Prague Hockey Cup and Training 2023

We are currently looking for the following birth years to fill our teams: 2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013. We need one goalie for each of the following birth years: 2009/2010/2011/2012/2013 Vaccination will be required for all eligible. We will follow all travel guidelines and continue to move fluidly through the pandemic.

COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS & POLICIES

Covid Documentation

Because of new travel requirements for Covid testing – before and after international air travel – we now find it necessary to modify our travel structure and protocols from previous years – ensuring a safe and rewarding experience for all.  Please make sure to read each program carefully.

  • All participants must be fully vaccinated with an approved EU vaccine.
  • All participants will be required to have an approved negative Covid test result within 3 days of travel (both ways – to and from Holland).
  • All travelers must complete a Prague and Czech Republic Health Declaration.

ALL PARTCIPANTS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED

Covid Promise

  • We will provide access to rapid tests while in Prague and Czech Republic and can help provide transportation (while we don’t control rates, they will be market rates)
  • If your airline requires testing to depart to the USA, we will help facilitate getting a COVID test that are approved by your airline.
  • If an athlete or guardian develops symptoms of COVID-19 while on tour, we will help facilitate medical attention and testing.
  • If an athlete or guardian is required to quarantine or has a delayed flight, we will help facilitate hotels.

Covid Interruptions and Policies

  • Pro Ambitions will not pay for any COVID testing, extra hotel rooms, medical fees, or any other costs associated with changes in itinerary due to COVID-19.P
  • Pro Ambitions will not issue a refund or credit if a traveler contracts COVID while on their program and as a result must miss all or a part of their program.
  • Pro Ambitions will not issue a refund or credit if a traveler is a close contact to someone who has contracted COVID while on their program and as a result must miss all or a part of their program.
  • The parent/guardian of each athlete will be responsible for the athlete(s) under their care, especially in the case the athlete does not feel well, contracts COVID-19, or has issues with their flight.

PRO AMBITIONS AT THE PRAGUE HOCKEY CUP

 

 

Pro Ambitions Hockey competed in the Czech Hockey Challenge Cup (CHCC) for the sixth time in August 2019. The competition was excellent and included teams from Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Sweden, France and Canada. We are excited to return this summer with six Pro Ambitions Seal Teams. The 2022 CHCC will take place from August 8-August 14 in Prague, Czech Republic and will consist of one exhibition game before the tournament begins as well as five guaranteed games (15 minute stop time periods). Pro Ambitions will be fielding teams at the 2005/2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 levels for this year’s tournament. In addition to the hockey, all players, parents and guests participate in several scheduled events and sightseeing tours throughout the beautiful city of Prague. The official Tournament Party is one of the highlights of the trip and includes a catered dinner and refreshments. A tour of a Crystal Factory and a Dinner Cruise on the Vltava River gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy the culture of the Czech Republic. There is ample time every day for anyone who wants to shop or sightsee on their own. Two meals are included daily and games are normally completed no later than 5:00pm which leaves plenty of time every day to enjoy Prague with your family and friends.

CZECH HOCKEY CHALLENGE CUP TOURNAMENT

Price per person – $2,899
Aug. 7-12, 2023

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CZECH TRAINING CAMPS

Train with Jeff Serowik and Martin Straka
AUG 3-6, 2023    $1,699 player/$999 parent

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Prague Training with Czech and American Coaches Camp. No hotel, camper price only
AUG 3-6, 2023    $899 player

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Training Camp Schedule:

Thursday, August 3

Arrival to Prague airport
Pick up at the airport (please let us know your flight arrival time and flight numbers)
Transfer to the hotel
Arrive and check in to the hotel
Free time to relax
Welcome Dinner at the restaurant nearby the hotel

