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By Lary Bump, 04/07/24, 5:15PM MDT


FARMERS BRANCH, Texas — It wasn’t just the contrast in styles that led the Orland Park Vikings (IL) to the title at the 2024 Chipotle-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 16U 3A National Championship
It was more like the Vikings beat the North Jersey Kings (NJ) at their own game. Each team came into the championship game undefeated. Orland Park had scored 12 goals and allowed just five. North Jersey produced 33 goals while allowing 12. The Vikings hadn’t scored more than three goals in any of their five games. The Kings hadn’t scored fewer than five.
So what led to Orland Park’s 5-2 win in the championship game?
The Vikings broke out early, when David Kundrat scored 4:33 into the game with an assist from Connor Kennedy. Then Logan Skocaj and Adam Ackerson scored unassisted in the second period for a 3-0 lead.
“All year, we’ve had all four lines going,” Vikings captain Jacob Purpura said. “Each guy contributes. My biggest contribution is that I always play as hard as I can. I have a hard forecheck. I get the boys going hard.”
The captain said he noticed a slight letdown late in the second period, when Jake McCloud, North Jersey’s leading scorer, put in his eighth goal of the tournament.
“There was a little stretch in the second period when we took a penalty,” Purpura said. “Things went a little downhill until we got going again.”
“I’m not as a big of a scorer as a lot of the team,” Purpura said, “like Mitch Gawel. He’s a great scorer.” As if on cue, Gawel scored 21 seconds into the third period to restore the three-goal lead.
Vincent Crisafulli put in the game’s sixth goal to make it 4-2. But Orland Park’s Max Degan, who assisted on Gawel’s goal, put the icing on the celebratory cake with his team-high fourth goal with 23 seconds to play. Typical of the team’s play, five different players scored one goal each.
In his first year with Orland Park’s 16U team, veteran Vikings coach Nick Pollos shook off the remains of an ice-water bath from his players and said, “It’s just exciting to see the kids progress and see them come together as a group like that.” He was not surprised by their success. 
“We’ve had a strong team,” he said. “We’ve been in the top five in the country most of the year. It’s a resilient group.”
However, Orland Park almost didn’t make it to nationals.
“We actually lost our state championship,” Pollos said. “We had some injuries, illness, so we were fortunate that there was an at-large bid available. We didn’t find out until 11 days before we were coming.”
Next season, Pollos will move with several of his players to 18U hockey. 
“Championships are great, but watching kids progress is greater,” he said.
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Vikings Welcome Sergei Vahmistrovs to the Coaching Staff

Vahmistrovs to Lead Vikings
Bantam Major and Bantam Minor Teams 

The Orland Park Vikings are very proud to welcome Coach Sergei Vahmistrovs to the club. Sergei will be the Head Coach of our 2010 and 2011 birth year teams this upcoming season. Sergei is originally from Riga, Latvia where he grew up playing youth hockey eventually becoming a member of both the Junior and Senior Latvian National Teams. During that time, Sergei participated in multiple International Tournaments for Latvia, winning both Bronze and Gold Medals. Sergei also competed in the IIHF World Junior Championships as a member of Team Latvia in the Group B Division at both the U20 and U18 age groups. Sergei has also played at the Junior, Collegiate, and Minor Pro levels in North America.

Sergei has coached youth hockey at the AAA and CSDHL / AA levels for the past 17 years. Sergei has served as the FVIA Director of Hockey and as the Bantam / PW Director for the Leafs Hockey Club from 2014-2021. Prior to moving to Illinois, Sergei coached at the AA and AAA in Las Vegas. "We are very excited to bring Sergei into the Vikings family", says Vikings Hockey Director Nick Pollos. "Sergei brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our Bantam level and our club overall. He will bring great balance to our staff as a strong skills instructor as well as being a veteran bench coach with strengths in both video review with his teams and competitive practices."

Sergei will begin working in our Spring Program over the next week or two at various levels.

Welcome to the southside Sergei, we have a saying around her...

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2024 Vikings Spring Development Program, Spring Tournament Schedule!!

The Vikings Hockey Club is proud to announce their 2024 Spring Development Program at The Arctic Ice Arena. We are the leader in Spring Development Hockey. This year’s program will run from early April thru mid June. The Vikings Spring Development Program is open to ALL PLAYERS from ALL CLUBS including AAA, High School, Tier II and Arctic Jr Fury 

Follow this link for all the Spring Program Details and click the "Registration" tab above to sign up before your level sells out.

2024 Spring Program Details

Spring Events / Tournaments
April 12-14 Spring Showcase Games, Darien Sports Plex. 2 Games, (U18, U16, U15, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016-17)
April 19-21 CCM Chi Town Shuffle AA/AAA (U18, U16, U15, 2012, 2014, 2016)
May 3-5 Windy City Rumble AA/AAA (U18, U16, U15, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
May 17-19 Windy City Spring Classic A/AA (U14, U12, U10, U8)



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