The IIHF U18 World Championship 2017 – interview with Adam Žiak

As you probably noticed, our town in cooperation with Poprad hosted this years‘ U18 World ice hockey Championship. A part of the Slovak team was also Adam Žiak, a student of our school, whom we decided to make a short interview with.

 

Tell us something about yourself..

My name is Adam, I am 17 and I live in Spišská Nová Ves. These days I am in the third grade of our school.

 

How did you get into hockey?

When I was at elementary school , one of my classmates started to play hockey and I wanted to try it too. So I went on to attend my first training. I have never regretted it, because even now, after nine years I still play and enjoy it.

 

For which clubs have you played in your career? Which one do you like the most?

My first club was HK SNV, where I started and played for 5 years and then I went to play for HK Poprad, where I am now.
I like playing for Poprad more, because I have already won four important tournaments there, one of them being the Slovak National Championship in 2016.

 

What are your biggest goals that you want to achieve in your career?

One of my biggest goals is to play in a foreign country, but I still don´t know where. Until now, I have played against clubs from Switzerland, Ukraine and many others, but one time I would love to play for such a club myself.

 

Do you have any “dream” clubs, where you would love to see yourself playing in the future?

That would be surely Chicago Blackhawks, or from Europe probably Örebro in Sweden.

 

What do you plan for summer?

I don’t know, but I am probably going to spend it in Spišská, because of school, obviously, and even my personal coach is from here, so I will have to adjust.

 

Did I hear school? How is it between you and school?

Somehow, I manage to cope up. (laughs)

 

What about the latest World Championship, where you played? 

So firstly, I was very glad that I was chosen, because I had to attend qualifying games in Piešťany and in Poprad, where our coach chose 4 lines of 5 players to play at the championship. Luckily, I was in one of them. During the championship itself, we played 4 games baseline and we qualified for the quarter-finals, where we lost to Russia.

 
Would you like to earn a living by playing hockey in the future?

I would be very glad if I could.

 

Thanks for your time and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for your next games!

Thank you as well

Adam in action

 

 

 

-Interview by Lenka Plichtová & Alexandra Čupáková

 

 

 

 

 

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