By Jim den Hollander
Ducks moved into the middle of its first week and camp on Wednesday (Aug. 25) with some more dryland workouts, a team activity and a bit of social time.
Head Coach Shaun Falzone and assistant Mario Lachica put the team through the paces Wednesday morning with a tough workout before sending the team to yoga once again, allowing them to work on their aches and pains a bit.
After a softball game in the afternoon, team members once again assisted Lake Delton Ice Arena owner Aaron Kirby with the first floods of the season as the floor has frozen in the arena and ice making is underway.
By the time players headed to a pool party at the Staybridge Hotel, a Ducks’ sponsor, there was a nice layer of ice on the floor. Coach Lachica said in his interview today the team is planning to spend 24-hours in the rink on Saturday in both a bonding event and a chance to put finishing touches on the ice surface, likely including line and logo painting.
Now 23 days from the opening game of the USPHL Premier Midwest-West regular season, things are coming together nicely for the Ducks.
Happy Birthday Svyatoslav Kuchinsky
A late season addition in 2017 from the Kenai River Brown Bears, Svyatoslav Kuchinsky fit in nicely on the Dells Ducks roster, scoring three goals and collecting eight points in nine regular season games and adding another five points in six playoff encounters.
Kuchinsky’s visit to Tier 3 was a brief one. He headed back to the NAHL the following season with the Austin Bruins before a midseason trade sent him east to the Northeast Generals for the next season and a half .
Kuchinsky currently is enrolled at Endicott College, near Boston. In his first two seasons there, he has played 28 games, contributing six goals and 17 points.
Happy Birthday Kuch!