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New pro PSP paintball Team Houston Heat – Bio

February 7, 2012 by Cliff B. in PSP with 0 Comments

There is a new pro team for the 2012 PSP season on the block. Meet the new pro PSP paintball team, Houston Heat. Thanks to a PSP Events news release, you can read a quick bio on each of the team members and find out a little bit about them. Get ready to meet the new PSP pro paintball team, Houston Heat!

Nick Slowiak Houston Heat

Nick Slowiak
Home Town-Algonquin, IL
Age-26     Height-6’2    Weight-205
Personal Interests outside of paintball-Sleep, video games, hanging out with my lovely girlfriend, playing with my niece, and talking to Sarge on the phone
What is your pre tournament routine? -Making sure we have pods and paint,
Do you have a nick name and why? Dinosaur tail….ask Chad. Wolverine/Chops because i have a lot of facial hair
How did you get started in paintball? My dad took me when i was 12 and i have been hooked ever since
How did you make it to the Pro level? -lots of hard work, a lot of money, a lot of driving, and never wanting to give up
What tips or advice do you have for younger players trying to move up to Pro? Have faith in yourself and your abilities, dont give up, and ask pros for help
Greatest Paintball Moments-I’ll let you know after 2012 is done…check back later.
Tournaments accomplishments-I have finished first in every league/division except pro PSP.
Who was the player that you looked up to before turning Pro? -LB fow, Chris Lasoya, and Todd Martinez
What are you most excited about playing with Houston Heat in 2012? The ability to play with the players on the team that are both new and seasoned and the drive and capacity that this team holds to win and succeed.
How do you feel about the new brotherhood? -I didn’t know that show was aired 1`

Ryan Smith Houston Heat

Ryan Smith
Home Town-Houston, TX
Age-19    Height-6’1     Weight- 175
Personal Interests outside of paintball-Traveling, TV, Xbox, and an occasional workout
Music-country and alternative rock
Favorite Movie-Top Gun
What is your pre tournament routine? -Wake up early, shower, and strap up the boots
How did you get started in paintball? -went to a UPS team building paintball event with my dad when i was 10
How did you make it to the Pro level? 10,000 hour rule
What tips or advice do you have for younger players trying to move up to Pro-practice gun skills
Greatest Paintball Moments-making it to the pro level
Tournaments accomplishments-Winning World Cup D2, CXBL, and Vegas all in the same season
Who was the player that you looked up to before turning Pro? -Dave Bains
What are you most excited about playing with Houston Heat in 2012? -playing on the pro level and making a new band of brothers
Funniest paintball moment-Chad and Sarge in the pitts
How do you feel about the new brotherhood? -It’s going to be good

Konstantin Fedorov Houston Heat

Konstantin Fedorov
Home Town -Moscow, Russia
Age-26      Height-178cm      Weight-79kilograms
Personal Interests outside of paintball -snowboard, motorcycle, cooking
Music-hip-hop and house
Favorite Movie-Boondock Saints
What is your favorite all time paintball team? Philly All-Americans
What is your pre tournament routine? Listen to music
Do you have a nick name and why? kfed…philly guys used to call me that and its simple
How did you get started in paintball? In a camp when i was 16
How did you make it to the Pro level? Just by practicing with russian legion
What tips or advice do you have for younger players trying to move up to Pro?  Practice and start playing with pros to learn
Greatest Paintball Moments-Winning your first world cup in 2005
Tournaments accomplishments-Las Vegas 2005, 2011 Paris
What are you most excited about playing with Houston Heat in 2012?  Excited about everything and bringing together three different teams
Funniest paintball moment?  I ran the flag to the wrong side
How do you feel about the new brotherhood?  just excited

