Slovan fights again in the world's second most prestigious hockey league. The 10th Kontinental Hockey League season will start on August 21st with a game between the latest Gagarin Cup champion SKA St. Petersburg and the regular season winner CSKA Moscow. The only Slovak KHL representative, HC Slovan Bratislava, should kick off its sixth season one day later.
The Bratislava club
is among the KHL's best when it comes to quality of infrastructure, overall marketing presentation, and last but not least, development of the fan base and audience interest in KHL games.
After the departures of the Croatian club Medvescak Zagreb and Russian club Metallurg Novokuznetsk, some changes have been made. Altogether, 27 teams will compete in this jubilee season. Every KHL club will play 56 games in the 2017/2018 season - 28 home games and 28 away games. The regular season starts on August 21st
, 2017 with a derby between SKA St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow for the Opening Cup, and it will end with the last games being played on March 1st
, 2018. The Gagarin Cup play-offs will start two days afterward, and in case a Game 7 is played, it would be on April 26th
Slovan will meet with the strongest and most difficult clubs right in the beginning of the season. Moreover, the games will be played away. Players will play their first game of the KHL 2017/2018 season against the recent Gagarin Cup champions, SKA St. Petersburg. The game is planned for Wednesday, August 23rd
, at 6:30 p.m. Another away game is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. against another former Gagarin Cup prospect - Locomotive Yaroslavl. The first trip will finish in Moscow with a game against Dynamo Moscow on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The Blueshirts will play their first home game shortly after coming back from their first trip. On Wednesday, August 30th
at 7 p.m. they will play a game against Dinamo Minsk. This will be followed by a quick series of another four home games at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava
SLOVAN 2017/2018 GAMES SCHEDULE
WED, 30. 08. 19:00 Dinamo Minsk
FRI, 01. 09. 17:00 Sibir Novosibirsk
SUN, 03. 09. 17:00 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
TUE, 05. 09. 19:30 Avangard Omsk
FRI, 08. 09. 19:00 Neftechimik Nizhnekamsk
WED, 20. 09. 19:00 AK Bars Kazan
WED, 27. 09. 19:00 Vityaz Podolsk
SUN, 01. 10. 17:30 Spartak Moscow
TUE, 03. 10. 19:00 Severstal Cherepovets
THU, 05. 10. 19:00 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
SAT, 07. 10. 17:00 Dinamo Riga
MON, 09. 10. 19:00 HC Sochi
MON, 23. 10. 19:00 Dynamo Moscow
WED, 25. 10. 19:00 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
FRI, 27. 10. 19:00 SKA St. Peterburg
MON, 13. 11. 19:30 Salavat Yulaev Ufa
TUE, 21. 11. 19:00 Vityaz Podolsk
SAT, 25. 11. 17:30 Amur Khabarovsk
MON, 27. 11. 19:00 Kunlun Red Star
TUE, 28. 11. 19:00 Vladivostok Admiral
MON, 18. 12. 19:00 Barys Astana
WED, 20. 12. 19:00 Lada Togliatti
SAT, 23. 12. 17:00 Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg
SAT, 30. 12. 17:00 Jokerit Helsinki
SUN, 07. 01. 17:00 CSKA Moscow
THU, 11. 01. 19:00 Traktor Chelyabinsk
TUE, 09. 01. 19:00 Metallurg Magnitogorsk
THU, 01. 03. 19:00 Dinamo Minsk
An essential for all visitors and certainly an extremely attractive part of the local hockey scene at HC Slovan Bratislava
home stadium is the appearance of Angels cheerleaders. The Angels have been ever present at HC Slovan Bratislava games for ten years. During that time they have undergone various changes and are now acting as a professional dance group.
As their name suggests, Angels Cheerleaders are dedicated mainly to cheerleading during sport events. The pom poms are part of each cheerleader’s group performance, but they also incorporate a variety of dance styles into their choreography which make their shows very lively and attractive. The team of Angels Cheerleaders has about 25 permanent members who are constantly improving their dance performance through regular workouts.
To popularize and promote ice hockey itself, HC Slovan Bratislava
is involved in some notable community projects. "School Trip to Slovan"
(Škola ide na Slovan) is one such initiative. HC Slovan invites a group of about 50 school children to each home game in the Kontinental Hockey League once children had actively earned their invitation by improving their classroom or school surroundings. Slovan will take the most active children to the game in the same bus as used by the A team, being an experience itself.
They will watch the game from the reserved Ondrej Nepela Arena's A12 sector, right beside the rink. They’ll also receive some small souvenirs from the club and, just before the match, go on a tour of parts of the Slovnaft Arena, learning all sorts of things about the history of the most successful club in Slovakia. Alongside HC Slovan Bratislava, this project is also supported by the Bratislava Self-governing Region
HC Slovan Bratislava