The executive committee of the Slovak Ice Hockey Association announced on Wednesday that Klimkovice's Vladimír Vůjtek Sr. is the new coach of the Slovak national team. The contract runs from September 1, 2011 to 2012 with an option to extend it over the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Vladimír Vůjtek Sr., shown coaching Vítkovice.
The senior Vůjtek, father of former NHLer Vladimír Vůjtek Jr., has been coaching in Russia for the last three seasons, last at Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He also coached many years in the Czech Extraliga with Vítkovice, Zlín and Třinec. He won the Russian championship twice with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (2002 and 2003) and reached the final of the Czech Extraliga playoffs three times.
Vůjtek replaces Glen Hanlon, who coached Slovakia during the World Championship on home ice this spring. Their 10th-place finish was a huge disappointment and, with Vůjtek behind the bench, Slovakia has great hopes for better results.
Slovak Peter Oremus, who currenty is coach of HK 36 Skalica, was announced as his assistant coach.