(Interview) Julius Hudacek is a slovakian goaltender and is currently playing with Örebro HK (SHL) in Sweden. He has become famous with his "Hudacek shows" after some homegames.
Julius Hudacek started his Hockey career in his hometown with HK Spisska Nova Ves. He has become a pro in 2007 when he signed with the HK Orange 20. After playing one year in the Extra League (Slovakia) he signed with HC Kosice and won the championship. He won the championships in 2010 and 2011 again and was nominated three times in a row for the league´s ALL Star Team. In 2011 he also was named as best goalie of the year.
In 2011/2012 he signed in Sweden Södertälje SK (2nd League) and was traded to Frölunda HC (Elite League). In April 2013 he signed with HK Sibir Nowosibirsk at the Kontinental Hockey League of Russia (KHL) but he only played one game in Russia and played the rest of the season for HC Pardubice (Czech).
Since 2014 he is the number one goaltender of the team of Örebro HK (Elite League) in Sweden. In 2015 Julius was named best Goaltender of the Year, MVP and Best SVS% (.930).
Julius Hudakec is goaltender of the slovakian National Hockey Team and he thas played four WC´s and won Silver 2012.
eishockey-online.com made this interview with the slovakian famous goaltender.
Julius, thank you for this interview. Your “Hudacek” shows after the homegames are very popular, you are a famous youtube star. How came?
Julius Hudacek: Haha i am not a star, just a hockey goalie who has lot of fun (smiles). It cames when i was in HC Kosice in Slovak Extraleague. My teammate goalie did a show after the games and after my first win-game i went to locker room and the crowd was screaming my Name, so i went back and did something… so that was the beginning.
What was your first “show-act”?
Julius Hudacek: I just thanks to fans and made a “roll” on the ice.
What do you think, which of your “Hudacek-Acts” have been the funniest so far?
Julius Hudacek: I think really funny was on christmas when i was santa and bringing some presents on a sleigh, or when i came with skis on the ice. I didn´t know that there was one of the best cross country skier from Sweden in the stadium.
Are your shows more kind of spontaneous or are they well pepared?
Julius Hudacek: At first it was spontaneous but last year we prepared small presents for fans and it worked so great.
So far you have played in Slovakia, Sweden, Czech, Russia, what´s your favorite team or country?
Julius Hudacek: I was lucky because i always had a good city or club with great fans so i really liked it everywhere to play. Kosice, Sodertalje, Gothenburg, Pardubice, Novosibirsk, or Orebro – I love to play there.
Since 2010 your are a member of the National Hockey Team of Slovakia an you won Silver in 2012. Do you still remember this big win?
Julius Hudacek: oh, it was a really big win for our small country and a great remember for me until to the end of my life.. I´ve i´m able to come to the national team, I love to join the team, it´s so much fun to play there with my friends!
You have won the “Deutschland Cup” in 2011 in munich with the National Team of Slovakia. How about german hockey and especially the german fans?
Julius Hudacek: They are crazy! Like on a Bundesliga with big beer and sausage that’s it ! !! (Smile)
If there would be an offer to play in Germany – would you sign?
Julius Hudacek: Yes for sure! I want to try play in DEL, it is a good league, nice cities, great fans ! So maybe see u in future in Germany .
5 Quick Questions
Hobbys? Family, other sports like tennis or football.
Favorite Drink? stillwater and tea.
Favorite Meal? steaks and typical slovakian food – pirohy and halusky.
Best NHL Goalie (present)? I like Henrik Lundqvist – he has passion every game and Carey Price – he is calm in a net.
What makes you upset? Bad referees (smile)