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One Team, One Family, One Point at a Time

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Houston Heat is here to bring you the ultimate in professional paintball. Our goal is to give our best as a paintball team and deliver an exciting experience to our fans as the most exciting Houston spectator sport. Read on to learn more about each member of the team.

 

Players:

00 – Ryan Smith
2   – Chad Bouchez
14 – Greg Siewers
23 – Sergey Solnyshkov
57 – Chad George
77 – Mishka Kniazev
85 – Ryan Moorhead
88 – Konstantin Fedorov

Coach:

Sam Monville


monville-bioSam Monville – Coach

Age: 28
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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smith-bioRyan Smith

Age: 23
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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Bouchez-bioChad Bouchez

Age: 29
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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greg-bioGreg Siewers

Age: 25
Current Hometown: Sacramento, CA

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

9

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

12 (my first tournament ever was Skyball – for those that remember)

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

My most memorable win has to be with Infamous at the 2012 NPPL Chicago. It was my first win EVER in the U.S. and we won in 3 vs. 3 in overtime. The crowd went crazy!

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.

Sydney, Australia, Pamplona, Spain, Cairo, Egypt, Langkawi, Malaysia, Bangkok, Thailand

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

Learning to deal with people! Everyone in paintball comes from so many different cultures and backgrounds. When you play in so many different places and with so many different people, you learn to adapt and work with everyone!

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

You have to be willing to take a leap of faith. If it were a straight path from starting to play to reaching the pro level, there would be more pro teams! You have to be willing to take chances and do whatever it takes to play with and against the best.

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Solnishkov-bioSergey Solnyshkov

Age: 29
Current Hometown: Moscow, Russia

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

18

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

19 and 20

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

It was 2012 World Cup in Florida with Houston Heat, our rookie season as a team and so great to be the champions.

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.

United States, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Vienna, Austria

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

I have been taught many lessons throughout my paintball career, however the one that stands out to me the most is “always take care of and love your family” whether it is paintball family, real family or anyone that I consider family.

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

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE because there is a big difference from “semi-pro” to “pro” division. You must spend many hours shooting your marker.

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Chad George

Age: 26
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-bioMishka Kniazev

Age: 34
Current Hometown: Moscow, Russia

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?

16 and 17

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

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

Hard work pays off.

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

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE and then practice some more.

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moorhead-bioRyan Moorhead

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?

12 and 15

Tell us about your “most memorable” win.

My most memorable win was probably 2006 PSP Texas with the Philadelphia Americans. It meant a lot to me because it was the first time since the original NXL’s inception that the pro division expanded and everyone on the outside expected Dynasty to win. But on Sunday we defeated them, the Russian Legion, and the defending World Cup champs, Trauma, for the win. On top of that the event was played in very unseasonable freezing cold temperatures and the prize check was for $45,000 all of which added to the experience.

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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fedorov-bioKonstantin Fedorov

Age: 31
Current Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine

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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