- How do I sign up to play for one of your teams?
You email Bob O’Connell our European GM TODAY. He will walk you through every step of the process from initial phone call to returning back to the USA. Bob will come watch one of your child’s games if you live in driving distance to the Boston area. If not he will have you send in a game clip tape to watch to make sure your player is a good fit for our teams. This is a AAA tournament. Many players who may have not been ready last year, will be ready this fall.
Teams from all over Europe. Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ireland, Latvia, The Czech Republic and more.
- Can my son or daughter attend without a parent?
No. Each player must have one parent or guardian accompany them. Most players last summer brought their entire family. We welcome that and plan for all of them.
All of our teams will stay together at The Hilton Prague. Located right on the river. Last year we realized which hotel would be best for our group. We as Americans want a full American breakfast, strong air conditioned rooms, ICE in our drinks are a few things to name a few that were a challenge at the historic hotel we chose last year. We know everyone will love The Hilton Prague.
We have professional coaches. Jeff Serowik, Founder of Pro Ambitions will be coaching a team again this year. Billy Jaffe, NHL analyst, will be coaching a team for the third year in a row. Matt Nee, The Red Bull German Youth Coach Development Team Coach will be back, Big Mike and more. You have a very personal experience with your coach and team. Each team has its own schedule of games and practices and excursions. Each team has their own coach bus and personal tour guide for the week. There are many times we convene as a group, especially “ happy hour” in the hotel daily with all of the parents…
- The week is carefully well planned. How does it work?
Every team has a detailed daily schedule. It is extremely organized. Every team will have a daily game. We utilize three different rinks around Prague. Each team will have an excursion and game daily, again at different times. Breakfast and Happy Hour in the late afternoon is a time when you will see parents and coaches and players and parents from all of the teams back at the hotel but during the day each team was off in a different direction with their parent or family.
- What are the excursions in Prague?
-Dinner and cocktail river cruise. This is awesome.
-Terezin Holocaust Concentration camp. Theresienstadt concentration camp, also referred to asTheresienstadt ghetto, was a concentration camp established by the SS during World War II in the garrison cityof Terezín (German: Theresienstadt), located in German-occupied Czechoslovakia. This is a very moving experience.
-Glass blowing factory outside of Prague.
-Private guided city walking tour. The city is absolutely beautiful
-The John Lennon Wall
-Celebration Dinner Party Gala for all teams from all over the world with the most incredible fireworks. This took place at our hotel last summer, where it will take place again. In the historic courtyard of the hotel. It is an amazing display of fireworks and celebration. We, as Americans, were in shock at the magnitude of the fireworks in a small space. Something that would never be allowed her in The States.
- What are the excursions in Prague?
Yes. Plenty of time to go out on your own to dinner. Now that we are staying at The Hilton. You are in the heart of the old world city. Walking to beautiful restaurant and cafes. Amazing location. You will love it. Also you will find that your dollar goes very far in The Czech Republic which is refreshing. Beers and Beer Gardens everywhere. We only have two dinners planned as a group. A few lunches. And breakfasts daily. You will enjoy exploring the beautiful city on your own or with teammates and families. You will make a lot of new friends.
- Meeting your new teammates from across The Nation. How is this experience?
It was amazing. You have met friends both players and parents for life. Hockey people are great people. Many of our kids from last summer want to come back with the same exact team to compete again. It was awesome. The kids and parents were THE BEST.
High level. As we have said before some of the teams are incredibly skilled. A few of our teams lost to Russian and Czech teams with scores of 22-3 and 12-2. Although this was a horrible beating, players, families and coaches were amazed by the skill and organization of their hockey systems. The style of hockey is very different in Europe. We epitomize American grit. The Europeans play with more finesse and focus on technicality of finite hockey skills. We have hired the Russian and Czech coach along with Sweden’s top youth hockey skill developer to train our American players next spring and summer at three locations. Italy Sweden and Prague. This is a different experience, focusing on individual training.
- Will this make me a better hockey player?
100 percent Yes. This experience is culturally and athletically an eye opener.
- What is the uniform for tournament play?
Included is a game and practice jersey. Custom Bauer. Custom Bauer Tournament tees and jackets and baseball hats as well. We must look good to play good. We make our presence known. The Americans are here to compete with our flag on our jerseys. Awesome.