Coaches

Not only are all of our coaches experienced professionals in the field of hockey, but all of them had to go through rigorous testing before being employed as part of our team. Therefore, we can guarantee you that you will receive only the best coaches that truly know how to pass on all of the skills needed to become a successful hockey player. We praise ourselves in paying great attention to every player’s individual weakness and then acting upon it. We are of course aware that hockey is a team sport but we also know that a team is only as strong as its weakest link and in some cases it is only the individual attention of a coach to a specific player that can help a player become just as skilled as the rest of the group.

Below you will find a list of our steady coaches which has been constantly increasing over the years and in some cases gets supplemented by other experienced coaches from the Czech Republic and sometimes also from other successful hockey countries such as Finland, America or Sweden.

Lukas Tramba

Lukas Tramba

Lukas Tramba completed his Master’s degree at Charles University, in Prague, at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, where he received the internationally recognized "A" license in ice hockey coaching. He then went to work in the USA, working as an assistant coach with the Utah Golden Eagles and as a coach at the Hearland ice hockey camp. Since returning to the Czech Republic, he has trained Junior Extra league teams and assisted in the Nike International Hockey Camp. Since 2003 he has been the Head Coach of the Czech International Hockey Camp.
Lukas speaks Czech, English and Russian.

 

Martin Novak

Martin Novak

Martin Novak reached the top of his playing career at HC Novy Jicin and HK Lev Slany in the Czech National Ice Hockey League 2nd Division. He graduated from Charles University in Prague where he received his Master degree of Physical Education and Sport in Pedagogy and Ice Hockey Coaching. There he also obtained the internationally recognized "A" coaching license. His coaching experience is based on his work with the HC Novy Jicin, HC Hvezda Praha, HC Benatky nad Jizerou and HK Lev Slany ice hockey teams, where he worked in both the youth and senior divisions. In 2006, his team of Sparta Prague (U-10, U-11), finished 3rd in the Czech Championship. Martin has been working for HC Ambri-Piotta (Switzerland) in his position as a youth coach and power skating coach for all categories, including the professional men´s team since 2009. Martin speaks Czech, English, German, Italian and Russian.

 

Jan Brychta

Jan Brychta

In 2007 Jan Brychta became a chief youth coach in the prestigious Czech club of HC Energie Karlovy Vary. He holds a Master’s degree in Pedagogy and Ice Hockey Coaching from Charles University in Prague, and the internationally recognized "A" coaching license. He has assisted with the Czech International Hockey Camp since 2000. Jan Brychta spent seasons 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2010/11 in his position as a head coach of the Kuwaiti National Team with his assistant coach Tomas Mahovsky, another coach from the Czech International Hockey Camp.

Currently he acts as the head coach of the Cold Play Stars Mechelen in Belgium. Jan speaks: English, Russian

 

Tomas Mahovsky

Tomas Mahovky

Tomas Mahovsky has been part of the Czech International Hockey Camp since 2006. He spent six years as a coach of the youth teams, TJ Viktoria Marianske Lazne and HC GRATO Marianske Lazne. In 2004 he became the sport manager and head coach of HC Marianske Lazne. Tomas studied at the Faculty of Physical Education, Palacky University in Olomouc, where he graduated in 2005. He holds the internationally recognized license "B" in ice hockey coaching and is presently studying for the category "A" tennis coaching license. As a tennis coach Tomas spent several seasons in Germany (in Wunsiedel, Münchberg and Swebheim). He began working as a PE and Geography teacher at a primary school in Prague from 2006 until 2010, at which time he became an assistant coach of the Kuwaiti national team and moved for one year to Kuwait City with another of our coaches Jan Brychta. He currently is the head coach for the Italian based ice hockey club ASV PRAD. Tomas Mahovsky speaks German, English and French.

 

Jakub Petr

Jakub Petr

Jakub Petr began his professional playing career with HC Havirov and HC Vitkovice in the Czech Junior and Midget Extra league. He then spent two seasons in the 1st Czech Division playing for HC Havirov. In 1998 he played in the US Amateur league and WPHL and then two years later he played in the Australian AIHL for the Sydney Bears. Jakub graduated from Charles University in Prague with a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Sport. He also holds, the internationally recognized, "A" coaching license.

