FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Indiana Tech forward Adam Jonak will represent his home country of the Czech Republic in the upcoming Winter Universiade.
Jonak, a senior from Praha, Czech Republic, was named to the national team that competes in the the bienial international college and youth sports festival March 2 through March 12 in Krasnoyarks, Russsia.
The Russians have won the previous 3 gold medals in men’s ice hockey. Czech Republic won silver in 2005 and last won gold in 1997. The U.S. men have not medaled since bronze in 1972. The American women claimed bronze in 2017.
Jonak has scored 12 goals and 16 assists (28 points) so far this season. The Warriors NAIA team (15-4-0) rattled off 10 straights to close out the 2018 half of the season. All the while, Jonak has chased his hockey dreams to Fort Wayne, nearly 4,500 miles from home.
“Growing up in Europe, you see the movies and you think America is Disneyland,” Jonak tells ParkviewSportsMedicine.com. “It’s a lot different from back home. Back home is bigger with more friends. But here is great, too. I found new friends here with this group of guys on the team. It’s a fun experience.”
Jonak is one of several international players on Indiana Tech’s roster. In addition to Czech Republic, head coach Frank DiCristofaro has recruited players from Sweden and Canada; and a steady stream of talent has come to Tech from Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and of course Fort Wayne.
“It gives us a lot of perspective,” head coach Frank DiCristofaro says. “The school has put us in a good position to attract a lot of those kinds of players and personalities. It helps our players to grow not only on the ice, but off the ice. They experience different culture.”
Jonak has returned to the Czech Republic for the team’s preparation camp, which runs Jan. 7 through 15.
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