For three to four days, Ladislav Nagy was persuaded to be disappointed with the fast finale of ice hockey players Košice in the top-level competition in Slovakia.
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A week has passed since then and an exceptionally experienced 39-year-old has appeared at the first meeting of the Slovakian squad in preparation for the world championship home in Košice and Bratislava (10-26 May). In his own words, he is determined to fight for Craig Ramsay's position on the team, even if logic encourages him to be the most experienced player with a rich and successful career, almost certain.
"Everything is still very far away and everyone will want to fight for a place in the World Cup team. Neither do I. Let me stay healthy and see what happens" saying: Ladislav Nagy Slovak journalists in Piešťany on Monday afternoon.
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Ice hockey striker Ladislav Nagy during training of Slovakian hockey team.
Despite his advanced age at the tipsport league with 34 goals, Nagy was his best marksman with 61 points and the third most productive player. And her conclusion did not even hurt her.
In the play-offs, he and Kosice did not have a good kick, and after retiring from Poprad, he announced the end of his club career. But now he believes he will get into the rhythm of the game needed in preparation for the World Championship.
"I would like to play as many games as I can – get in. I am healthy if I were not going to fight for the World Championship, but I have not been on the ice for a long time, but I think it will improve. the maximum as possible " Ladislav Nagy promised.
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In the photo, striker Ladislav Nagy (left) and defender Peter Trško (right) during the training of the Slovakian hockey team.
Less than a year ago, at the World Championship in Denmark, Nagy, with 10 points, was the most productive Slovak and the eighth best champion in this scoring of goals and assists. Do you like to repeat something like that now?
"Last year was last year and now it can be completely different. It does not matter who gets the goals and earns points. The goals are too early to speak, but we all want to play well and help to get good results " said the gold medalist of the 2002 World Championships in Gothenburg and the bronze medal of Helsinki 2003.
A year ago, the Slovaks started a series of pre-World Cup games in the north of Europe against the Swedes, currently starting the preparation of the game with the same rival, but in Slovakia. On Thursday, at 17:00 in Topoľčany, a selection of the country's world champions will be welcome.
"Last year we were in preparation in Sweden and we lost 1: 7. That says it all. Surely young players will come here and want to take the chance. They will walk well and be technical so we have a good review " the author finished 33 goals in 108 games in the shirt with the Slovak character.