The Slavic hockey family is sad. Ladislav Slížek, a former long-time player and coach of the Red and Whites, died on Monday, August 3. In the past, an experienced bard assisted Richard Fard with the first team, with Vladimír Růžička and other stars shining among their charges at the time.
He used to be seen regularly at the stadium in Prague’s Eden. Years, almost every day. Slížek was a Slavic heartbreaker, having spent most of his playing career with the Red and Whites. He joined the club in the late sixties and in the first half of the seventies he was one of the stable members of the team that fought in vain to advance to the top competition.
After the end of his career, he embarked on a coaching career, for many years he devoted himself to youth, but he also worked for the first team of Slavia. “In the 1980s, Petr Jaroš and I came to the team staggering on the tail of the first national league and we managed to save the competition. But then I left and maybe I missed the chance to make a name for myself, “his website quotes the Prague club website.
Another interesting chapter was written by Slížek from 1997 to 1999, when he was Richard Farda’s assistant in Slavia. Then he moved back to the youth. “A number of Slavic talents passed through his hands, and he also led his son to hockey, who was a member of the promotion team in 1994 and now follows in his father’s footsteps as a youth coach,” Slavia’s website recalls.
Vladimír Růžička knew Slížka in Slavia very well. First as a player and later as a coach who led colleagues in the youth categories. “Lada was a man dedicated to hockey, he raised a lot of players. For example, Jarda Bednář and other boys who have made a name for themselves. He could do it with young people, he paid a lot of attention to them. He was a quality coach and an excellent guy, “recalls the current coach of Mountfield in Hradec Králové.
Ladislav Slížek Sr. has been struggling with health problems lately. In retirement, he worked in Slavia as an employee of the club. After he finished training, visitors to Eden could regularly welcome him to the reception of the winter stadium. An experienced coach and faithful Slavist died on Monday, August 3 – at the age of 72 …
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