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The Slovak national team will also be led by Canadian coach Craig Ramsay in the upcoming 2023/24 season. This was announced by SZLH President Miroslav Šatan at Tuesday’s press conference in Bratislava.
“Every year I think it’s the last one. I discussed my decision with my wife, who replied: I know you will go back there, and that you will not give up. She understands me. In recent years, she hasn’t had as many opportunities to come to Slovakia, but she likes it here a lot,” the experienced coach told Slovak journalists.
“Every year I think it’s the last one. I discussed my decision with my wife, who answered: I know you will return there, and that you will not give up.
Craig Ramsay took over the Slovaks in 2017, since then he has already led them to five championships or two tournaments under five rings. He achieved his greatest success last year at the Olympics in Beijing, where he led our eastern neighbors to a historic bronze.
Last time in Riga, his wards did not make it into the top eight and finished ninth. But the 72-year-old coach was returning home as the record holder for the number of matches on the Slovakian bench, he already has 125. He surpassed the record of Júlio Šupler, who led the Slovaks 122 times.
Ramsay received a special flurry
From the SZLH management, Ramsay received a commemorative plaque and a special fan. “First I have to find out how it is with the plane transportation. I have a room where all the hockey stuff is kept. I will be happy if he joins them,” said the moved Slovak coach.
“It’s just a shame that we didn’t manage to win my record game against Kazakhstan. That is why I will have a bitter memory of him. On the other hand, I am extremely appreciative of what we have managed to achieve together,” added Craig Ramsay.
“The next championship in the Czech Republic will be practically like our home one. I believe that we will continue our attacking, fast game and we will make a success.”
Now he is already looking forward to the next WC, which will be held in the Czech Republic. As in 2004 and 2015, the Slovaks will play the group stage in Ostrava. “The next championship in the Czech Republic will be practically like our home one. I believe we will continue our attacking, fast game and make it a success,” said Ramsay determinedly after announcing the extension.
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