During a time of uncertainty around the Los Angeles Ironmen organization, Team Captain Nick Slowiak has reiterated to Iconic Paintball, his commitment to being apart of a winning program in Los Angeles in the upcoming season. Nick will be a critical piece in the upcoming rebuild process for Los Angeles, and his talent and charisma will play a large part in attracting more players to the Ironmen this season.
Talking with Nick.
Los Angeles has recently seen the departure of some of their top athletes such as Payton Tabada, John Jackson, LJ Parrish, and Ceelos Cortez; but through this chaos the pillar of their pro organization still stands firm. Nick Slowiak, one of the top defensive players in the National Xball League commented on his commitment to the LA roster;
"I have committed to play for the Ironmen in 2022. I am here because I believe in the organization and the backing of Dye. This team was robbed of what could have been, arguably, it's best year ever in 2020. Some people got greedy, some people had to step away due to life. It's all understandable and I don't hold any grudges. I'm just not so quick to quit when I look ahead to what can be. It's hard, it's not easy, and there will be times when you're going to want to quit, but winners are not people who fail, but those who don't quit."
In regards to the 2022 roster, there has also been some confusion on the direction the team will take. As a large portion of top talent is quickly being signed, Nick believes they will still be able to build a strong roster and be competitive in the upcoming season and also commented on what it means to be a leader on the Ironmen;
"I would question my leadership. I for one can do better, I have to do better. This will be one of the hardest things the organization has ever had to deal with. An almost incomprehensible exodus of players from the team. With that though brings opportunity, it brings a chance for someone to earn their Shield and prove themselves. I don't believe the organization has to do much in terms of strategy.
What worked for us at the start of 2020 was everyone on the team wanted to be there. That's where we will start. You have to want to be part of a team, be a team player. After that it will be teaching and enforcing the Ironmen mentality. I have been blown away by the interest of others to come and try to be apart of this team and it gives me hope. There are quite a few very talented players out there. I look forward to seeing them next weekend."
With so much uncertainty around the Ironmen, one thing is clear, they are led by a resolute, talented, and dedicated player in Nick Slowiak. With Nick helping to build the next great Ironmen roster, we should see them once again rise to the top with hard work.
Keep an eye out for Nick's newest custom barrel tips coming soon, as well as an exclusive run of retro Dye jerseys and colorways.