Ethan Koval Signing His Contract
Another 2019-20 Dells Ducks player is returning to the rooster and looking
to help the turnaround beginning this fall.
Ethan Koval, an '02 from Gurnee, Ill. will be back in town looking to take
the next step in his development as a junior player having scored his first
junior goal last season and picking up 36-games of experience.
Well aware of the team's record from the previous season, Koval wants to
finish the job with the team and win or lose, he enjoys playing in the USPHL
Premier Midwest-West Division.
"The Ducks play in one of the hardest divisions in the USPHL," said Koval in
a team questionnaire. "The Ducks are known to be one of the hardest working
teams on the ice that grinds for everything and I'm passionate about being a
part of a hardworking team."
A strong skater with good vision, it's a guarantee Koval will be more
involved in the offense this season and his solid work ethic but mostly
clean play make him a great leader by example for the newest Ducks rookies.
Koval said he counts all of his coaches as his best influences. "I've taken
something from all of them and applied the learning to my game. They are
what make me the player I am today."
The young forward filed away a lot from a tough, but educational season and
he said his goals for the upcoming year are "To continue to learn and
contribute to the overall success," of the Ducks and hopefully to enjoy a
few more weekends in the post season.
"I remember our playoff games against the Havoc and how much more intense
they were as compared to the regular season."
Number 20 should be the on the game sheets more often this season and
Koval’s presence on the ice will be more daunting for Ducks' opposition.
Welcome back Ethan!
More to come as we get closer to the season.
Written by: Jim DenHollander
Part of the Ducks’ identity through most of its first nine seasons was standout goaltending. Starting with names like Rowe, Sellie-Hanson and O’Leary and continuing with Meadows, Aeschlimann, Young, Anzevino and Norrman among others, the Ducks have always had the big-time stoppers.
Another name preparing to join that list, having already carved out an awesome reputation in Texas is Anthony Falzone.
The puck stopper, originally from the Chicago area moved with his family to the Dallas area where his father – now Ducks Head Coach and Owner – Shaun Falzone moved for coaching and training opportunities.
Still young (’03), the goalie is fulfilling a childhood ambition by donning the Ducks’ jersey, watching his father behind the bench in the team’s first season 2011-12.
“I have always wanted to be a Duck since they started 10 years ago,” said Falzone in a team questionnaire.
As a goaltender, Falzone has a strong reputation for being cool under pressure and counts his ability to come up with the disc in a scrum situation as one of his top talents. Comfortable outside the blue paint and a good puck handler, Falzone said “I am very skilled at playing the puck and making plays while behind the goal line or even above the circle if needed.”
Falzone realizes he needs to watch and learn out of the gate, but has lofty goals including being the goaltender the team is counting on in the big games late in the season.
Falzone counts his father and mother as his greatest influences and of course Shaun Falzone has had a ringside seat to his son’s progress.
“I've worked with Anthony over the years from peewee and up to now. His skill set has superseded his present level of play. His vision over the years has greatly improved and has been able to break down developing play to make his save selection much better and quicker” said the goalie coach Guevara when introducing Falzone. He continues to describe Falzone’s character on and off the ice “Anthony is a great team leader on and off the ice and has a very well-balanced head on his shoulders. I will say, it will be great working with him for the 20/21 season”.
The young netminder loves to get his team to the finish line and counts penalty kill as his favorite situations as that is likely when a team counts on the goaltender more than any other.
Written by: Jim DenHollander
JD Miller Signing his Contract
Jackson “JD” Miller is the latest addition to the growing flock. “JD stands 6’4” tall and shoots right-handed from the blue line with all of his 225lbs force behind him” is how coach Falzone introduces his latest addition to the growing roster for the Duck’s upcoming season. “He is ready for juniors, especially to be able to use his size in his advantage. He is a big hitter, who does know how to use his size. He has not played for me yet, but we have been training him for the last two years, to prepare him for juniors.” coach adds to his introduction of JD.
A native of Kennedale, TX, JD is a ’02 but we don’t see any issue of him fitting right in with the team and the league. “To better myself, score some goals and be an asset to the team” said JD when asked what his goals were for the upcoming season. This is the first time that JD will be moving away from family and friends and he is actually looking forward to the billeting experience. Of course, Dallas Stars is his favorite team and he plays as fast and physical as his favorite player on the Stars, Radulov.
Please take the moment to welcome our newest Duck to the flock, Jackson “JD” Miller! More in-depth interviews will come closer to the season start.
Written by: Jim DenHollander
John Urgo Signing His Returning Player Contract
Ducks GM and Head Coach Shaun Falzone announced today the signing and return of the Defensemen John Urgo. “Amongst all the new faces on the Dells Ducks in the fall, the fans will be happy to see the familiar face of John Urgo” coach added when announcing the signing.
A rookie himself this past season, the ‘02 Chicago native made his presence felt as a defensive defenseman but he is hoping to become a little more of a threat at the opposite end as well this season saying his key goal heading into the season is to become more of an offensive threat. Urgo’s experience will be a big asset as the 6’0,” 180 lbs. defender thrives in the toughest situations.
“I love penalty kill and I love being on the ice in the last minute to help the goalie get his shutout,” said Urgo. Offensively, the numbers will almost certainly go up for Urgo as his role and presence built over the course of the season and he was ultimately rewarded as the team’s ‘Unsung Hero.’
