Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the Vikings
The Orland Park Vikings are proud to announce the addition of Chad Kolarik to the Coaching Staff. Chad brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Vikings having just finished a strong 12-year Pro Hockey Career. Chad will be working with all teams in the club as a Roaming Assistant Coach yet will put his main focus towards the U14 and Midget Levels. Chad will offer support to the Head Coaches and share ideas and concepts with our staff. "We are really excited to have Chad join our staff" says Hockey Director Nick Pollos. "Ive known Chad for several years, having coached against him as a player and then watched him during his playing career. He has allot to offer our kids." Chad's son Christian is a member of the Jr Vikes Mite 2 Team
Chad started his hockey career as a member of the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) in 2002 as a member of the Under 18 Team. Chad earned a scholarship to play at the University of Michigan and was drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. After his senior season at Michigan, Chad signed an NHL Entry Level Contract with Phoenix. Later Chad went on to play six games in the NHL with the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets. The Majority of Chad's career was spent in the AHL and playing in Europe. While in Europe Chad played in the KHL, Swedish Hockey League and others. Perhaps one of the many highlights in his career was being selected to the 2018 United States Olympic Team where he once again was honored to wear his nations colors.
The Vikings Welcome Chad, his wife Kylee and their son Christian to the Club.
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VIKINGS HEAD INTO 2020-2021 SEASON WITH 5 TEAMS IN CSDHL
The Orland Park Vikings are very proud to announce that they will be entering the 2020-2021 USA Hockey Season with Five Teams accepted into the Central States Developmental Hockey League. The announcement was made by Vikings Hockey Director Nick Pollos. "Its a very exciting time for our club, our players and our coaches," says Pollos. "We are looking forward to what lies ahead this season." The Vikings will enter the CSDHL Season at U10 SQ Major, U14 Bantam Minor (2007s), U14 Bantam Major (2006s), U15 Midget Minor (2005s) & U18 Midget Major (2002-2003s)
Feel free to contact Vikings Hockey Director Nick Pollos at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
A full list of accepted teams can be found on the CSDHL Website at www.csdhl.org
Its a Great Time to be a Viking!
How about this kid
Hockey players and parents from all clubs in all states. If we ever needed something to get us refocused especially during these absolutely crazy times in our nation, this is it. This is the Final Update on the long journey of Payton Bruns. Many have followed his path from injury to recovery to therapy and now to whats next in his life. Payton wrote this himself, not bad for a young man who has been through so much. It really shows whats inside his heart. With all the negative in the world today, I hope this inspires you to do something nice today, or tomorrow or everyday.
Payton Bruns Update
6/16/2020 at 3:00pm
I would like to again thank everyone for everything they did for me and my family through these tough times. Everyone has given us the best support possible through my injury and I can’t thank you enough for that.
Over the past few months I’ve been attending therapy 3 days a week, and it’s a lot less intense than before! I will be beginning OT again in the next few weeks for some minor twitching in my right hand, but everything else is moving really well! I’m still working my way back into my normal life with college beginning in just a few months. I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater! I will be receiving a Biology degree then returning to med school to pursue a career in physical therapy.
I still love seeing kids of all ages on the ice. Yes, I am upset with no longer being able to play college hockey, but everyone’s life has some challenges that come head on. I hope everyone takes their’s in a positive way and come out stronger than before. You’re always stronger than you believe you really are. Your heart and desire will carry you farther than anything else. And no matter what happens, when a challenge leaves you stuck, you have your family and friends there for support. Never take anything for granted and always push to defy the odds! These are some things I’ve learned through this process.
For anyone playing the game they love: You never want to look back at what could’ve been, so find the good in every day and take any chance you get to pursue your dream. Set goals and put your heart into it, and don’t give up until those goals and dreams become a reality. You never know how soon it can be over until it really is. Continue to put in as much work as you can to be the best version of you, and never take anything you have for granted. Always push yourself to be your best no matter what. Work hard and never give up on yourself! You picked this game for a reason, now go show the world why you’re playing.
For parents who watch the kids play the game they love: Enjoy it while it lasts. You never want to see your kid down or off about anything. Do whatever you can to support your child and make sure they enjoy what they’re doing! Push your child to be the best they can be, on and off the ice. But don’t yell at them for an off day or a bad game. They’re human and make mistakes. Mistakes will only teach them to work harder at what they do, so they don’t make that mistake again. And lastly, enjoy the family time! I’d give anything to spend another weekend with my parents in the car or hotel at a tournament, creating memories we will cherish forever. Create happy memories with your child, and enjoy the game.
Nothing is impossible, everything has odds whether they’re big or small, and everything is achievable. When given the worst situation, always give your best shot to achieve success. Thank you for everything,
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