Sam Monville Houston Heat

Sam Monville
Home Town-Pittsburg, PA
Age-24     Height-5’7    Weight-140
Personal Interests outside of paintball-Turding and Cave Days.
Music-Anything but country
Favorite Movie-Pulp Fiction
What is your favorite all time paintball team-Philly Americans
Do you have a nick name and why? Sarge calls me Tin man because i am “heartless”
How did you get started in paintball-Just playing with friends from school
How did you make it to the Pro level-Played a lot and tried to be a sponge and soak in everything i could from the people around me.
What tips or advice do you have for younger players trying to move up to Pro? Work on your individual skills and do lots of drills and situationals, don’t always worry about 5 on 5′s.
Greatest Paintball Moments -Boop!
Tournaments accomplishments -08 PSP Phoenix D2, 09 PSP Phoenix Pro
Who was the player that you looked up to before turning Pro? Most of the old Nasty guys. Played at Paintball Adventure Park watching them and just always wanted to be a part of it.
What are you most excited about playing with Houston Heat in 2012? Its the start of a new organization and we get to create something out of nothing. No guidelines and we can make it what we want.
Funniest paintball moment- A lot of the ECK days were pretty humorous. But the great fireworks battle of ’06 at the hotel in MAO was one of my favorites.
How do you feel about the new brotherhood? I am pretty excited about it because i get to play with a new team and create a new chapter in my paintball career.

Jon "LJ" Woodley Houston Heat

Jon “LJ” Woodley
Home Town-East Setauket, NY
Age-21      Height-6’1      Weight-185
Personal Interests outside of paintball-snowboarding, surfing, and working out
Music- dubstep, rap, and rock
Favorite Movie- Rudy
What is your favorite all time paintball team?  Philly Americans
What is your pre tournament routine? Watch paintball videos
Do you have a nick name and why?  LJ used to be called little jon
How did you get started in paintball?  Just started going with friends and saw xball and wanted to get good
How did you make it to the Pro level?  A lot of practice against better teams and dedication to the sport
What tips or advice do you have for younger players trying to move up to Pro?  If you want it bad enough and work hard enough it will pay off in the end
Greatest Paintball Moments -everything, I wouldn’t trade any of the memories for the world
Tournaments accomplishments-Winning First in Vegas and beating Dynasty in game three
Who was the player that you looked up to before turning Pro? Konstantin Fedorov
What are you most excited about playing with Houston Heat in 2012?  Learning from the more experienced players and playing pro in PSP.
How do you feel about the new brotherhood? We are close already and I can’t wait for the 2012 season!

Ronnie Dizon Houston Heat

Ronnie Dizon
Home Town-Tinley Park, IL
Age-19      Height-5’6     Weight-120
Personal Interests outside of paintball-Concerts and working out
Favorite Music-electronic
Favorite Movie-Green Street Hooligans
What is your favorite all time paintball team-Dynasty
What is your pre tournament routine-I do heavy cardio the week before and eat very well.
Do you have a nick name and why? I have two…lion (from wizard of oz, because i had no courage and then i got some) and road runner
How did you get started in paintball?  I was in my back yard and my next door neighbor had bought a paintball gun, so he asked me to get one and ever since then i have had an interest in the
sport.
How did you make it to the Pro level? Practicing really hard against aftershock with team distortion. We would have days where we practiced non stop for 8 hours.
What tips or advice do you have for younger players trying to move up to Pro?  Work hard and do as many drills as you can. Work on gun skills and find your flaws and work on those.
Greatest Paintball Moments -Winning Vegas with Aftershock.
Tournament accomplishments-Winning PSP World Cup and CXBL in Florida last year. 1st in Vegas
Who was the player that you looked up to before turning Pro? Alex Goldman
What are you most excited about playing with Houston Heat in 2012?  To be able to compete at the pro level with new and old friends
Funniest paintball moment?  Chicago 2008, coaching Team Quality TTR in d3 with the Midwest Choir. If you were there you would know.
How do you feel about the new brotherhood?  I feel it’s gonna be a good gel of people, with most of us playing together in CXBL and practice as well as adding the 3 Russian players. Should be a
really good season, and I’m very excited to make our pro debut in PSP Galveston.

