The New Hampshire Junior Monarchs are proud to announce that 1999 Defenseman Petr Staif of Zruc-Senec, Czech Republic has committed to Worcester State University to continue his hockey and academic career. Staif says he chose WSU because it is one of the top State schools in Massachusetts. “With 6,000 students, it is exactly what I was looking for. The facilities are really nice and new, including a brand-new hockey rink” Staifsaid. “Lancers’ hockey team is very competitive in MASCAC division and I believe it will be the best fit for me” he continued. Staif will join former Monarch, Sean Gavin this Fall and intends to major in economics.
Staif had to adapt to the American way to play hockey this season and it came with some challenges. “European and North American styles differ, including the size of the rink. Hockey is a lot faster and more simple in the United States. It took me a while to adapt to a different environment and much bigger competition, but I am sure it improved me as a player” he said. “The Monarchs definitely taught me how to follow the systems and have good habits on the ice. Overall in Juniors nothing is for free, you always have to work for your spot” Staif expressed.
The organization wishes Staif and his family the best of luck as he continues his hockey and academic adventure in the States.