Friday, August 4

7:45 Breakfast at the hotel
8:15 Depart for the arena
8:30-9:00 Locker room
9:00-11:00 On ice session
11:00-11:30 Locker room
11:30-12:30 Off ice training
12:30-13:00 Lunch at the restaurant at rink
13:00-13:30 Locker room
13:30-15:30 On ice session
15:30-16:00 Locker room
16:00-17:00 Stickhandling/passing/game theory
17:00-17:30 Depart for hotel dinner on your own
Evening free

Saturday, August 5

7:45 Breakfast at the hotel
8:15 Depart for the arena
8:30-9:00 Locker room
9:00-11:00 On ice session
11:00-11:30 Locker room
11:30-12:30 Off ice training
12:30-13:00 Lunch at the restaurant
13:00-13:30 Locker room
13:30-15:30 On ice session
15:30-16:00 Locker room
16:00-17:00 Stickhandling/passing/game theory
17:00-17:30 Depart for hotel dinner on your own
Evening free

Sunday, August 6

7:45 Breakfast at the hotel
8:15 Depart for the arena
8:30-9:00 Locker room
9:00-11:00 On ice session
11:00-11:30 Locker room
11:30-12:30 Off ice training
12:30-13:00 Lunch at the restaurant
13:00-13:30 Locker room
13:30-15:30 On ice session
15:30-16:00 Locker room
16:00-17:00 Stickhandling/passing/game theory
17:00-17:30 Depart for hotel dinner on your own
Evening free

What’s Included?

Prague Hockey Cup

August 7-12, 2023  Prague, Czech Republic


  • Accommodation at Hotel Hilton Prague, BEAUTIFUL  hotel in walking distance to all old world sites on the river, restaurants, cafes, John Lennon Wall, Castles, amazing roof top lounge for happy hour for  all of the  Pro Ambitions teams and coaches daily  (http://www.hiltonprague.com/domovska-stranka.html) for 6 nights. We can help you if you would like to extend your stay at The Hilton on either end.
  • Info for booking flights: depart USA Sunday, Aug 6 arrive Monday Aug 7. There will be a team practice on Monday, Aug 7. Tournament will begin on August 8.
  • Daily buffet style breakfast including omelet and pancake station, amazing food, we are very excited to be moving to THIS hotel for summer 2023 with American strong comforts and air conditioning and lots of ice and American full breakfast (we have eliminated other hotels we have tried over the years and feel very strongly about everyone’s happiness HERE at this hotel)
  • Daily dinner or lunch. Meals will be organized in arena restaurant or downtown or restaurants by the hotel. We organize all of this 1-2 months prior when all families will get a full schedule of games practices, bus departure times, meals and excursions
  • There is plenty of time for meals and exploring on your own as well. It is the perfect balance. You will love the trip, the competition, the hotel, the tour guide, the coaches, the excursions, the food.
  • It is a first class cultural and hockey experience on all facets
  • Motor coach for your team for the whole stay. Each team/bus has a private guide with them the entire week all day, your coaches are with you all week to all excursions meals, intimate experience. You will love your guides and also get to know them well. They have been amazing trouble shooting individual family needs. We have been impressed with our tour guides and have requested all of the same ones from last summer.
  • Prague guided city tour and the following excursions crystal factory, castle, river dinner cruise with all of The Pro Ambitions Teams, Concentration Camp (very emotional excursion). Awesome city to explore on your own as well. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, hands down.
  • Practice Aug. 8 before tourney starts.
  • Prague Hockey Cup staff during the stay are at your disposal for questions.
  • Rinks are conveniently located around the city, all within 10-30 minute drive.
  • Tournament Jerseys/Socks/custom sublimated by Pro Ambitions and sponsored by Bauer.
  • Tournament Bauer jackets and other swag available for purchase prior to trip
  • Your gear will be mailed to you be careful in ordering proper size for tournament uniforms, more on this if you join us.
  • All local taxes.
  • Book your flights to arrive in Prague to join us at The Hilton on Aug 8 meaning your will be departing the USA on Aug 7 on an overnight flight of your choice. We have lowered the price to allow folks to purchase their own flights because we have found it preferred after analyzing the pros and cons of traveling as a group. There was not a savings for families and it is easier for them to chose their own travel. The hotel is 15 minutes from Prague airport, a short and inexpensive taxi ride.
  • The competition is amazing. You will be playing teams from Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Ireland, Canada, UK, Slovakia, Germany and more.
  • We have 6 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. Larry Rooney (Catholic Memorial Coach, Providence College, Buffalo Sabres 3rd Round), Henry Berger (4th year professional, Director of Operations Pro Ambitions), Jay Kenny (10 year professional) and Derek Britner (UMASS Dartmouth Captain and Graduate). All of our coaches have a very extensive coaching resume and are fantastic with the kids. You will 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…
  • All players must have at least one parent or guardian travel with them, most families brought whole family

WE ARE STAYING AT THE PRAGUE HILTON ON THE RIVER

European flights typically depart the USA in the evening and arrive in Europe morning or midday the following day. Note that we will not be able to check into The Hilton Prague until 2pm Monday August 8, recommending folks depart the USA on Sunday Aug 7th (unless you will be making plans on your own to stay in Europe before or after the tourney). We will have a hospitality room set up with refreshments if you arrive at the hotel before 2pm. Our first practice will be Monday Aug 7th between 3-6pm. Once we get the exact schedule of game and practice times closer to the tournament we will send all details out. Our first tournament games will be on Tuesday Aug 8th. – Families can fly home Aug 13 Sunday Morning.

If you need help booking a flight please contact our preferred and trusted travel agent:
Kurt Galatas
Travel1@tvl1.net
617-523-8161 w
617-359-5644 c

2023 Pro Ambitions Seal Team 2005/2006 combined team

Prague Hockey Cup- 2005/2006 Parent/Guest Sign-Up

Prague Hockey Cup- 2005/2006 Player Sign-Up

2023 Pro Ambitions Seal Team 2008’s

Prague Hockey Cup- 2008 Parent/Guest Sign-Up

Prague Hockey Cup- 2008 Player Sign-Up

2023 Pro Ambitions Seal Team 2009’s

Prague Hockey Cup- 2009 Parent/Guest Sign-Up

Prague Hockey Cup- 2009 Player Sign-Up

2023 Pro Ambitions Seal Team 2010’s

Prague Hockey Cup- 2010 Parent/Guest Sign-Up

Prague Hockey Cup- 2010 Player Sign-Up

2023 Pro Ambitions Seal Team 2011’s

Prague Hockey Cup- 2011 Parent/Guest Sign-Up

Prague Hockey Cup- 2011 Player Sign-Up

2023 Pro Ambitions Seal Team 2012

Prague Hockey Cup- 2012 Parent/Guest Sign-Up

Prague Hockey Cup- 2012 Player Sign-Up

2023 Pro Ambitions Seal Team 2013

Prague Hockey Cup- 2013 Parent/Guest Sign-Up

Prague Hockey Cup- 2013 Player Sign-Up

Please contact Jeff Serowik (js@proambitions.com) for any questions pertaining to the tournament or special requests you may have for your family.

Disclaimer: Cancellations due to Covid/War will result in all money spent being transferred as a credit toward the 2023 Prague Hockey Cup or any Pro Ambitions Camp.

 

