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Winter Classic Game for the first time in Slovakia

4. 02. 2019

During the weekend, an extraordinary event was held in very center of Europe at the SNP Stadium in Banská Bystrica, co-organized by HDTS group, through its subsidiary HDC Slovakia, the hockey diagnostic and training center.


This were the first “open-air” ice hockey games in the modern history of Slovakia. The event, which has its long tradition overseas was a major attraction for the new enthusiast and attracts great interest around the Europe. The event was managed by Richard Lintner, former NHL player, E.H.C. board member with HDC Slovakia, the event’s guarantor.

Legends like Peter Bondra, Lubomir Visnovsky, Miroslav Satan, Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus, Richard Zednik and many others represent our “golden generation” which brings pride and wonderful memories, when these guys managed to win just as David against Goliath in ice hockey world. (Ice Hockey World Champions in 2002 in Gothenburg, Sweden). Golden guys participated again on this special event that brought wonderful memories from 2002. Winter Classic showed these great legends in the front of the thousands of dedicated fans.

HDTS group, as a guarantor of the event provided the fan zone and introduced the Hockey Training and Diagnostic Center HDC Slovakia as well as our unique methodology of hockey preparation. For example, fans could find our unique hockey shooting zone, where they could try the accuracy and speed of the shot while learning about the basics of hockey techniques.


An interactive demonstration of hockey diagnostics was also prepared, which is used in club preparation or in the preparation of national teams. Many ice hockey legends and organizers pointed the importance to individualize the game through the training process of individual skills and the integration into the team preparation. This is important part of modern HDC (Hockey Development Centers) created by HDTS group, a proud partner of many successful ice hockey projects around the world.