Ahhhhhhhh, finally back to blogging! There's not a better way to keep Wings Nation informed about the latest happenings. First, I'd like to fill you in on our bloggers -
Gump will be blogging about the house leagues and will be providing everyone with the latest Gumpany awards. He has very entertaining writing skills and always has fun stuff to read.
Steve Wright will give you a little of this and a little of that. Steve is involved in the travel circuit, as well as the house leagues so he just let's it fly!
Bryan Feiler is our newest blogger. He heads the UB roller hockey operation and will be providing recaps and previews for UB's Division 1 team and also UB's B team.
We will also be adding a few along the way. We are currently looking to add a Learn to Play Blogger. We'll keep ya posted.
So many things have happened since the last set of blogs. The Pro team has been out of action up until 3 weeks ago. It was a long, long year and I felt that we needed the break. I kept receiving text messages from my players asking when we are starting back up. I just didn't have an answer. I wanted to, but kept putting it off. Then I received a phone call from Nabeel over at Revision Hockey in mid-December. He said Revision Hockey had a meeting and decided they want us to represent them in 2010 as the lone Revision Pro squad. That was all the motivation I needed to get back to business.
Revision Hockey flew Koz, Walser and myself out to Huntington Beach for a photo shoot. The shoot was for the 2010 Revision Catalog! This was bigger than the trip itself. We are representing (poster boys) a fast growing company in 2010! Every Pro shop that stocks Revision products will have Wings players with there Wings jerseys on posters and throughout the catalog! I couldn't be happier. Things like this definitely show we're heading in the right direction. I've seen some samples of the catalog and they look awesome! We should have some hard copies in the next week!
We started practicing again a few weeks ago. We're taking off, tomorrow for Torhs WinterNationals at the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse in Detroit, Mi. We've gone over a lot of information and put in plenty of reps the past weeks, and I think we are ready to go. The lineup is very tough, as we face off against Pama, Tour Mudcats, Detroit Stars, and Detroit Revolution in the round robin. The Champion receives a check for $7500.00. I, personally, could care less about the money. I want the title of Champion!
Our lineup is a little different than the past couple of years. It is as follows :
Tyler Walser, Russel Folga, Richard Nawojski, Joe Malinowski, Alex Durinka, Kyle Kozlowski, Shawn Golden, and Richard LaTona who all played for me last year. In addition, we have added long time Wingers Kyle Baumgardner, and Nicholas Guagenti. These two have been gone for a year but look to come back with a vengeance. Bryan Dudziak has also been added to the roster. Bryan played for me from 06-08. He is back and ready to go! Lastly, rookie phenom Chris Kendal has been added to the roster. Chris is still a midget but has just as much skill as anyone. I think he is ready to step it up.
Each player on this team knows what is expected of them. I do believe, we are extremely ready, mentally and physically. Execution will be huge in this tournament, always is! I look forward to the challenge. We are also bringing down 2 adult teams for the tournament. One team captained by Jeff McGavis and the other coached by John Brown. Should be a great weekend! We'll keep scores updated on the front page of the site!
Excitedly Signing Off -
About the Author
As the driving force behind the Buffalo Wings, Eric's leadership, attention to detail, and dedication to the sport of Roller Hockey have helped to increase interest and enrollment, as well as creating a positive environment within the organization. "I want everyone to have a competitive, friendly, and fun place to play hockey."