WHAT A TEAM- WHAT A STORY- SILVER MEDAL (VIZEMEISTER)
Back to back seasons in the Austrian U20 league, NHA U20 has qualified 2nd in the country and Play-Offs in both seasons. Both Play-Off series ended against the defending Champions, Red Bull Salzburg. Season 2021-2022 in 5th (last) Semi-Final series and this year in Finals against Red Bull. Congratulations to the Red Bull Salzburg organization and looking forward to challenging the defending Champions again next Spring.
2022-2023 AUSTRIAN U20 FINALS (NHA VS RED BULL)
For two executive seasons in the Austrian U20 Elite league, both Nordic Hockey Academy and Red Bull Salzburg has proven its high standards in their hockey programs and therefore been competing for the 1st and 2nd ranking in the country. NHA won 3/5 regular season games against the Red Bull Salzburg this year and Final series were also very close and intense to the last minute.
SEMI-FINAL SERIES AGAINST THE VIENNA CAPITALS (3-2 FOR THE NHA)
After a very exciting and intensive "best of five" Semi-Final series against the Vienna Capitals ended to a 3-2 victory to the Nordic Hockey Academy. All five games were extremely entertaining and full of excitement (1-2 L, 5-3 W, 2-3 W, 6-3 L and 3-0 W).
SEMI-FINALS STARTED WITH A TWO EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING AND HIGH INTENSITY GAMES HOME IN FERLACH AND THE GAME SERIES IS NOW 1-1 AGAINST THE VIENNA CAPITALS.
Nordic Hockey Academy finished second in the first phase (after 16 games) just behind Vienna Capitals and after the second phase (16 games) the Academy team was in the pole position for the Play-Offs. After winning HC Innsbruck twice in the "best of three series"- team proceeded to the Semi-Finals and are battling for the "best of five series" against the Vienna Capitals.
PLAY-OFFS ARE THE GOAL AND EXCITEMENT THAT EACH AND EVERY HOCKEY PLAYER AND SERIOUS ATHLETE IS WORKING THE WHOLE SEASON FOR
Two seasons in the Austrian league and two times the Academy has qualified for the Play-Offs with a home advantage which alone is a remarkable record and extremely valuable learning experience for all our players. Play-Off games are a rare luxury that every player wish for but too few ever get to experience. Our boys are very privileged and excited for an exciting Play-Off series.
SIX (6) GAMES STILL LEFT IN THE REGULAR SEASON- TEAM IS WELL PREPARED AND MOTIVATED FOR THE PLAY-OFFS PERIOD
The Austrian U20 league was divided into two separate divisions (upper 5 teams and lower 4 teams) after the first 16 regular season games (where NHA ended second in the league). In the upper 5 division NHA has continued a very solid performance. With most victories, most goals scored, best +/- , best penalty kill in the league and top two in powerplay in the country, motivates us well towards the last six regular season games and then Play Off season. GO NHA!!!
ENORMOUS INTEREST WORLD-WIDE FROM NEW RECRUITS AND CANDIDATES TO START IN THE NHA IN SEASON 2023-2024
While Play-Off season is soon starting, recruiting for the upcoming season 2023-2024 is in full speed. Numerous amount of players world-wide has shown interest towards Nordic Hockey Academy which makes us very proud and honored as an organization. Nordic Hockey Academy has a strong world-wide trademark as a high quality international Academy program and therefore welcomes players and families from all over the world to its program. Contact us and take the next step i
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023
1,5 seasons have gone extremely fast in Ferlach. Team qualified second in the league and made the Semi-Finals (vs Redbull) in the first year in the league and had 4 players playing World U20 Championships (2021-2022). After season ended, 6 players left to North American Junior leagues and current season couldnt start any better as it did. Team was second after round robin with best Power Play % and fair play % in the league and now went to Christmas break as the 1st team in the league and 3 players are playing U20 World Championships. Merry Xmas and Happy New year 2023!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NATIONAL TEAM NOMINATIONS
There has been over 25 national team players from the NHA Academy representing their national teams during the past 5 years. Currently Elvis Laskovs and Leo Cabulis for (U20 Latvian) team and Martin Crepinsek (U18 Slovenian) and Matej Petretic (U20 Slovenian) teams. Congratulations for being nominated and selected and enjoy the opportunity.
OPEN REGISTRATION FOR THE TRY OUTS FOR SEASON 2023-2024
Now you have your chance to experience and feel how Nordic Hockey Academy really works behind the scenes. Send us an email to reserve your spot in the January try out for season 2023-2024. Limited amount of participants will be approved to the event. See you in Ferlach in January!
THE AUSTRIAN U20 LEAGUE STANDING BEFORE NOVEMBER NATIONAL TEAM BREAK
First part of the season is now completed with a solid performance of the Academy team. With most goals scored and best powerplay in the league, least penalized (most fair-play) team and top three in penalty kill in the league will give us a well deserved "break" from league games until the second part starts in one week.
SEASON 2022-2023 NORDIC HOCKEY ACADEMY TEAM REPRESENTS AN INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FROM EIGHT (8) DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES
Nordic Hockey Academy program is very international and has had the advantage and pleasure of having players and coaches from 20 different countries and nationalities since its begin. The large variety in cultural experience and knowledge truly develops the Academy players in a unique setting. All our players learn how to be an import in a team as well as how to communicate and understand multicultural hockey both on and off the ice which we believe is the future in high level modern hockey.
AUSTRIAN U20 LEAGUE PROVIDES HIGH LEVEL COMPETITION IN A WELL STRUCTURED LEAGUE AND PROFESSIONAL ARENA FACILITIES
Austrian hockey has developed well in the last few years with increasing amount of teams in the leagues as well as a very attractive and professional senior leagues. Austrian national teams have also performed better internationally and therefore men´s senior team and U20 team are competing in the highest division in the IIHF World Championships. Additionally two Austrian players were drafted to the NHL in 2022 draft.
PLACING PLAYERS AFTER THEIR TIME IN THE ACADEMY IS A PRIORITY FOR US
Nordic Hockey Academy is not just a top rated development platform for hockey players but also internationally a well respected organization to place players also after their time in the Academy. Since 2017 when Nordic Hockey Academy was established, there has been nearly 20 players who have been selected and recruited to the North American Junior and College leagues and dozen has worked their way up to senior leagues in Europe.
PROUD AND HONORED TO HAVE OUR BOYS PLAYING THE WORLD JUNIORS
The first Academy players who have played the highest U20 level World Junior Championships so far. Congratulations Matteo Mitrovic and Janick Wernicke for the historical nomination and impressive performance at the highest U20 hockey level in the world.
CONGRATULATIONS FOR GRADUATING FROM THE ACADEMY AND GOOD LUCK FURTHER
THANK YOU for the NHA Alumni players (from left: Maks Bukovec, Matteo Mitrovic, Janick Wernicke, Andreas Imingen, Gaute Överås, Tobias Falkeid and Håkon Bråthen and Leevi Kinnunen) for your priceless efforts, example and leadership during your time in the program. NHA wish you only the best for the future steps in your career.