Ceresnák, Dano invited to Slovak WJC camp

Friday, 12.07.2012 / 3:55 PM
Mike G. Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Slovak Ice Hockey Association has announced its preliminary 29-man roster of players who will be competing for spots on the National Team that will participate in the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, later this month.

Slovakia head coach Ernest Bokros will have five returnees in the mix, including goalie Richard Sabol, defensemen Peter Bezuska and Peter Ceresnák, and forwards Marko Dano and Richard Mraz. Slovakia suffered an 8-5 loss to Finland in the quarterfinals of the medal round last year.

Slovakia's camp will take place in Bratislava Ice Stadium, the home rink of Slovan Bratislava, beginning Monday. The club has three tuneup games prior to the start of the tournament against a pair of Slovak league teams and against the Czech Republic. The 2013 WJC runs Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Russia.

Slovakia, which finished sixth 2012 WJC in Edmonton and Calgary, will compete in Group B with Russia, Canada, the United States and Germany. Defending goal medalist Sweden will head Group A with Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Lativa.

Ceresnák is the only player on the roster to be drafted by an NHL team. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound blueliner, selected by the New York Rangers in the sixth round (No. 172) in 2011, has one goal and four points for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.

The top 2013 draft-eligible skater on the Slovak camp roster, according to NHL Central Scouting's preliminary league rankings released last month, is Dano. The forward plays in the KHL for Slovan Bratislava and is rated seventh among skaters playing in Russia. According to NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb, Dano is tops among Slovaks.

As a 17-year-old, he struck for one goal and three points in six games at the 2012 WJC.

"[Dano] is a slippery, smart center -- a Slovakian playing for a Slovakian team [Slovan Bratislava] in the Russian-dominated KHL," Stubb told NHL.com. "He only earns about 10 minutes of ice time per game, and is smallish (5-11, 183), but has a good combination of speed, stick work and smarts. He plays a steady, two-way game and gives a consistent effort on every shift."

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Goalies: Adam Nagy, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Patrik Romancik, HK 36 Skalica (2013 draft eligible); Richard Sabol, Green Bay Gamblers, USHL (2013 draft eligible).

Defense: Emil Bagin, Dukla Trencin (2013 draft eligible); David Bajanik, Patriot Budapest, MHL (2013 draft eligible); Peter Bezuska, HC Trinec, CZE (2013 draft eligible); Richard Buri, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Peter Ceresnák, Peterbourgh Petes, OHL (New York Rangers); Karol Korim, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Patrik Luza, HC Slovan Bratislava, KHL (2013 draft eligible); Tomas Nechala, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Michal Pospisil, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Tomas Rusina, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible).

Forwards: Juraj Bezuch, HK 36 Skalica (2013 draft eligible); Andrej Bires, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible), Marko Dano, HC Slovan Bratislava, KHL (2013 draft eligible); Dominik Fujerik, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Denis Hudec, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Milan Kolena, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Michal Kristof, Vaasan Sport U20, FIN (2013 draft eligible); Patrik Lamper, HC 05 Banska Bystrica (2013 draft eligible); Matus Matis, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Tomas Mikus, HC Slovan Bratislava, KHL (2013 draft eligible); Bruno Mraz, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Richard Mraz, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Branislav Rapac, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible); Martin Reway, Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL (2013 draft eligible); Michal Uhrik, HK Orange 20 (2013 draft eligible).

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