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HC Vítkovice Steel
is an ice hockey
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club based in Ostrava
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in the Czech Republic
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, competing in the Czech Extraliga
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. It plays in the newly reconstructed ČEZ Aréna
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(formerly 'Palác kultury a sportu Ostrava-Vítkovice').
The club was founded in 1928. Vítkovice were the champions of Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia or Czecho-Slovakia was a sovereign state in Central Europe which existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until 1992...
in the 1951-52 and 1980-81 seasons. Since the 2005-06 season the club plays with the name HC Vítkovice Steel
- 1928 – SSK (Sportovně společenský klub), merger of SK Moravská Slavia a SK Slovan Ostrava
- 1936 – ČSK (Český sportovní klub)
- 1945 – SK Vítkovické železárny
- 1948 – Sokol Vítkovické železárny
- 1952 – Baník Vítkovice
- 1957 – VŽKG Ostrava
- 1976 – TJ Vítkovice
- 1993 – HC Vítkovice
- 2005 - HC Vítkovice Steel
Players such as Marek Malik who played in the NHL play on Vitkovice.
- See :Category:HC Vítkovice players for a list of HC Vítkovice players past and present.