I enjoyed when others scored goals
Karol Fako was born on November 24, 1931 in Bratislava. His sports beginnings are closely linked to the community of Salesians in Ružinov, Bratislava, where he used to do sports as a young boy. Later he decided for ice hockey and he started to play in Sports Club (ŠK) Bratislava. In 1952 as a soldier of the compulsory military service he joined military ice hockey clubs in Prague. Already in 1949, when during persecutions of the national team, some posts became vacant, Karol received a representational invitation. In 1956 he returned to play in Bratislava’s Slovan. Together with the forwards Ján Starší and Július Černický they gradually formed the legendary forward trio. In 1959 he represented Czechoslovakia in the World Championship and thanks to his assistance to goal of Miroslav Vlacho, the national team won bronze on the home ground. In 1960 he participated in winter Olympics in Squaw Valley in the United States. After ending his player career he engaged in couching, for example in Italy, Austria and mainly in Switzerland. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Slovak Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.