Do you know what made Slovakia tick on the foreign forums and social networks earlier this week? It was the Slovak ice-hockey team and its unexpected achievements at the World Junior Championships that took place in Canada. This sporting event might not be as recognized among Slovak fans as the senior tournament filled with many famous hockey names, nevertheless Canadian fans follow junior championship closely, because that is the ultimate platform for the famous hockey names of tomorrow. So do we have some rising stars among the Slovak juniors?
As the tournament took place in Canada, we will also take a closer look at its ice-hockey environment and speak to a Canadian sports sociologist about their relation to ice hockey and to the Slovak players in the closely watched National Hockey League.
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Zuzana Botiková Foto: SITA