The Top Hockey Cities in Europe

1. Moscow, Russia
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Gothenburg, Sweden
4. Cologne, Germany
5. Helsinki, Finland
6. Pilsen, Czech Republic
7. Bern, Switzerland
8. Tampere, Finland
9. Prague, Czech Repbulic
10. Košice, Slovakia
11. Ufa, Russia
12. Kazan, Russia
13. Zug, Switzerland
14. Frankfurt, Germany
15. Gjøvik, Norway
16. Biel-Bienne, Switzerland
17. Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland
18. Tallinn, Estonia
19. Saratov, Russia
20. Landshut, Germany
21. Toruń, Poland
22. Bordeaux, France
23. Esbjerg, Denmark
24. Bremerhaven, Germany
25. Linkoping, Sweden
26. Kloten, Switzerland
27. Krefeld, Germany
28. Grenoble, France
29. Edinburgh, Scotland
30. Basel, Switzerland
31. Nordhorn, Germany
32. Balashikha, Russia
33. Davos, Switzerland
34. Sofia, Bulgaria
35. Canillo, Andorra
36. Vilnius, Lithuania
37. Székesfehérvár, Hungary
38. Budapest, Hungary
39. Lyon, France
40. Freiburg, Germany
41. Paisley, Scotland
42. Berlin, Germany

Q and A:  Very helpful information about the Tourney and Experience…

  • How do I sign up to play for one of your teams?

You email Jeff Serowik (js@proambitions.com) TODAY.  Jeff will help guide you through the process.

  • Who will we be playing?

Teams from all over Europe: Poland, Slovakia, 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.

  • Where will we stay?

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.

  • Who coaches our teams?

We have 6 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. Larry Rooney (Catholic Memorial Coach, Providence College, Buffalo Sabres 3rd Round), Henry Berger (4th year professional, Director of Operations Pro Ambitions), Jay Kenny (10 year professional) and Derek Britner (UMASS Dartmouth Captain and Graduate). All of our coaches have a very extensive coaching resume and are fantastic with the kids. You will have a very personal experience with your coach and team. 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. This took place at our hotel last summer, where it will take place again. In the historic courtyard of the hotel.

  • 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.

  • How is the competition?

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 by substantial scores, however our teams typically go .500 during the tournament. 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/socks. Custom Bauer. Custom Bauer Tournament tees, jackets and baseball hats are available for purchase on our online store. 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!

  • Who can help me make travel arrangements?

If you need help booking a flight please contact our preferred and trusted travel agent:
Kurt Galatas
Travel1@tvl1.net
617-523-8161 w
617-359-5644 c

 

Testimonials

Jeff,

Hope all is well – we had a great time in Prague as a family and grateful to you for the experience.

Best Regards,

Joe Farro


Good Evening Jeff and Mike,

Well it’s been a week since we’ve returned from Prague, CZ. Although it is my second trip in a year to that beautiful city, what was much more captivating was the sportsmanship and cohesiveness of the makeshift team. And what pulled at my heartstrings and left me speechless was the kindness and support that the players and their parents showed to our son Jewels. We travel a LOT, but this trip was particularly tough on Jewels. Yes he has autism, and yes we frequent large cities like New York, Philadelphia and even LA. What was new was the amount of time spent at hockey rinks, Also being on a bus with the players and families. Despite his challenges, Jewels bonded with parents and players alike. Eloping was very difficult for us, as he’s older and faster. I’m sure as a parent, you know how scary it is to have a child missing. We are extremely grateful to every single individual who was on our bus, to the young men and their parents who helped out during the week.

Your lovely wife was gracious and extremely encouraging. Sometimes we wonder whether to take Jewels to certain places. In the end we know we did the right thing. As we packed our bags for our journey back home, Jewels let us know that he wanted to be back on the bus with the ProAmbitions hockey team, and he wanted to go to the hockey rink. He wanted those suitcases unpacked.

Dave and I particularly appreciate the feedback concerning Nathaniel’s development as he enters the high school scene. He is a caring and considerate boy, fast becoming an adult. He bonded seamlessly with members of the team that a few days prior were total strangers.

We can truly say that playing with the ProAmbitions team in Prague was the highlight of not only our summer, but of the entire year. Thank you for the memories. In just a few weeks, Nathaniel will have another shot at playing hockey with some of the boys he met in Prague. And I, mom from the Caribbean, look forward to cheering him on in a freezing hockey rink at the Boston Breakout tournament.

