The Daily Slovak News

All Smiles For Putin; None for Russian Team

Radicova: We want our document back (c) John Boyd, The Daily.SK

Russian PM Vladimir Putin brought some good luck with him on his visit to Slovakia today as the Congress of the International Ice hockey Federation gave the thumbs up to Russia’s bid to hold the 2016 World Championship. Russia was the only bid in the end as both Denmark and Ukraine retracted their bids for [...]

Stastny Offers EUR 10,000 for Stolen Jerseys

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Former Slovak hockey player and MEP, Peter Stastny, has put up a EUR 10,000 reward for the return of his five hockey jerseys, which were stolen from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday. Stastny says the jerseys are traded for around EUR 3,500 each, but that for him they have a much greater personal [...]

Putin Arrives in Slovakia for IIHF Congress

Vladimir Putin (c) John Boyd - The Daily.SK

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrives in Slovakia today, officially, in the hope of lobbying the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championships for Russia. The arrival of Putin was kept secret till the last minute, with suspicions that he would arrive for the Russia versus Canada quarter-final battle, which the Russians eventually won by 2-1 after [...]

Stastny’s Hockey Tops Stolen at Foreign Ministry

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As if it was not enough that Slovakia’s reputation is being tarnished by the hotel rooms of hockey players being cleared out, but now someone has had the cheek to steal five hockey tops of famous Slovak player Peter Stastny directly from the Hockey Night event at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The theft happened [...]

Hockey Hotels Trying to Prevent Further Thefts

DoubleTree hotel (c) The Daily.SK

Following thefts from hockey players’ rooms at two different hotels in Bratislava, the management of the hotels are trying to increase the security. The newly constructed Double Tree hotel next to the hockey stadium was the venue of the first theft, when Slovak player Pavol Demitra had all his personal belongings stolen from his room [...]

Bratislava hotels enjoying 80% occupancy rate

Hotel Sheraton Bratislava

The Slovak Hotels and Restaurants Association has estimated the occupancy rate of hotels in Bratislava during the Ice Hockey World Championships at as much as 80%, while the association believes this will increase further as later matches are shifted to Bratislava. This fares well against the figures from the first quarter of 2011, as hotels [...]

Danish Team Burgled at Hotel in Bratislava

photo (c) The Daily

The Danish hockey team was the next victim to suffer a burglary at their hotel room at the weekend, when unknown culprit(s) robbed 12 of their rooms together with that of a couple from Finland. The burglaries happened at the Tatra Hotel in Bratislava while the Danish team were playing a match. The total value [...]

The “El Classico” hockey match of Central Europe

We are all Fired Up! (C) The Daily

This evening sees the “El Classico” hockey match of Central Europe, as the Slovaks take on their arch rivals the Czech Republic. The two countries used to play together under former Czechoslovakia, when they became world champions an impressive six times. With the split of Czechoslovakia into the Czech and Slovak republics, the hockey team [...]

Mayor Ftacnik opens Hockey Square in Bratislava

Mayor Ftacnik opens Hockey Square (c) The Daily

Bratislava mayor Milan Ftacnik officially opened the so-called Hockey Square on the Main Square in Bratislava today, with a colourful opening ceremony. Speaking to The Daily before the ceremony, mayor Ftacnik explained that the square would be used for different cultural programmes during the remainder of the Ice Hockey World Championships. He said the culture [...]

Hockey goals were off-centre at Steel Arena

A slight embarrassment for the organisers at the Steel Arena in Kosice as the hockey goals were not aligned properly to the centre. The IIHF announced the news that the holes had been set 3 cm and 7 cm off-centre during the first matches of the tournament. They have now been set properly and the [...]

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