The Opole HK junior hockey team is now signing new and returning players for the 2021-2022 season.
Having finished in second place in the highest level of junior hockey, Opole HK is looking to improve on those results and bring home a Championship in 2022.
“We have added more games to the regular season schedule and playoffs for 2022.” Said Owner and General Manager Joseph Kolodziej “We are also joining the European University Hockey League for the upcoming season to give our players new opponents, and more opportunities to travel to different Countries. Getting our players these experiences better prepares them to return home for NCAA hockey or to turn professional in Europe.”
Opole HK will be playing teams from Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and Poland in the 2021-2022 season. Additional games are being scheduled against teams from Germany, Belarus, Latvia and Russia if pandemic conditions ease and travel becomes more predictable.
“Many young athletes don’t know that spending time abroad makes them a more attractive admissions candidate to many NCAA programs.” Said Head Coach Brad Zangs “Spending time in Europe, learning about other cultures and seeing historically important places, presents schools with a more well rounded student athlete when it comes t his social and life experiences. These things can give some students an edge in admissions to challenging institutions.”
Opole HK during the 2020-2021 season featured the leagues leading scorer, top rated power play, and was the most successful first year program in the history of Polish hockey.
“Opole HK players made history. They accomplished so much in their first season, and they did it during a pandemic.” Said Zangs “We will have at least two players turn professional from last seasons team, at least two that will move on to play NCAA hockey, and at least two others who will return to North America to play Tier II hockey. Not bad for our first season.”
With as many as eight players returning, Opole HK is looking to fill out its remaining roster early.
The season in Europe begins much earlier than North America. Players will report on August 1st for physicals and orientation, and on the ice August 2nd for first practice. A showcase will begin the season in Mid August and the regular season will begin the first weekend in September.
For more information on the Opole HK program please contact Head Coach Brad Zangs firstname.lastname@example.org