Take good care; until next year. And do enjoy what remains of summer 2019.

Sincerely,

Mary and David Harrison


Thank you Jeff for the great opportunity that we had in Prague, although Hammad got injured, we had a blast, Coach Sones was awesome, and if we have an opportunity to do Prague again, we would very happy to go again. Thank you, Jeff, great tournament and opportunity, he had a great time.

Hameed Khan


Jeff, I want to thank you for the wonderful trip you put together every year for these boys. John has the time of his life and we are so happy he went with you.

Enjoy the rest of Summer.

Best,

Cindy and Joe Joyce


Jeff

I just wanted to thank you for putting together the Prague trip. Our family had a great time and made memories our kids will always have. We had an 04, 06 and 07 playing and we were able to balance each kids time with their teams as well as separate family time at places like the Prague zoo. Everything was organized, the guides were top notch and it could not have gone more smoothly.

Thanks to Michael for answering all my questions ahead of time and for Garrett and Billy for coaching. All of my kids received positive feedback and coaching, which was great. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone that wants to see a beautiful city and also enjoy some local hockey.

Thank you again,

Margie


My son, who is a 2004 Goalie and I attended the 2016 Czech Challenge Cup in Prague in August. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. ProAmbitions did a tremendous job coordinating all the transportation, meals and sightseeing. The hockey experience was amazing. It was great for our USA kids to witness international hockey. The hockey community in the Czech Republic was very cordial and made our visit very enjoyable. I would recommend the trip

Steve Sullivan and (Alec Sullivan) Reading, Massachusetts Best, Steven R. Sullivan


The Pro Ambitions Prague trip was the perfect balance of hockey and international travel. The competition was great, families were amazing and seeing a new European city was a lifetime experience. It was a trip my family will never forget. Thank you for including us!

Thanks Pro Ambitions The Madden Family!


Thanks so much for taking all of them! Best tournament for meeting great kids and people!!! Hope to watch our kids play together again!!

Patty


The Dunnes had a terrific experience, and good luck to all the boys with their upcoming seasons.

Warm regards to all, Chris & Kelly Dunne


Jeff, Thank you so much for giving Indiana an experience he will cherish the rest of his life. He made lifelong friends on the trip and I did as well. It was great hockey and every game we had was competitive- which is all you can ask for. Indy and I really enjoyed meeting your amazing wife and daughter and wish her the best of luck at Harvard. Indy is friends with her on all social media and will be keeping a close eye on her and cheering her on! ALL the Best until our next great adventure.

Melanie and Indy


Hi All, It was greeting meeting everyone. Casey had a great time. I posted about 150 pictures up on my website. You can find them at 85×200.com under the Spring Hockey tab. Feel free to download and share however you like.

Hope to run into you again Thom


No doubt Zach and I had an absolute blast. I called Zach’s group the Posse. The boys jelled so well they had a ball walking together to the pizza place and probably knows that hotel from rooftop to basement. Testosterone kicked in at these games. Confidence was there but we obviously were also playing against referees. One game had if I am not mistaken almost or over 21 minutes total in penalties for the game. Zack loved all the penalty kills he skated. Zach says the boys plan to reunite for next summer. I told him it is up to the parents. On that thought, count the Cestero’s in for Sweden and Prague maybe even Italy. This time wife Milli has to come.

AlohaJohn


Bob, Just wanted to put in writing and let you know Dominik and I had a great time with Pro Ambitions in Prague. Your PA team and event planners were super with the weeks events and Darina did a fantastic job meeting and following up with everyone. Especially want to let you know that our coach, Matt Nee was amazing the whole trip and really made our experience both on and off the ice a memorable one. From him running our two practices seamlessly after just arriving and incessantly ‘coaching’ our boys from the bench it was a great hockey experience. Even more importantly, I witnessed Matt bonding with each and every kid on our ’07 team off the ice; not picking any favorites in the short time we had together – which after experiencing dozens of coaches I can say is a rare thing. Even with his wife and new baby there, Matt went out of his way to always be with the team for everything and every ride. I think I can speak for our entire ’07 families in that Pro Ambitions has a great asset in Coach Matt.

