HC VÍTKOVICE RIDERA is traditional czech ice-hockey mark since 1928.
HC VÍTKOVICE RIDERA, a.s.
OSTRAVAR ARÉNA (former ČEZ ARÉNA)
Ostrava – Zábřeh
HC VÍTKOVICE RIDERA
National: Czech republic
City: Ostrava (3rd largest city in Czech rep.)
Club colours: blue and white
Name: Vítkovice (part of Ostrava)
League: Czech Tipsport Extraliga (top league)
Historical succesess: 2x Czech (Czechoslovak) Champion – 1952, 1981. 9x Vicechampion – 1950, 1951, 1953, 1983, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2010, 2011). 4x league bronze medalist – 1958, 1979, 1998, 2001.
International records: European Cup – 1982 (Vicechampion). Spengler Cup – 1980 (2nd), 1981 (4th), 2011 (3rd), 2012 (3rd), 2013 (5th). European Hockey League – 1997/1998 (basic round)
Club was founded in winter 1928 as SK Moravská Ostrava. One year later moved to another city quarter called Vítkovice and adopted new name, since 1st December 1929 the club is called SSK Vítkovice.
In early years Vítkovice became to be one of the most successful clubs of former Czechoslovakia. In 1935 and 1936 succeded as a champion of Moravian-Silesian Land and Slovakia (what in that times meant to be the third best team in whole Czechoslovakia). In 1937 – 3rd January 1937 – Vitkovice became to be one of the founding clubs of new Czechoslovakian Ice-hockey league. The first league´s game ever took place right on Vitkovice´s ice and Vitkovice´s player Kubečka was the first scorer in league history, Vitkovice tied game with Sparta Prague 1:1.
Vitkovice had two golden generations. The first came in early 50´s when club scored its first championship title in 1952 and finished second in league in 1950, 1951 and 1953. Second golden generation came at the end of 70´s and beginning of 80´s. Vitkovice reached bronze medal in 1979 and silver in 1983. In 1980/1981 season Vitkovice became Czechoslovak champions for second time in history.
Vitkovice 1951/1952 – Champions
Vitkovice 1980/1981 – Champions
Last 20 years are mostly nicknamed like silver era. Vitkovice become to be vicechampion in 1993, 1997, 2002, 2010 and 2011.
Vitkovice also played a lot on an international scene. Biggest achievements reached in Spengler Cup. In 1980 Vitkovice finished on 2nd place, in 2011 and 2012 finished third and became to be the first czech team to be back to back medalist in Spengler Cup since 1984. Very important is also year 1982 when Vitkovice became to be European Cup Vicechampion (after unbeatable CSKA Moscow). Vitkovice also played European Hockey League in 1997/1998 season. In 2014 Vitkovice became to be one of the founding clubs of new Champions Hockey League.
Legends and most successful players
Ladislav Staněk (1st Vitkovice national team player, capitain of the first league champions)
Miroslav Vlach (national team player, 1959 world championship bronze medalist, 1961 european champion)
Jan Kasper (national team player, 1959 world championship bronze medalist, 1961 european champion)
Josef Mikoláš (goalie, national team player, 1961 european champion)
František Černík (photo) (national team player, NHL player, 1976 world champion, 1976 Canada Cup runner up, capitain of Czechoslovak national team)
Many great ice hockey players started their career in HC VÍTKOVICE RIDERA. Among many world famous for example
František Černík (1976 World Champion, member of Czechoslovak national team in Canada Cup 1976, former capitain of Czechoslovak national team, former Detroit Red Wings player, Czechoslovak champion 1981, nowadays he is the President of HC VÍTKOVICE STEEL)
Miroslav Fryčer (silver medalist from wolrd championship 1979 and bronze medalist from world championship 1981, first Czech player who played NHL All-Star Game and score goal, in 1985/1986 season he became the most valuable player of Toronto Maple Leafs, he also played in Quebec Nordiques, Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers, in 1981 he became the Czech champion)
Richard Šmehlík (Gold medalist from Winter Olympic Games Nagano 1998, Stanley Cup champion 2003, bronze medalist from Winter Olympic Games Albertville 1992 and world championship in Prague 1992, former player of Buffalo Sabres, Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils)
Pavel Kubina (World Champion 1999, 2001 and 2005, Stanley Cup champion 2004, bronze medalist from Winter Olympic Games Torino 2006 and World Cup 2004)
Filip Kuba (World Champion 2001, bronze medalist from Winter Olympic Games in Torino 2006)
Marek Malík (bronze medalist from Winter Olympic Games in Torino 2006 and World Cup 2004, NHL Plus/Minus Award winner 2004, he played in Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers or Tampa Bay Lightning, he retired in 2014 in austrian team Innsbruck, but since 2011 he played in home club Vitkovice).
In Vítkovice raised also other succsessful players such Vaclav Varaďa (World Champion 2000 and 2005), Roman Šimíček (World Champion 1999), Martin Prusek (World Champion 1999), David Moravec (Nagano 1998 Winter Olympic Games gold medalist, World Champion 1999 and 2001), Zbyněk Irgl (Juniors´ World Champion 2000, World Vicechampion 2006, KHL Vicechampion 2011), Vladimír Vůjtek jr. (1997 World championship bronze medalist, former player of Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins), from NHL players also Rostislav Olesz, Roman Polák, Tomáš Fleischmann, Ondřej Palát, Petr Mrázek.
Total capacity for ice-hockey: 10 004 spectators
Host arena of IIHF World Championship 2004 and 2015