His coaching career began in 1995 when he became a coach of Mites and Squirts in the Czech clubs of HC Havirov and HC Praha. Later, he spent one year as a coach in the youth divisions of the Development League in the USA (Seven Bridges and area). In 2003 he began coaching in Australia, first as a coach of Sydney Bears (Development League and Youth teams), then as an assistant coach of Sydney Bears Senior Team (AIHL) and finally in 2004 he became assistant coach of Australian National U-18 Team which qualified for the Division 2 World Championship. In 2006 he moved back to the Czech Republic and started with HC Vitkovice as the head coach of HC Vitkovice Steel Pee-Wee and Bantam teams. In 2008, Jakub became the head coach of HC Vitkovice in the U-18 category, of the Czech Youth Extraleague. In 2010, as his professional coaching career, in Czech ice hockey, continued to progress, he started to work with the Czech U-17 National Team, as an assistant coach and general manager. In that same year he was promoted to the position of head coach at HC Vitkovice Steel in the U-20 category of the Czech Junior Extra league.

Jakub Petr has participated in the Czech International Hockey Camp since 2001 and speaks Czech, English and Russian. In addition to a Master Degree from Charles University, Prague he graduated at Clarendon Business College Sydney, Australia with a Degree in Travel and Tourism.

 

Josef Hovora

Josef Hovora

Josef Hovora is a legendary Czech goalie. His career cannot be summed up in a few words. Let´s have a look on what our head goalie coach achieved in his life.

Josef spent 13 seasons in the Czechoslovak professional ice hockey league (Skoda Plzen, Dukla Jihlava), and played for the Czechoslovakian national ice hockey team. He has a Master´s degree in Physical Education and Sport and has been working as the head goalie coach of the HC Plzen professional ice hockey team since 1980. In 1996 he became head goalie coach of the Czech U-16, U-17 and U-18 national ice hockey teams and assisted in the development of many well-known Czech goalies, e.g. Dusan Salficky (Olympic Gold Medal Team from Nagano Olympics 1998), Vladimir Hudacek (goalie of the Czech national team), Zdenek Smid (Junior World champions 1999, 2000). Since 1985 he has worked with the Czech top junior players as a goalie coach of the Czech youth national team. There Josef Hovora has worked with world renowned goalies such as Dominik Hasek, Roman Turek, Roman Cechmanek, Tomas Vokoun, Milan Hnilicka... etc.

In 1997 Josef Hovora was also the goalie coach of the Czech team at the under 17 World Hockey Challenge in Canada, and at the European Youth Olympic Winter Days in Sundsvall, Sweden. In 1998 he accompanied the Czech team to the Viking cup 98 in Canada as their goalie coach. He has been a member of the goalie committee of the Czech Ice Hockey Association since 1982. This committee organizes special goalie training programs for talented goalies of all age levels in the Czech Republic. Josef Hovora speaks Czech, English, Russian and German.

 

Michal Peska

Michal Peska

Michal has been a sucessful hockey player since a very early age. He played for such teams as HC Salith Sumperk with which he advanced to he highest possible junior league and in the Czech Republic and thanks to his undeniable skills he was a key member of the team.

Like so many of his coaching coleagues he studied at a specialized university for physical education and sport with a specialization in hockey coaching. Therefore, being a professional in his field he also holds the internationally recognized B license in hockey coaching and his language skills and knowledge of hockey make him an extremely important comodity in the Czech International Hockey Camp team. He is greately requested by many adult as well as youth teams which have been to the Czech Republic to gain insight into the complex world of Czech ice hockey. These teams were from such hockey countries as Switzerland, Finland and also Sweden but among many others also from developing hockey countries such as the United Arab Emirates or Qatar. He speaks: English, German, Russian

 

Jakub Fryc

Jakub Fryc

Jakub represents the classic Czech hockey player, a very skilfull skater, stick handler with a perfect shot. Currently majoring in ice hockey coaching from the prestigious Palacky University of physical education and sport, he is a professional qualified coach who has been playing ice hockey from as early as he can remember.

His theoretical and practical background in both sports education and ice hockey makes him a professional in his field. After having returned from a coaching stay in England where he was responsible for both the on and off-ice practices of both a youth and professional team north of London he decided to dedicate himself mostly to Czech International Hockey Camp clients as well as to the off-season preparation of professional Czech Hockey players which play in such leagues as the NHL or KHL (Michal Jordan, Petr Zamorsky and Robert Kousal). He speaks: English

 

Jan Safar

Jan Safar

Born in 1991 in the Czech Republic, Jan like many Czech youths played hockey extensively all the way up to the highest Czech youth league where he was selected to play for the Czech National team. More interested in coaching Jan did not go in the direction of a professional player but instead he dedicated himself to the study of sports with a specialization in ice hockey. Currently holding the internationally recognized B coaching license Jan is one of the strongest up and coming coaches of our squad as his coaching records speak for himself.