Best Regards, Darren Braude


Hi Jeff, We had an amazing time in Prague and couldn’t have imagined having a better coach than Matt! Thank you so much for the opportunity for Evan to play on the 07 Seal Team!! We are very interested in the Italy opportunity in April! We look for to additional communication!

Thank you again – we couldn’t have imagined a better experience!! Barbara Noble


Jeff and ProAmbitions Prague team I wanted to thank you for a truly wonderful weak. As you stated we had some challenges that we had to overcome. We were one of the families that got their equipment on Tuesday as it arrived during the 1st period of our first game. Your wife, Dairine and your team behind the scenes went above and beyond to assist us in getting his equipment back. My wife Ami and I can’t thank everyone enough! With that said, I think that losing the equipment for two days, helped our team create a tighter bond. Everyone on our team and families on other teams immediately started offering up extra equipment. Next thing I knew we had skates, elbow pads, shoulder pads, pants and a stick. If I had to purchase equipment it would have been very limited due to the generosity of everyone on the trip. Ultimately we did not as Dairine came flying up to the rink and the crisis was averted. Brett has been speaking non-stop with his Prague teammates since getting back and not only do they want to play in another overseas tournament together they want to attend an overnight camp together. A unique bond for life. Having Billy as a coach was a real treat as the boys loved playing for him. We had a trip of a trip of a lifetime and it was directly related to all the little things you and your staff did!

Thanks, Chris, Ami, Anna and Brett Edgren


Good Morning! I just wanted to tell you our family had an amazing time last week. Not only was the city beautiful, but the hockey was great. Brendan loved every minute on ice and we discovered that our forward might just be a natural born defenseman— knew there was a reason we still send him to your defense camp every summer as a forward. We enjoyed our time so much, that Brendan is already talking about getting his buddies to come along next summer. Mike was a great coach. Brendan liked him so much that when I just mentioned he’d be coaching an 06 team in Italy, he asked if he could play down again— so if 05’s are allowed, count him in … as a D 🙂

Best Hillary Morrissy


Jeff , Just wanted to tell you how much fun the Boys had in Prague playing hockey and making new friends. It was a family experience we will never forget ! The hockey was awesome and I think the European style was very important for them to get to play and experience first hand . Maura and I also made a lot of new friends including your Wife and daughter! If you get a 03 & 05 team together for Italy next summer count the Casey’s in ! Hope to see you at the club sometime soon .

Very Best , Tom


Hello. How are you?
I wish you can remember me.
Time is too fast.
We had such a great time in Praha , Thank you !
We’re happy with you and good friends.
I’m thinking about that Brian transfers his school in Canada to another school in USA.
If you don’t mind, could you help us?
I’ll be happy to hear any tips or information from you.
Thank you so much !!

sincerely
Hanna hyojung Kim


Hi Jeff!

I wanted to share these pictures with you. Jason, Shane, Brodie, Jack and Josh all played together on the 06 team this past summer in Prague! The parents and kids have all have stayed in contact, and we were all able to see each other in Marlboro today! These kids represent three different teams on both the East and West coast. They will be forever friends after playing together in Prague. Thank you for the opportunity. I’m trying to convince them to join us in Sweden/Finland!

Hope to see you soon,

JoAnna and Josh

 


Larry, have you worked with Jeff before? He is one of the few men in this whole big hockey world that TRULY CARES about everyone of his players. He is an exceptional human that is a gem among the unfortunate money grab that has gone on in the hockey system in our area(Massachusetts). I think the trip was excellent for our son on many levels:

1. Chance to go to Europe

2. Thrill and excitement of playing teams from other countries on the Russian/Czech turf: John just wanted to beat them from the rivalry that dates back from so long ago in US history. I think this was one of the best parts for him: He has loved the Herb Brooks story and watched Miracle so many times. In a way it let him be a part of this History.

