Friday, April 08, 2011

HC Košice Completes Three-peat as Slovak League Champs

Courtsey: HC Košice
While most other Leagues are trying for a unilateral parity, where any team can win the championship or at least have the chance at a great season, the HC Košice club has won their third consecutive Slovak league championship. They posted this victory against a strong showing of HK ŠKP Poprad.

This now makes 4 appearances in the Slovak Extraleague finals in 5 years including the dominating of cross-country rivals in Bratislava. Just like in America, they have already produced the new celebratory merchandise that fans scuttle to the sporting goods stores to be the first person on the block to wear. You can see the official team sweatshirt in the photo to the left. It looks nice.

Courtsey: HC Košice
There are a few familiar names on HC Košice as well as others who have spent time in the NHL or in other leagues. It must be a great feeling to see a fanbase so familiar with the championship round. I have been told by some other Slovak hockey league enthusiast sources that the league thrives off of sponsorships and the richer capital cities have more money to spend than some other smaller teams.Congratulations to HC Košice for making it this far once again.
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