were accepted with around 90% of the votes wth 50 out of 72 delegates coming to the Congress. I suppose that this means that some of the critical voices that for example had planned to initiate a vote on Kohut's position didn't even bother to show up

    Kohut has also shared that the clubs have received 1,5 millon Euro from he federation this season and that it would be 1,1 million Euro more the next season. Coinciding with this SZLH also shared on their facebook profile that they have aother new partner - Nicolaus.

    Kohut has also mentions what he deems as positives in his annual report: the progress of Tipsport Liga, growing attendance at the rinks,the electronic registry, youth projects, marketing, PR and better communication with the public.

    From my personal view I have to agree on the last points, most of the decisions that they make can be found on the website (although I'm not sure how much of it is required to be published because of the Sports law anyway).
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