3. Gave him a sense of self in this huge hockey world: showed him that he can play at a level against the Czech team AND WIN!

4.His Team Camaraderie Has been formed with players all over US that I believe will be life long friends. They formed a STRONG bond. They are STILL in a group chat after 13 months later and they see each other at major tournaments or camps and root for each other’s success. When they see each other it is the unspoken connection there always.

5. They left me home and it was a good thing because his Dad let him run the streets of Prague with his team and BOY 😭😩😳😂did they have fun. THE STORIES are endless and priceless!!!!!

6. He begs me to go again all the time !

So yes the trip is amazing and your son will gain much from it. I hope this helps. Reach out if you need anything else or any specific questions to my husband.

Cindy

THE TRAINING CAMP PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • As with The European Tournaments, each player must travel with at least one parent. We are happy to accommodate both parents or other family members as well.
  • These European Tournaments and Training Camps are designed with meals accommodations tours and seats on your coach bus on top of the hockey element of the athletic and cultural experience
  • 3 or 4 nights Courtyard by Marriott Pilsen or Uzvonu Hotel owned by Marty Straka located downtown
  • Lunch or dinner at the hotel or at the arena. Drinks not included. The full itinerary will be sent closer to training camp with menu
  • Wi-Fi in hotel  rooms
  • Total 12 hours of practice at rink with Czech coaches – 2 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the afternoon
  • Motor coach for entire stay with tour guide leader
  • Guided tour of Pilsen
  • Guided tour of Pilsner Brewery including lunch or dinner
  • All local taxes
  • Pro Ambitions Coach Team Leader for training camp

HOW TO BOOK FLIGHTS / INFORMATION EXPLAINING IF YOU ARE ADDING ON BEFORE OR AFTER PRAGUE TOURNAMENT OR TRAINING WITHOUT PLAYING IN TOURNAMENT:

  • Flights from USA depart for Prague in the evening and you will arrive in Prague the next morning.
  • For those signing up for the training camp Aug 5-8, please book your flights from USA on Aug 4 to arrive in Prague on Aug 5. The package will include bus to Pilsen which is about an hour drive. Aug 5 is the day to get checked into hotel in Pilsen, meet your Pro Ambitions Coach and tour guide and rest from the jetlag. Your players will need a day to rest prior to starting camp in order to get the most out of the European development. The Training Camp will begin on August 6 and end on August 8. A coach bus will transfer players either back to the airport in Prague or to The Hilton in Prague for those who are playing for us in the tournament.

 

Jeff Serowik and Martin Straka were former teammates on The Pittsburgh Penguins. Jeff fondly remembers  Marty as one of the most skilled European players and nicest guys in his tenure of hundreds of former professional teammates. Straka is noted as one of the most prolific Penguins of all time as an NHL All Star. Jeff and Straka have teamed up to offer a European style training camp for our American Pro Ambitions youth hockey players in Marty’s hometown outside of Prague in Pilsen. The families who have played for us before on our Pro Ambitions Teams in the Prague Tournament realize that hockey in Prague is quite different than in the USA. Rinks are called Hockey Clubs with restaurants/pubs and private teams.  After leaving the NHL Straka moved back to the Czech Republic and served six more seasons as the team captain of Hockey Club Plzen in Pilsen. Afterwhich he quickly moved into development and coaching. He is now the franchise owner,  general manager of the club and also owns a hotel downtown.  Straka’s team of Czech coaches will be running the training camp. The style of play and training is very different than here in America. There is much to be learned from the Europeans as in turn they have much to learn from us.



 


 

CZECH TRAINING CAMPS

TRAIN WITH SEROWIK and his TEAMMATE MARTIN STRAKA, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
PILSEN, CZECH REPUBLIC SUMMER 2022

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