Players:

2   – Chad Bouchez
57 – Chad George
66 – Sam Monville
77 – Mishka Kniazev
85 – Ryan Moorhead
88 – Konstantin Fedorov
04 – Ronnie Dizon
0 – Nico Hyde
34 – Devon Stuart

Coach:

Ryan Smith


Ryan Smith – Coach

Age: 26
Current Hometown: Montgomery, TX

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

10

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

13 and 15

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

Actually my most memorable win was a trifecta in 2011. It started with D-2 PSP World Cup with Distortion and at the same event we won the CXBL Richmond Cup as Windsor Lockdown, then 6 weeks later we won Las Vegas NPPL Championship as Chicago Aftershock.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

Cape Town, Prague, Greece, Frankfurt, Barcelona

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

Travel is a teacher of “life lessons”. The more you travel, the more you learn about yourself, others and the world that we all live in. I have learned to truly respect other cultures, environments, and people.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

My advice for playing paintball at the professional level is “OWNERSHIP”. If you want more detail on this topic – message me on facebook.

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Sam Monville

Age: 31
Current Hometown: Greensburg, PA

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

12

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

15 and 17

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

Easily 2012 World Cup with Houston Heat. I had played in the Finals at World Cup for three previous seasons and had always finished in second place. So, to finally win first place was a huge weight lifted off of my mind.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

Thailand has been my favorite. Ireland, Langkawi, Pamplona, and Barcelona rank right up there.

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

Live your life for you.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

Be honest. When you lie to yourself about your skills and/or your mistakes you won’t become a better player. Focus on bettering yourself before worrying about other people’s mistakes.

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Chad Bouchez

Age: 32
Current Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

12

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

13 and 15

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

2012 PSP Phoenix was my first “pro” win – so it will forever and always be memorable.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

Prague, Frankfurt, Southern California, Spain, Paris

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

Loyalty is key.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

Hesitation does not win tournaments.

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Ronnie Dizon

Age: 26
Current Hometown: Chicago, IL

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

12

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

14 and 16

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

I think the most memorable win was when I played with Chicago Aftershock in 2011 for my 1st ever Professional Paintball tournament. Nothing beats that event due to the pure fact that it was truly something unbelievable until this day and was the jumpstart to my professional career. On top of that, to beat my life long idols on San Diego Dynasty under the lights in Las Vegas was a dream come true. Honorable mentions are winning NXL Dallas 2018, getting the overall MVP of the event, and winning the NXL World Cup 2018, because that was the first event my parents traveled to come watch aside from Chicago Open/local events, the first time I played in a PRO World Cup final, and so much more.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

France, Thailand, Barcelona, Sydney, Prague

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

Being uncomfortable forces you to grow, and don’t be afraid to love and be yourself.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

Learn to win as much as you can at a lower level, and don’t skip any steps. Work hard, and work smart. An extreme goal takes extreme patience and persistence.

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Nico Hyde

Age: 26
Current Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

12

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

First local 15, first national 17

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

NXL Dallas 2018. Being voted Pro-Finals MVP and winning my home state event with my family and friends there was on of the most memorable paintball experiences I’ve ever had.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

My favorite paintball trips have been to Amsterdam, Prague, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Idaho!

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

Communication, honesty, and teamwork are some of the most powerful lessons I have gained from paintball.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

My advice would be to find a group of individuals who share the same level of motivation and drive as you and to have as much fun while playing paintball as possible! Then see where it takes you from there!

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Chad George

Age: 29
Current Hometown: Greensburg, PA

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

13

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

14 and 15

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

My most memorable win was World Cup 2012, which was the first year of Houston Heat’s existence. World Cup is the most prestigious tournament to win and it’s my only World Cup win to date.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

Thessaloniki, Greece, Barcelona, Spain, Cairo, Egypt , Bali, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

I’ve learned so many things throughout my paintball career. But, one of the greatest life lessons that paintball has taught me is how to mesh and gel with so many different personalities.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

My advice to players looking to make it to the pro level would be to never shy away from better competition. You will only get better playing against players that challenge your game in every way.

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Mishka Kniazev

Age: 36
Current Hometown: Moscow, Russia

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

The first time I shot from a marker in 1995

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

19

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

First NXL World Cup win in Florida in 2006.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

France, Spain, Germany, United States, Finland, Portugal , Praha, Ecuador, Malaysia ,China ,Hawaii, Amsterdam

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

every athlete, when he goes in for professional sports, must understand: what he is sacrificing at the moment, why he does it and what it will give him.

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Ryan Moorhead

Age: 33
Current Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

12

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

12 and 15

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

All wins are memorable because they’re huge accomplishments that have their own unique challenges that must be overcome. With that said winning the 2018 World Cup and series championship in one fail swoop reigns supreme on my list of most memorable. To be a part of such an amazing organization surrounded by loved ones as we fought together to once again become the #1 team in the world is pretty hard to beat.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

Honestly, I’ve been extremely blessed to enjoy so many unique places that I could never pick just five. With that said the following, in no particular order, are a select few of my favorites for various reasons.

Stavanger, Norway, Cairns, Australia, Tokyo, Japan, Thessaloniki, Greece and Prague, Czech Republic

I love traveling and experiencing new cultures and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the opportunities playing paintball has afforded me.

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

Follow your dreams and believe in yourself. Don’t let other people dictate your life; it’s yours and yours alone to live.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

Becoming a professional athlete is no easy task in any sport. It’s not only effort but also an innate talent that some people are born with that’s needed to compete at the highest level. With that said, as cliché’ as it sounds, hard work and dedication is the only way to reach your peak performance. Sometimes someone’s best might not be good enough to play professionally, but they’ll never know unless they are willing to make the sacrifices to find out, and if they do that honestly and still don’t make it, they should feel pride not regret.

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Konstantin Fedorov

Age: 33
Current Hometown: Moscow, Russia

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

14

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

15 and 16

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

It was World Cup 2006 with Russian Legion because it was the first big win ever for me.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

Stadium of Camp Nou, Barcelona, The Grand Canyon, Venezuela, Peru, Kuala Lumpur

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

Fight with yourself and help people if they need it.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

Always learn and move forward.

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Devon Stuart

Age: 26
Current Hometown: Houston, TX

How old were you the first time you shot a paintball marker?

13

How old were you when you first competed on a local/regional level and how old were you at your first national event?

14 and 16

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

2018 NXL World Cup. Winning World Cup and the Series Title is something only a handful of players can say they’ve accomplished.

Playing paintball internationally, as well as nationally, gives you the opportunity to visit many places – tell us your top 5 favorite cities/countries/places that you have visited during your paintball travels.

Dublin, Brussels, Prague, Guadalajara, Seattle

What’s the greatest life lesson you have learned through your paintball experience?

You get out what you put in.

What’s your advice to those that want to play at a “professional” level?

Don’t be afraid to try something you’re unsure will work and look at every mistake as a learning experience.

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