After two and half weeks of whirlwind activity, Krzysztof Oliwa has moved to Kalkaska and players have begun to arrive at the Kaliseum.
I spent a couple hours this morning helping move an incredible amount of equipment into the coaches office, meeting players and discussing more of what Krzysztof has planned for the players.
Based on the amount of training equipment, video equipment and technology moved into the arena today, its safe to say that no expense has been spared and that the Rhinos players will experience a fist class training and development opportunity that will rival any NAHL team.
Projection screens, video projectors, XOS video evaluation software, heavy bags, medicine balls, cases upon cases of pucks, exercise ropes, speed ladders, and other strength training equipment is already on site.
The players already in town have moved their equipment into their dedicated dressing room, and carpet is being installed in the team education center.
“I want to do everything first class for the boys. They are here to learn, improve and move on to higher levels.” Said Oliwa “How can I expect them to perform at the higher levels unless I treat them as though they are already at that level while they are here. If I don’t give them more to work with here, they will be unprepared when they move on. Our players will be prepared for the next level and will know that more is expected of them in order to get there.”
Arriving at 4:00 am on Tuesday with a U-Haul in tow, Oliwa was at the rink working Tuesday afternoon. While moving into his new house in Northern Michigan, nothing was going to slow the work being done at the Kaliseum.
“We are excited to be here. The community is already getting behind us with billet family support, and the people at the arena are first class. We couldn’t ask for a better location or facility.”
After meeting some of the players, it was clear to see they are in Kalkaska for one reason, and that is because they want to learn from Krzysztof Oliwa. The Polish immigrant who came to North America with $40.00 in his pocket and made it to the NHL. The man who knows what hard work is, and where it can take you. With so many people complaining about todays “self entitled” or “lazy” generation, the Rhinos players certainly wont fall into that category if they follow their coach.
Joseph Kolodziej – Publisher