Mishka Kniazev Houston Heat

Mishka Kniazev
Home Town-Moscow, Russia
Age-29   Height-174 cm    Weight-85 Kilograms
Personal Interests outside of paintball-Motorcycles, snowboarding, fishing, hunting, biking
Music-rap
Favorite Movie-Cast Away
What is your favorite all time paintball team-Houston Heat
What is your pre tournament routine-sleep
Do you have a nick name and why-mischka
How did you get started in paintball-I started in 2000
How did you make it to the Pro level-Practiced a lot
What tips or advice do you have for younger players trying to move up to Pro-Stay alive
Greatest Paintball Moments-Winning World Cup
Tournaments accomplishments-First at World Cup 2006, 2009, 2010
Who was the player that you looked up to before turning Pro-Chris Laysoya
What are you most excited about playing with Houston Heat in 2012?-to play with a new team
How do you feel about the new brotherhood-It is like my second home

Chad "YAYA" Bouchez Houston Heat

Chad “YAYA” Bouchez Home Town-Peoria, IL
Age-25     Height-5’7     Weight-175
Personal Interests outside of paintball-Gambling, eating food, and watching Entourage. Going to the Alaskan Cave
Music-I like the kind of music I can move my butt to.
Favorite Movie- Goonies, Sandlott,
What is your pre tournament routine?  I lace up my nikes, I drink 7 cups of coffee, and I clip my toe nails.
Do you have a nick name and why?  YAYA because i look like the kid from the sandlot and Tum Tum because i am a fat kid at heart. Beefcakes- because the clown in New York is a moron. Chazzzzzz- because I am boyfriend Chad. Baby Dinosaur tail-yea…don’t ask
How did you get started in paintball?  I came out of the womb shooting!
How did you make it to the Pro level? I brown nosed the coach enough to get on the team
What tips or advice do you have for younger players trying to move up to Pro?  It’s just a ball of paint, so don’t be afraid of a ball of paint.
Who was the player that you looked up to before turning Pro?  Nick Matthews, because he took me in as a young kid and he didn’t have much, but he gave me what I needed to become better
What are you most excited about playing with Houston Heat in 2012?  Being apart of a team that I consider my family.
Funniest paintball moment?  Me, Wild man, China Man, and the Jew winning in New York….and then at our victory dinner my legs cramped up so bad that i couldn’t even walk out of the restaurant
How do you feel about the new brotherhood?  I would like world peace.

Sergei Solnishkov Houston Heat

Sergei Solnishkov

Home Town-Moscow, Russia

Age 25      Height 187     Weight 93
Personal Interests outside of paintball-Motorcycles, snowboarding,
Music -Rap ,trance ,house, dap step,
Favorite Movie? Californiacations
What is your favorite all time paintball team-Houston Heat
What is your pre tournament routine-read books
Do you have a nick name and why-sunshine
How did you get started in paintball-2005
How did you make it to the Pro level? practice a lot
What tips or advice do you have for younger players trying to move up to Pro? stay alive and practice
Greatest Paintball Moments-Winning world cup
Tournaments accomplishments-Winning World cup in  2009, 2010
Who was the player that you looked up to before turning Pro? Mishka, Fedorov ,Maloy
What are you most excited about playing with Houston Heat in 2012? -to have the chance to play with a new team
How do you feel about the new brotherhood? -perfect, it is like my second home.

So there you have it. There is a bio for each team member. I take no credit for the bio work. PSP Events went through the work to get the bio on each of these team member and a huge thanks goes out to them for doing so. It’s interesting stuff indeed. Congratulations to Houston Heat as a team and to each team member on making it to the pro level. It is a huge accomplishment in anyone’s paintball career and these guys have done it. Good luck in the 2012 PSP tournament season Houston Heat!

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