A Slovakian, Jozef Golonka played most of his career as a center for ŠK Slovan Bratislava, joining the club in 1955 and last playing for them in 1969. He also played two seasons with HC Dukla Jihlava (1957-59), and in 1969 he left Bratislava to play for SC Riessersee in Germany for three seasons. He then finished his career in 1975 after three seasons with Lokomotiv Bučina Zvolen TJ. Golonka was a prolific scorer. Records are incomplete but for 220 documented games in his career he scored 333 goals and 483 points. Internationally he played in three Olympics, winning silver in 1968 and bronze in 1964, and also played in five World Championships (1959, 1965-67, 1969), winning a silver medal in 1965 and bronze medals in 1959 and 1969. Golonka was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.