TOMÁŠ ZIGO, MILAN KYTNÁR AND JURAJ VALACH WILL CONTINUE PLAYING FOR HC SLOVAN IN THE UPCOMING SEASON.
The management of HC SLOVAN Bratislava has agreed with the players on new contracts, which are valid until April 30, 2022.
In the summer, Tomáš Zigo will open his third season in our club as part of the highest tier of Slovak hockey competition. He made his debut in Slovan in the 2016/17 season while playing in the transnational Continental Hockey League. The 27-year-old forward, who can take up the position of center or winger, has been one of the important members of the regular team in the last two years. After the club returned from the KHL, he experienced his best season (2019/2020), when he recorded 49 points. In the recently concluded year, including the playoffs in 46 matches, he scored 24 points. Tomáš Zigo already has two Slovak championship titles with Banská Bystrica in his collection, he is a participant in two senior world championships, in one season he also experienced the Czech highest tier competition in the HK Hradec Králové team.
Another experienced league player who will continue in the HC SLOVAN team is Milan Kytnár. Today, the 31 - year - old hockey player, like Tomáš Zigo, signed up for Slovan before the 2019/20 season, and the upcoming season will be his third in a row in Bratislava. The coaches of Milan Kytnár used the experience especially with his consistently high numbers of successful face-off wins, or while short-handed. However, the Topoľčany native was also able to be productive in terms of points, in the year 2019/20 he collected 27 points, a year later 17 points. At a young age, Kytnár competed in junior competitions in North America, and he also had one match in the NHL. He returned to Europe through Finland's highest competition; he was a member of the HC SLOVAN in our premiere year in KHL 2012/13.
Juraj Valach is also a player who played for HC SLOVAN in the transnational Continental Hockey League (2015/16) and in the highest Slovak competition. Juraj Valach's career began in Zvolen, from where he headed to the Czech Republic, gradually playing for HC Kometa Brno, HC Slavia Prague and also Piráti Chomutov. In the 2019/20 season, he also tried out the EBEL league in the EHC Linz team. A year later, he returned back to Slovan, played a total of 55 matches, and scored a decent 12 points for a defender. The robust defender showed his qualities in responsible and honest defensive work for the team, especially at the end of the season and in the play-offs. Juraj Valach was a participant in the 2018 Pyongyang Olympic Tournament and the 2014 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
HC SLOVAN Bratislava congratulates all three hockey players on new contracts and wishes them a successful year 2021/2022 in our colours.