Goalkeeper Július Hudáek heads to the KHL after finishing in Sparta Prague. His agent announced on the social network the fact that the 34-year-old hockey player will play in the continental league, without naming the club. Despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Hudáek would be the eighth Slovak in the competition.
In April, Hodashek fought for an additional league title with Sparta, but in six matches Bragor lost to Twink. Spišská’s native Nová Ves has already played in the KHL since the 2017/18 season, last year he started at Dinamo Riga, but in January consolidated Sparta.
Seven Slovaks are currently active in the Premier League – goalkeepers Patrick Rybar, Adam Huska, defenders Michal Tchakovsky and Christian Jaros, and strikers Michal Krzysztof, Adam Liska and Samuel Pucek. With the exception of Tchaikovsky and Lychka, they all came to Russia after the outbreak of the war.
Hodgek did not rule out leaving the continental league earlier. “The situation related to the political struggle has nothing to do with us athletes, I think. I don’t shun the KHL either,” he said in an interview with Deník Šport at the end of July.