Opole HK, the Play Safe Stay Safe program initiated this season due to the COVID-19 Pandemic has been a great success thus far by all accounts.
Standing in second place at the holiday break, the team is adding a few final pieces to the roster as they look to capture the league Championship in the teams first season.
“Our roster freeze is December 27th this season. Due to quarantine and travel conditions we have decided to get everyone back to Opole and back on the ice on the 28th.” Said Head Coach Todd White
“Its nice to get home and spend time with family, to rest and re-charge the batteries. With the pandemic though we have to be flexible, and return a little early so no one has to quarantine upon return. We will gain an extra few days of practice and that’s never a bad thing, especially for the new players coming over to finish the season with us.”
While many leagues have stopped and started, or remain in a state of not knowing when or if they will play, Opole HK and has received assurances from the Prime Ministers offices that there will be no interruption in the team activities or the ice or in the gym.
“Our bubble housing and training plan has been very successful so far. Other teams and leagues have reached out to ownership to consult with us on how it can be done in other places. We have been happy to assist in giving them the details.” Said Associate Coach Kyle Lambourne
Opole HK is largely made up of Canadian and American players who have decided upon having a season for certain rather than waiting for one that may or may not happen. Players from Romania, Scotland, Switzerland and local players from Poland have also made the choice to play in Opole.
“Over the coming weeks, we will have some players get the opportunity to practice with top level professional teams, and we will likely do our first NCAA commitment in January.” Said Opole HK President Joseph Kolodziej
“Its been a lot of work, it has also been deeply satisfying to see these players grow because they have been so focused on training and competing. Some players have put on as much as 15 pounds of muscle simply due to having the time and facilities available to train properly and nutrition designed for optimum training gains.”
As Opole HK enters the home stretch of the season a few openings are available. Due to injury a few holes have to be filled in the next seven days.
For more information please contact Head Coach Todd White at email@example.com