Opole HK begins the pre season with a game in Nowy Targ on Sunday August 15th. With all signed players in town this week, practices will be ramped up and system work will begin.
“The season starts earlier in Europe. I am excited to see how all the pieces fit together.” Said Opole HK Head Coach Brad Zangs “This week I worked them all pretty hard and now we can begin to build some chemistry on the ice and see how the lines come together.”
When it comes to development for NCAA or Professional hockey, Opole HK is leading the way in Europe.
Amenities? Dedicated Dressing room, complete on site weight training facility, Olympic veteran Physiotherapist, dorm style secure team housing, all travel by new coach bus, no more than three players to a room in hotels, all meals on the road catered.
New this year is an exclusive team dining hall. Not open to the public, all meals are provided in a restaurant that has been converted for the team to use privately for its meals.
“We wanted to ensure the players are receiving the best possible nutrition, in an environment that featured foods they are familiar with from North America.” Said Opole HK Owner and General Manager Joseph Kolodziej “We purchased a restaurant, updated it with new equipment, and decorated it for the team. While we have been serving meals this week, we will also begin to utilize it for team meetings.”
All of this along with a 3000 seat arena and the ability to have fans during the 2021-2022 season. Season tickets and single game tickets will go on sale in next week.
Scouts? Scouts from Major Junior, NHL and all European professional leagues attend games featuring Opole HK.
If you are looking to play professionally in Europe after college, or looking for a new route to college hockey, there is no better opportunity than Opole HK. When the plan you have used is not producing results that you want, it is time to change the plan and think outside of the box.
Members of the 1st League in Poland, and the European University Hockey League, Opole HK will play a 46 game regular season along with playoffs in both the 1st league and EUHL.
Games in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania along with other “friendly” games against teams from Ukraine, and possibly Latvia and Lithuania. Travel and COVID conditions permitting.
Did you know you can attend college in Europe with English speaking classes? European University education costs about $5000 per year. Compared to even community college in the United States, or smaller NCAA or ACHA programs, it is much less expensive.
Opole HK finished in second place during its first season in 2020-2021. Looking to build on that success and win a championship this year, Opole HK is adding players who want to compete at the highest level of hockey in Europe.
Opole HK is looking for two Defensemen along with one Goaltender for the 2021-2022 season.
For more information on joining Opole HK this season contact Head Coach Brad Zangs Brad@opolehk.com