It was during the 2002 IIHC World Championships held in Sweden when Slovakia met Russia in the finals. With the score tied 3-3, and just 100 seconds to go in regulation, Peter Bondra, a long time member of the Washington Capitals and representing Slovakia, scored the goal that proved to be the game winner and the tournament winner. The proverbial “golden goal” if you will.
The press talked to Bondra’s son, David, about that goal. David was playing for the Slovakian national team in this year’s tournament.
David Bondra grew-up in suburban Maryland, was a former member of the Washington Little Caps (16U) and played college hockey for Michigan State. Upon graduation, he signed up with HK Poprad of the Slovak Tipsport Liga; i.e. the Poprad Hockey Club in the Slovakian League). He played in the IIHF World Championships in both 2018 and 2019.
The younger Bondra scored one goal of his own in this year’s tournament, during the game between Great Britain and Slovakia that took place on May 18 in a game the Slovakians won, 7-1.
David Bondra — Son of Famous Father (From Slovakian Press)
by Diane Doyle