Head coach Craig Ramsay will be looking to guide to Slovakia’s men’s ice hockey team to Beijing 2022 after securing a contract extension.
Ramsay has signed a deal for the 2020-2021 season, which will be extended to 2022 if he secures Slovakia’s place at the Winter Olympic Games.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has also confirmed Michal Handzus will work "permanently" as Ramsay’s right-hand man, with a second assistant coach named on a "rotational basis".
Slovakia are due to take part in the final qualification event for the Olympics in August 2021.
Ramsay’s side will go up against Belarus, Austria and Poland at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Slovakian capital Bratislava, with the winner of Group D earning a spot at Beijing 2022.
Slovakia will also play at next year’s World Championship, scheduled to take place in Belarus and Latvia from May 21 to June 6 in 2021.
Since Ramsay took the reins in 2017, Slovakia finished ninth at the last two World Championships and 11th at Pyeongchang 2018.
The 69-year-old is determined to improve results at major events after prolonging his spell with the national team.
"The goal for next season is to play better and continue to grow the team," said Ramsay.
"We need to find new players and keep pushing to get better, stronger and grow our game.
"I think we left some things on the table last year, so we have to tighten up and be stronger.
"We can do that."