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THE SHAREHOLDERS AND MANAGEMENT OF HC SLOVAN BRATISLAVA HAVE DECIDED TO DISMISS ROMAN STANTIEN AND RUDOLF JENDEK FROM THE POSITION OF A TEAM COACHES.

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The new coaches will be Robert Döme, Marián Bažány and Ján Lipiansky, who will take over the team on Monday, January 18. All three have signed a contract by the end of the following season 2021/22, with Döme and Bažány acting as two head coaches with equal rights.

Stantien and Jendek joined the team in early June 2019 and had contracts until the end of the current season. Under their leadership, Slovan played a total of 85 matches, in which the team enjoyed the victory 58 times and gained 168 points, which is 66 percent of all points. Slovan took third place in the Tipos Extraliga standings. In recent matches, Slovan had to play in a heavily improvised line-up, missing up to 54 percent of all points due to injuries to key players - especially forwards - and the end of loan agreement for some overseas players.

The decision to replace the coaches of the A team is the culmination of the restructuring process of club activities aimed at unifying the professional activities of the various components of the club. The shareholders thank the dismissed coaches for their quality work, as evidenced by the club's position in the Tipos Extraliga table. "Despite the large number of injured players in the main roster, the dismissed coach managed to maintain a high level of game performance of the team. We believe that the new coaching trio will continue and further improve the team's performance in order to achieve by setting these goals also in the youth categories.

Robert Döme (born January 29, 1979) has had a successful playing career, having played 53 NHL games for Pittsburgh and Calgary, won the Swedish title with MoDo and, as captain, led Slovan to the championship in 2008. He has dedicated the past 12 years to coaching activities, especially with the juniors, holds an Elite Coach license and coached in clubs of lower Swedish competitions Norrtälje IK, HC Arlanda Wings and IFK Osteraker. Prior to his summer arrival in Slovan, he worked as a consultant for the junior national team of Slovakia under 20 and led the youth hockey program in the well-known club AIK Stockholm.

Marián Bažány, a native of Bratislava (born on May 9, 1975), is a pupil of Slovan, for which he played a total of 37 matches between 1994 and 2000. His next career took place in the German DEL, where he played almost 400 matches in 8 seasons, all in the Dusseldorfer EG jersey. As he also owns a German passport in addition to the Slovak passport, he also managed to take on the position of defender in the German national team. After finishing his playing career, he worked as a coach in the clubs DEL Eisbären Berlin, Krefeld Pinguine and SC Rapperswil-Jona in Switzerland. Last year he experienced a short-term appointment as the head coach of HK Nitra.

Ján Lipianský, born in Bratislava (born on July 23, 1974), does not need to be introduced too much to Slovan fans. In the historical club tables, the elegant middle striker ranks 5th in the total number of matches, points and assists played. He won three championship titles with Slovan (2000, 2003 and 2012), also played in the highest Finnish, Czech and German leagues and with Slovan the first season in the KHL. Immediately after the end of his career, he embarked on a coaching career in Slovan. In 2013 he became an assistant to Rostislav Čada in the A team in the KHL, in the following years he was the head coach of the kids’ program. He also led the Slovak national team under 17 for two seasons.

The new coaching team of HC SLOVAN Bratislava will start on Monday. They will be joined by goalkeeper Peter Škrabelj, who stays with the A team.

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