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Tomas Tatar: My hometown

by NHL News / Detroit Red Wings

Tomas Tatar
has scored at least 20 goals for the Detroit Red Wings the past two seasons and won a silver medal with his native Slovakia at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

He's now looking to bring his 'A' game to Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

Team Europe begins its preliminary schedule at the World Cup against Team USA at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, TVA Sports). Tatar, 25, shared his thoughts on where he grew up in and what's on the menu when he heads home.

Dubnica nad Váhom facts:

Population: 26,617

History lesson: The town Dubnica nad Váhom is situated in the basin of the Váh River in Slovakia. It has a rich sports tradition and the development of sport is also very important in current times. In the town, there are 21 active sports clubs.

Festival atmosphere: Among the most important cultural performances, there is the Dubnica Folk Festival that attracts an international crowd.

Back in time: The oldest written record of Dubnica is included in a document from 1193. It's noted that Dubnica is a heritable property of brothers Vratislav and Piskin.

From here to there: The distance from Dubnica nad Vahom to Toronto is 4,332 miles (6,971 kilometers).

Tatar on Dubnica nad Váhom:

Childhood memories: "I am from Dubnica nad Vahom, but I was born in Ilava. My best memories of my hometown are running around with my friends when we were little kids or my hockey beginnings."

Sporting life: "My favorite place is probably the playground right in front of my parents' apartment. Myself and other kids used to meet there and that's where we played all kinds of different sports all day."

Mom's home cooking: "When I am home, I am trying to eat as much as I can at my mom's apartment. I don't get to see her all season and she makes Slovakian traditional food all the time, so I really like her kitchen."

A new world look: "I am looking forward to the World Cup. It's going to be a great tournament with many equal teams. I am honored to be part of Team Europe. It's something new and different."

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