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Slovakia names new coach for national team

August 17, 2011

And he’s Czech. Whoop. Vladimir Vůjtek has been given the nod to lead the Slovaks’ national team, with the option of staying on for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He is looking to take the team in a new direction, after years of somewhat disappointing results in which the national team has come up just short in the IIHF Championships and Olympics. Canadian Glen Hanlon had previously been coaching the team. Vůjtek will be commanding the team into a new era, one in which steadfast competitors like Satan and Chara may no longer be available. Jaro Halak is probably the only reliable idea of what the team will resemble at this point. 2014 is still a distant, abstract idea at this point, but the Slovak team could suffer more turnover than nearly every other team as compared with their 2010 Vancouver roster. Good coaching will be needed. Vladimír Vůjtek Sr (he has a son who’s played all over) has years of experience coaching in the Extraliga and KHL. Hopefully a good choice.

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