Urgo enjoyed playing in Wisconsin Dells and the billet experience and he is excited to get back into what he called a tightknit community, this time as an experienced leader of a new group of young players. With his sights set on making the Ducks a team to be reckoned with, he is eager to turn around the fortunes and help bring the Ducks back to its former glory once again.
Please give a big welcome back to John Urgo.
More in-depth interviews will follow closer to season start.
Written By: Jim DenHollander
Liam Donovan Signing His Contract
March 28, 2020 – Prosper, TX
Shaun Falzone was announced as one of the new owners and head coach of the Dells Ducks. Without wasting any time, coach Falzone released his first signing for the upcoming season, 2020 / 2021.
Liam Donovan, ’03, originally from Commack, N.Y, has called Dallas area home for last few years, has singed to join the Dells Ducks for the upcoming season. The 5’8” Power Forward is coming off of a season with Texas Warriors 16UAA team, where he put up 52 points (25G and 27A). Coach Falzone was one of his coaches and had this to say about Liam; “I enjoyed coaching him [Liam] this past season. He was a player we could count on. He could score, play on the power play and he was a great penalty killer.”
We asked Liam a few questions to get to know him better.
Describe your on-ice strengths: “My biggest strengths is my speed and my playmaking abilities.”
What is your favorite NHL team: NY Rangers
What are your favorite pre / post-game meal: Chipotle
Do you have a pregame routine: My dad tapes my stick, that’s obviously is going to change now.
Please welcome our newest Duck to the flock. We will have more in-depth interview closer to the start of the season.
Written by: Jim DenHollander
Come out and support this important cause and cheer on your home town Dells Ducks Junior Hockey Team
The Dell's Ducks Annual Food Drive Weekend takes place this Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd at 7 pm, as they face off in a two game tilt against their Division rival Hudson Havoc.
This year the Dells Ducks Junior Hockey Team and the Wisconsin Dells Food Pantry are partnering up to help feed Families in need during the holiday season.
The team's goal is to surpass last years record donation of more than 1100 pounds of food donated to children, the elderly, and economically disadvantaged families who would otherwise go hungry during the holidays.
One in Nine Wisconsin Families either go hungry or ration what they eat as hard choices must be made during the cold months. The Dells Ducks are doing their part to help these families in need.
As part of the Ducks commitment to community, players will be volunteering during various times at the Wisconsin Dells Food Pantry. They will take part in stocking of the food items as well as delivery to area homes.
Please support this cause by attending this weekends charity event and bring along at least one non-perishable food item and receive a dollar off admission.
You can expect an exciting evening of speed, checking, and scoring when these two division rivals face off against each other.
The Dells Ducks Junior Hockey Team plays all home games at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena, 112 Miller Drive Lake Delton WI
Defencemen Beckett Patten #5 & Jacob Bevins #19 are joined by forward Nolan Echols #11 in celebrating Alec Scarsella's goal
The Ducks traveled to the Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine Minnesota for the USPHL MIAC 3 day, 3 game College Showcase weekend.
The team showed discipline and maturity in their commanding victory over the Chicago Cougars, and were very competitive in two close contests on days one and two.
Early in Game 2, the team found themselves short defensively as team captain Austin Phillips left the game due to injury. The team continued to play solid hockey, but the loss of "Philly" along with some untimely penalties, proved too much to overcome as they lost to the Minnesota Blue Ox.
After feeling the sting of defeat less than 24 hours before,the Ducks very talented squad put all the pieces together and took Division rival the Chicago Cougars to task, out skating, and most importantly, out scoring them to a 3-1 final.
The MIAC Showcase is a unique venture bringing together USPHL Premier talent with top Division 3 Schools. The MIAC consists of the best NCAA Division 3 schools throughout Minnesota and is annually one of the top conferences in Division 3 college hockey.
The Ducks finished the Tournament 1-2
Head Coach Jeff Worlton
A message from the Dells Ducks and John Schwarz, Team President.
It is with great support that I announce that Head Coach Bill Zaniboni will be taking on a Head Coaching job out East, where he was born and where his family lives. The Dells Ducks are so thankful and proud of all the accomplishments that Bill Zaniboni has bestowed upon us. Bill has had opportunities at the Tier II and Tier I levels in the past and chose to Captain our ship but this chance for him and his family is another great option that has come his way and we are very happy for the Zaniboni family.
As Team President, I can tell you how sorely missed he will be. Everyday was magic with Bill Zaniboni and I consider him to be a family member. When I received the phone call from Coach, I was actually speechless because you can never prepare to lose someone that you are so close too. The Dells Ducks organization is so blessed to have Coach work tirelessly for us and create the thousands of memories. Coach Zaniboni's accomplishments the past 5 years are second to none and nobody will be able to accomplish as much as he has in such a short period of time.
The Dells Ducks are one big family forever and Coach Bill will always be part of the family and Im still numb by this but talk to Coach on a daily basis. No matter where Coach is, or will be, he has been accessible to all past player helping them, players that didnt even play for him and helping them, and to the Dells Ducks and making sure the Ducks family stays as strong as ever.
The greatest honor of being President of the Ducks is being able to learn from great people and Coach Bill is certainly the greatest !!!
Today, we have also announced Coach Bills successor and please click this link: https://thejuniorhockeynews.com/dells-ducks-bring-in-new-head-coach-while-maintaining-same-standards-of-excellence/
More news to follow and Coach Worlton is friends with Coach Zaniboni and The Dells Ducks are very proud of both of these gentlemen and the future.