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The annual tournament in Europe is almost upon us and this year marks the 24th anniversary of traveling abroad to play hockey against teams from Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, Italy, and other countries throughout Europe. Almost every locker room in San Diego has a player in it that has made the trip and will share memories with his teammates of the times had in Europe.

This year the trip begins on March 23 and ends on April 4, 2017 beginning in Amsterdam and ending in Prague. In 13 days you will play 12 to 15 games, see 3 countries, meet plenty of fellow hockey players and friends from all over the world, and hang out in historic towns in Europe. Although this trip is filled with hockey, it is also a cultural and social trip in which you will mingle with locals from the towns we visit and people from all over the world.

The trip includes roundtrip airfare, hotels, ground transportation 2 tournaments, exhibition games, trips to castles, opening and closing ceremonies in Czech, 2 Team USA jerseys (home and away) and socks, and a team bus to take us from Holland through Germany and into the Czech Republic. Hockey players and guests are welcome with plenty of activities for any kind of traveler. In Amsterdam you can choose to visit museums, take the water taxis through the canals, visit the red light district, hit the coffee shops, tour the breweries, and then dance all night long in the clubs. In Prague you will visit castles, see old town square, the astrological clock, walk the St. Charles Bridge, and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

The price for the trip is $2700 for hockey players and $2600 for non-players.If you get your own airfare the cost is only $1500 for players and $1400 for non-players.I can help you organize a custom trip if you want to arrive early or stay longer to extend your vacation. Different payment plans are available on the website or through pay-pal.

I can take 2 teams – an upper level and a lower level team with maximum 13 skaters and 1 goalie per team. All talent levels from pro players to division 4 are welcome and we have at least 1 practice before leaving to establish who wants to play at which level.

For more info, check out the website – www.Hecklershockey.com or e-mail me at Brickpuck@aol.com.You can also call me at (619) 501-9968 with any questions about the trip.

-Chris Heaney

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