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Nick Slowiak…After the Shock

Nick Slowiak…After the Shock

I guess I’ll start this off with saying that this is a first for me…I have never written a blog about paintball. I have often used it as a subject of many school papers and speeches. I’ll also admit that I am not very talented at writing things down that express my feelings, something I think Matty Marshall, Rich Telford, and Tim Montressor have done very very well in regards to paintball. Now comes the part of starting this piece.

I have been playing paintball for 14 years. I’m not going to get into the specifics of those years spent with this team or that, at this event here and there; all of the cliché’s have been used already for this story. All I will give you this time is a brief overview of some of my past, present and foreseeable future.

Ever since I became involved with tournament paintball the only team that I have ever wanted to play for was Chicago Aftershock. There were other teams I liked, Trauma, the Rock-it kids, Philly, and a few others but none like Shock. It may be that they were just the closest pro team to me, that they had the Chicago name, I love all Chicago based teams…only a little for the Sox, whatever it was I just wanted to play for them. All I ever heard was they were the best, meanest, craziest team out there and they played an hour away. To make this long story short, I got to the point where I made the team. It was one of the best feelings I have ever had…it also came with some of the worst as I had to quit a team that I had earned my first national win with.

Over my course of time with the team we have always been rebuilding, year after year, with no core. Two years ago we finally had a team with a good core only to lose Drew and then acquire Tim, Son, and Sam from Philly’s dismantling as well as Greg Siewers. Something that gave me great hope, but yet again, even after the best year the team has had, we lost more players. This season was especially tough with the 0-8 start and the loss of Jeremy Salm as a coach. The team rebounded at PSP New Jersey to be dismissed by a rule and then faltered at Cup. A few bright spots came from our run in the NPPL and in the end winning Vegas was the one thing I thought would keep the team together as a core for the 2012 season.

I guess I could not have been more wrong. In the departure of 3 of the team’s top core players, which to this day I still do not fully understand, I have been left bewildered as to what the future holds for myself and Shock…I have written and re-written a script for this blog 5-6 times, starting with how a PSP and NPPL season looked promising for next year, a blog full of excitement and  emotion from the team’s win at the end of the year in Vegas, to the a fully depressing tale of heartbreak and betrayal from teammates and friends.

In the end of all of this, which to this point I am not really sure as to how it all sounds, I have made the choice to not play with Chicago Aftershock this season. It has been, to this day, one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. I cannot thank Renick Miller, Jeremy Salm, and Robin enough for the opportunity they gave and have given me to play for the team I immortalized and got to play with. I will always consider Shock as my home and wish them the best of luck.

To all of the sponsors, especially Planet Eclipse who stepped in and helped the team out tremendously the last 3 years in ways I cannot grammatically type out. Ledz, Jacko, and Jack along with the entire PE family, I will miss you tremendously.

I would like to thank all of my fans and friends who have supported me and given me encouragement my entire paintball career, you are all inspiring and are a huge reason why I have been playing paintball. I will continue to play paintball in Europe for the first time with Empire Venice. As for the PSP and NPPL…I may not be playing, I may look for a team, I might just ref…I cannot say at this point but I just want to say thanks again to everyone.

Nick Slowiak

I'm Nick Slowiak, 25 years old. I play for Houston Heat and used to play for Chicago Aftershock. Born and raised in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Still working on finishing school. I also work for GI Sportz which is a sweet job that lets me play paintball. Love God, my family, and my girlfriend.

  • Christian Cifuentes
    January 23, 2012

    This is a depressing blog! its really sad that pb runs this way!

  • Christian Cifuentes
    January 23, 2012

    This is a depressing blog! its really sad that pb runs this way!

  • Cameron Stuber
    January 23, 2012

    One of my favorite players, wish only the best for you man in your future endeavors.

  • Jim Petersen
    January 23, 2012

    Good luck Nick…..give 'em hell no matter what!

  • Alex Zajac
    January 23, 2012

    Sad to see him go, loved watching him play for shock and in the CXBL. Good luck!

  • Billy Harbeson
    January 23, 2012

    Kept a real OG team from fading into history.

    • Jacob Haycraft
      March 13, 2012

      yes he did, hes a amazing guy

  • Kial Fell
    January 23, 2012

    Such a cool, modest dude… I hope we see more of him in the future.

  • Scott
    January 23, 2012

    Nick, best of luck to you and your future endeavors.

    If you won’t be playing PSP, I hope we’ll see you at least make some guest appearances for the webcasts. You and Mattys enthusiasm for the game makes a really good webcast.

  • Tony Fernandez
    January 23, 2012

    Sad to here Nick, I know you loved that team. Whatever you do your fans and friends will be there for you.

  • Zach McCuen
    January 23, 2012

    Holy shittt.
    Sad day for Shock. Good luck to Shock and Nick both in their future!

  • Kyle Miller
    January 24, 2012

    Damn it nick now who Is going to let me barrow a rotor at mwxl lol Good luck buddy!!!!!

  • John Mckeag
    January 24, 2012

    that sucks man 🙁 wish u the best of luck. hope to still see you around!

  • Justin Manson
    January 24, 2012

    Sucks to hear this! Hope everything works out wherever you end up. Also are you going to play with Windsor next season still?

  • Michael McKinley
    January 24, 2012

    Nick I wish you the best in Europe! Glad to have you at our park anytime… I feel you are a great ambassador for the sport…

  • Limarie Rivera
    January 25, 2012

    So sad you are leaving the team but you had your dream come true and played with your dream team. You’ll do great in Europe and hope you continue paintballing, it’s in your blod! God speed.

  • luke dunham
    February 2, 2012

    got to play with him in open play at paintball explosion he shot me in the face then gave me a tip also he reffed for me good luck to u wear ever u go

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