Opole HK, the Play Safe Stay Safe program developed this season to help players find a way to play a safe and full season has added a new member to it’s staff.
Mateusz Skrabalak Goaltending Coach is a former STS Sanok goaltender, and only recently retired from competition.
Coach Skrabalak played in through the entire youth hockey system in Sanok, and played as a member of the Polish national teams.
His experience includes four years of playing in the PHL, the highest hockey league in Poland. Recently ending his career to become a goaltending specialty coach.
Since 2019 he has been running a training organization for goaltenders and works with some of the top goaltenders in the Republic of Poland.
Coach Skrabalak joins a staff of specialists assembled to work with the Opole HK players that is second to none in Europe.
Players also enjoy the resources of a nutrition counselor and weekly meal plans. The access to an Olympic level physiotherapist, and the technical expertise of a qualified equipment manager, along with two highly trained and licensed coaches.
With a housing bubble established to protect the players, with everyone under one roof in a controlled environment, access to professional level off ice training facilities in the arena, a dedicated dressing room, and practice ice every day, Opole HK players enjoy the best of everything.
While much of Canada and the United States is dealing with COVID-19 stops and starts, and many don’t know if they will even play Opole HK is following its blueprint for a safe and successful season.
Opole HK currently sits in 4th place in the top league of Polish Junior Hockey (MHL) with games in hand against teams above them.
All games are broadcast in HD on line, for parents, scouts and family members to enjoy back in North America.
With three open roster spots left to fill Head Coach Todd White is looking to bring in a few more players from Canada or the United States before the games against the Polish National Team next week.