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Nagy working on his future

Nagy working on his future

Slovak star aims at playoffs and Worlds

Published 13.02.2015 11:40 GMT+1 | Author Juraj Hudak
Nagy working on his future
Ladislav Nagy during the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk. Photo: Richard Wolowicz / HHOF-IIHF Images
Ladislav Nagy is battling for his seventh participation at the World Championship and recently played at the Slovakia Cup with the Slovak national team.

However, he’s not sure whether he will finish the season with Slovak KHL club Slovan Bratislava a few days before the transfer deadline. Dead last in the Western Conference, the Slovak team will miss the playoffs.

The Slovakia Cup was your first international tournament this season. How did you feel on the ice?

It wasn´t bad, we scored nine goals in two games and we played attractive hockey. There was a great atmosphere in every game and I enjoyed it so much. Hopefully, this will be a good start into our final preparation for the World Championship.

For once you were the oldest player on the team. How did you handle that?

It was ok for me. It’s great to see that the coach is giving young players a chance to show their potential on international ice. Peter Cehlarik played very well against Switzerland and Martin Reway showed his skills in the first match. It´s a shame he got injured and didn´t play for the rest of the tournament.

Both games were sold out. Did you enjoy the atmosphere in the rink?

Of course I did. The crowd was awesome. I hope we will play here with the national team more games in the future. The arena was refurbished and the new locker rooms are very comfortable. It is amazing what the management in a small town like Banska Bystrica has done.

The World Championship in the Czech Republic is coming up in couple months. Do you think about it already?

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The last few days I focused more on my future in club hockey to be honest. I asked Slovan for a transfer because we have a minimal chance to make playoffs and I don´t want to stay without hockey rhythm for more than three weeks especially when you want to make the national team for the World Championship. The transfer deadline in Europe is coming up this Sunday so hopefully I will move somewhere by that time. I have been in touch with HV71 but Slovan turned down the offer.

Despite that situation you´ve played well this season. How would you evaluate your performance until this time?

The first 25 games were great, after that some injuries occurred and I had to have some rest. When I got back I had to work hard to be back in the shape I was in the beginning of the season. Now it´s a lot better so I hope my season won´t finish soon.

Slovakia will have home-ice atmosphere in Ostrava during the World Championship. How big is the chance to win a medal with so many Slovak fans in attendance?

It is always hard to say especially when the tournament is so far ahead. We will have many supporters there for sure and they will push us to play offensively. But it is very early to estimate how far we could go. If everything will go the right way we could surprise everyone.


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