On 3 November 2016 the fourth Slovak University Ice Hockey Tournament took place under the auspices of the Slovak University Sports Association, who organized the tournament in partnership with the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation and Slovak tertiary institutions.

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By: CU Public Relations Office

This year the Comenius University men’s ice hockey team, made up of students of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport playing under the guidance of coach and university teacher Dr Igor Tóth, became Slovak university champions for the third time in a row. They achieved a “golden hat-trick” and won the Slovak University Sports Association’s Challenge Cup as the tournament winner.

Dr Tóth summed up the event as follows: “This tournament is an annual opportunity for us and our students who are studying ice hockey coaching at the Department of Sport Games at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport. The team is always changing with the addition of new students. The department has around 60 students from whom we form an academic team. We play in the tournament without having practised beforehand. As our students play in competitions and have lectures with me on the theory and teaching of ice hockey, we can make up a team of students from the first year right through to the fifth year of studies. The fact that the other universities are playing in the European University Hockey League means that the level of competition is getting higher each year. This was shown in the final, where we beat the University of Alexander Dubček in Trenčín by a close margin of 1:0.”

The ice hockey tournament was played in two groups of three teams:
The placings in Group A: 1. The University of Alexander Dubček in Trenčín, 2. Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, 3. The University of Prešov.
The placings in Group B: 1. Comenius University in Bratislava, 2. The Technical University of Košice, 3. The University of Žilina.

The Comenius University ice hockey team won the tournament, which meant a successful defence of their 2015 and 2014 titles. The prize for the best tournament defender was awarded to Comenius University team captain Nicolas Ketner, and the prize for most productive offensive player and best shooter went to Comenius University’s Martin Klaináč. Comenius University’s goalkeeper, Lukáš Orlík, was recognized as the second best at the tournament.

 CU Public Relations Office and Dr Igor Tóth