Athlete of the Week: Minnechaug’s Dominic Falvo
“I go out on the ice talking and communicating and letting each other know what to do. It just helps game-time,” Falvo said, “This is my game, I take it serious. I don’t really play any other sports but hockey. This is mostly my game and I take it serious.”
If you put that much pride in your game, it is important to lead others. Falvo believes it all starts and ends with being vocal, something that has become a strong point in his personality.
“I know some guys don’t have the best relationships in hockey. Say if you’re working on a power play and you can’t communicate, you can’t get that far without talking to each other,” Falvo said, “Just being able to talk to each other one-on-on helps.”
“Off the ice, he became a better kid. I think he became nicer, got a lot bigger working out in the gym but that’s pretty much it,” teammate Anthony Piteo joked.
As a close friend like Piteo is, you’re allowed to hypothesize as to how your buddies have changed over the years. All jokes aside, the sophomore views Falvo’s growth as one of the main reasons that 6-2 Minnechaug has found themselves as the talk of Western Mass.
“It’s so much easier knowing where he is when we’re talking to each other. It’s easier than looking over your shoulder every two minutes trying to find him. You know where he is because he’s always talking out there.”
The focus now turns to taking that confidence and leaving it on the ice on a day-in, day-out basis. It is something Falvo believes is being done for the Falcons.
“A lot of it has to do with our coaches and our coaching staff. We come out to practice ready to work everyday. We execute in practice and execute on the ice,” Falvo said, “We’re a threat this year so look out for Minnechaug hockey because we’re the real deal this year.”
Sometimes it takes a little going out of your comfort zone to succeed. It certainly seems that comfort is being well-received.