Michigan Tech Sets Off on European Trip

Michigan Tech will play five games against professional teams from Germany and Austria as part of a 10-day European tour that started Wednesday.

NCAA rules allow a team to take one foreign trip every four years. Only current, eligible players may go along; incoming freshmen are not eligible.

“This trip will not only be a hockey learning experience but a cultural one as well,” Huskies coach Jamie Russell said in a statement. “This trip will also help us prepare for the upcoming season as we will be able to hold on-ice practices prior to the trip.”

The trip is being funded by private donations.

Michigan Tech assistant coach Pat Mikesch played for five years in the German Elite League, and he worked with former Huskies player Jay Luknowsky, a player/agent in Germany, on planning the trip.

To follow the Huskies in Europe, go to huskiesineurope.wordpress.com.