While now having worked with the Czech International Hockey Camp for over 5 years many international teams have already been able to profit from his expertise. Amon many others this has included squads from Great Britain, Russia, Switzerland and recently also the Qatar national ice hockey team. He speaks: English, Russian

 

Kamil Vavra

Kamil Vavra

Born in 1985 in Chlumec the Czech Republic, Kamil is the prototype of a typical ice hockey player with heart, always eager to learn more and ready to accept any challenge. While having successfully played for various Czech Clubs such as HC Pardubice, HC Hradec Kralove, HC Trutnov and HC Sumperk to name just a few, he was also part of the Czech U18 National Team. His talent was spotted very early on and he was therefore also able to gain experience playing in other countries such as France, Slovakia, Germany and the United States. He is a great talent and his international background enables him to always bring new skills and new ideas to our camp. When not playing or practicing himself Kamil has been now working for the Czech International Hockey Camp for since 2010 sharing his skills and experiences with players and teams from all over the world. Kamil speaks: English, German

 

Pavel Sedlar

Pavel Sedlar

Pavel Sedlar graduated from Charles University in Prague with the internationally recognized "A" ice hockey coaching license and a Master´s degree in Physical Education and Sport. As a player, he played for HC Koprivnice (youth, midget and Junior divisions). Pavel´s coaching experience is based on his work with youth division of HC Novy Jicin. He has been assisting with the Czech International Hockey Camp since 2002. Pavel Sedlar speaks Czech and English.

 

Radim Jaros

Radim Jaros

Radim Jaros has graduated from Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic with Master's degree in Business, Economics and Management. But before his studies, Radim played ice hockey for almost 16 years as a goalie. He spent most of his career with HC Ytong Brno, where he made it all the way to juniors. He also spent a season 2002-2003 with Duluth Icehawks in Atlanta, GA playing AA midget U-17, and his team made it to the nationals that season. In the USA he also started coaching younger goalies for Kennesaw Lazers and Duluth Icehawks. He has been coaching goalies of all ages at our hockey camps since the year 2003 and he also has coaching experience from his hometown - Brno, Czech Republic. Radim speaks fluently Czech and English.

 

Pavol Skripko

Pavol Skripko

Pavol Skripko is currently an undergraduate student of Master´s program at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University in Prague, specializing in Pedagogy and Ice Hockey Coaching. He holds the internationally recognized "B" coaching license and this year he is studying for level "A". Pavol started his playing career in youth categories with HK Presov (Slovakia), later he played the midget and junior Slovak Extra league with the same club. During his university studies he joined the team of UHK Lev Slany in the Czech 2nd Division. Pavol was also a member of the winning Charles University team at the Winter Czech University Championship in 2007-11. His coaching experience has come through his work with youth categories of HC Hvezda Praha. Pavol speaks Slovak, Czech, English and German.

 

Josef Reigl

Josef Reigl

Josef Reigl started his ice hockey playing career in youth categories, and later the midget and junior leagues, of HC Sparta Praha. He also played in the Czech 2nd division with Pro Hockey HC Hvezda Praha, Benatky nad Jizerou and HC Pribram. He obtained his coaching qualifications at Charles University in Prague specializing in Pedagogy and Ice Hockey Coaching. Josef has a Master’s in Physical Education and Sport and holds the internationally recognized "A" ice hockey coaching license. His coaching experience has come through his work with youth categories of HC Hvezda Praha. Josef Reigl has been coaching in Lillehammer hockey club in Norway since 2010. Josef speaks Czech, English and German.

 

Martin Broz

Martin Broz

Martin Broz holds the internationally recognized "A" coaching license from Charles University in Prague where he graduated both with degrees in English and Physical Education and Sport (Master Degree). He started out working as a PE and English teacher in basic and grammar schools. He gained his coaching experience in the youth categories of HC Cesky Krumlov and HC Ceske Budejovice league teams. He has been working with the Czech International Team 2001. Martin speaks English, German and Russian.

 

Petr Prajsler

Petr Prajsler

Petr Prajsler started to play ice hockey in 1972 in his hometown Hradec Kralove. He was a member of the U17, U18, U20 Czech national team and also the senior B national team. In 1984 he started to play for Pardubice in the Czech extraliga, where in the 1986/87 season he won the extraliga championship title with Tesla Pardubice. In the same year he also won the bronze medal at the U18 European Championship and the silver medal at the U20 World Championship.

