• He has committed to the University of Minnesota for the fall of 2011.
• Ambroz led Omaha in scoring in 2010-11, recording 46 points (24-22--46) in 56 games helping Omaha finish second in the United States Hockey League Western Conference – Omaha was defeated by Sioux Falls in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.
• He won a gold medal with the U.S. at the 2010 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge, defeating Canada East 6-4 in the gold medal game after facing a 4-1 deficit halfway through the game – Ambroz scored the first U.S. goal on the power-play.
• The hockey lineage in the Ambroz family is strong -- his older brother, Matt, plays at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and his sister, Kacy, plays for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. His brother also spent two full seasons playing in the USHL for the Tri-City Storm.
• He made the jump to the USHL for the 2008-09 season and at 15 years old he was the youngest player in the league -- he scored 14 goals, 17 assists and tallied 88 penalty minutes in 60 games, playing on a line with Louis Leblanc (18th overall by Montreal in 2009). Before joining the USHL, he recorded 68 points (36-32--68) in 22 games with New Prague High School in 2007-08.
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You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk