The hockey landscape in Slovakia has shifted dramatically recently, with big changes coming at the international and professional levels. The former concerns the nation’s junior programs, while the latter involves Slovan Bratislava, one of the most notable teams in the country, leaving the KHL and rejoining the Extraliga. This season, the merits of those decisions will begin to unfold.
On the junior scene, Slovakia has shuttered its Orange 20 program, which was originally designed as the nation’s own version of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Orange 20 brought together a bunch of Slovakia’s under-20 players on the same team, where they would prepare for international tournaments by facing off against men in the Extraliga and the second-tier Liga. In terms of wins and losse...
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