Congratulations to Joe Duszak on his commitment to Mercyhurst University!
Duszak, a 97-birthyear from Franklin Square, NY, has emerged as one of the top offensive-minded defensemen in the USPHL over the last year. After starting last season with the 18U club, he was quickly moved to Premier and showed that his elite talent translated to a high level of junior hockey. This season, Duszak has posted 5 goals and 15 assists through 27 games in the Premier league.
“I really love the coaching staff, they're great guys” Duszak said of the group at Mercyhurst, “The school is beautiful and the academics are there too. Mercyhurst develops pro players, and that's the main reason I chose the school.”
Head Coach Ed Galiani said that “Joe has become a top player in our league despite his age. He sees the ice and creates offense with his vision and high skill set. He's a great kid and great teammate.”
Duszak will be joining three of his current Junior Islanders teammates at Mercyhurst: Tommaso Bucci, James Anderson, and Chris Makowski.
“I'm very excited to join my other teammates at Mercyhurst. The four of us are very close and best friends on and off the ice. I can't wait.”
When asked how the PAL organization has helped him develop over the years, Duszak pointed to the coaching staff.
“Marshall, Galiani, and Dubeau always believed in me and gave me a shot to play. They would go to bat for me any day and against anyone. Besides my family, they're the ones I would thank the most for my success.”
Mercyhurst, a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association, is a program on the rise that has continued to push more players into professional hockey every year, and the PAL staff believes that Duszak can be another name that makes it to the next level.
“His window of development is wide open,” Galiani said, “We expect to see Joey continue to get better and better to become a very successful college player with unlimited potential.”