In 1987 he defected and signed a contract with the Los Angeles Kings and then later with the Boston Bruins as a free agent in the 1991/92 season, in total Petr played in 48 NHL games.

In 1992/93 season after his return back to the Czech Republic he helped his hometown team Stadion Hradec Kralove to win the second league which qualified them for the extraliga. In 1993/94 Petr retired from his active hockey career and in 2000 he started as a coach for the U9 up to U15 age categories and then later from 2007 – 2009  he was the coach of the U18 extraliga team in Hradec Kralove.

For the season 2011/2012 Petr received an offer to go to France, to Viry Chatillon in order to help start up a development program for young players and where he also began to coach the senior team.  For the 2012/2013 season he still remained in Viry Chatillon where he is responsible for the development program for the U7 up to U13 players, while still acting as a coach of the U13 as well as the seniors teams.

Jakub Hospudka

Jakub Hospudka

In 2010 Jakub Hospudka graduated from Charles University in Prague, with a degree in Physical Education and Geography, specializing in Pedagogy and Ice Hockey Coaching. During his university studies he spent a semester at Haaga-Helia, Vierumäki Sports Institute, in Finland. He holds the internationally recognized "A" ice hockey coaching license. His playing career began with HC Litomysl where he played in youth division, and later, in third senior league. Jakub‘s coaching experience has come from his time with IIHF development camp in Vierumaki, Finland, in 2008, and from coaching the youth divisions in HC Litomysl. He has been working for the Czech International Hockey camp since 2006. In 2010 he worked as a team host for Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Jakub speaks Czech, English and French.

 

Oldrich Jindra

Oldrich Jindra

Oldrich Jindra graduated from Charles University in Prague with his Master´s degree in Physical Education and Sport. Specializing in Pedagogy and Ice Hockey Coaching, he also holds the internationally recognized, "A" ice hockey coaching license. After graduating, Oldrich did not stay in the Czech Republic for a long time; instead in 2003 he became the head coach of EHC Montafon in Austria. Then in 2005 he took up the positions of head coach and general manager with HK Lietajuce kone Presov, Slovakia. In 2006 Oldrich moved back to Austria where he became the head coach of HC Oberland. Oldrich has been participating with Czech International Hockey Camps since 2009. Oldrich speaks English, German, Russian, Latin, Italian and French.

 

Tomas Mariska

Tomas Mariska

Tomas Mariska graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University in Prague, with a Master’s degree in Pedagogy and Ice Hockey Coaching, along with the internationally recognized "A" coaching license. As a player, he spent several seasons in the Czech 2nd Division playing for HC Havlickuv Brod and HC Jindrichuv Hradec. As a coach he has been coaching the youth division of HC Ceske Budejovice and HC Rebel Havlickuv Brod. Since 2007 he has been working as the regional coach of the Vysocina Region. Tomas speaks Czech, English and Russian.

 

Martin Itersky

Martin Itersky is currently an undergraduate student at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University in Prague, specializing in Ice Hockey and Tennis Coaching. He reached the peak of his playing career in the 2006/07 season, when he played for KLH Chomutov in the Czech 1st division. Martin also spent several seasons in the 2nd Czech division playing with the University team UHK Lev Slany, UHK Klasterec nad Ohri and Ned Hockey Nymburk. In 2009 he took part in the winter Universiade in Harbin, China, as a member of Czech national ice hockey team. Martin has been working with Czech International Hockey Camp since 2007. He speaks Czech, English and Russian. Martin Itersky also holds a Fitness Coach Certificate, including a diploma in Nutrition and Recuperation. Since 2010 he has been working as a personal trainer at a fitness center in Prague.

 

Jaroslav Cerny

Jaroslav Cerny

Our off-ice specialist and all-round sports talent Jarda has been involved in sports as early as he can remember. Having received his Master’s degree in sports and sports nutrition from the prestigious Palackeho University in Olomouc he has mastered several sports on both a competitive as well as recreational level; football, judo, rock climbing, rowing and handball just to name a few. After a half year stay at the University of Coimbra in Portugal he fell in love with rugby, which is a sport that he plays competitively going even as far as to representing the Czech Club Sparta Praha at the European Championship in 2015. He earns his living as a physical education teacher and as a private coach for athletes of all different sports amongst which are also hockey players from both national and international leagues. His wide array of knowledge of sports makes him the ideal asset to our staff and the perfect person to teach all of our campers what it takes to become a professional ice hockey player.