A Look At: St. Catharines Falcons’ Nicholas Dozzi – by C. Scott Holland
One of the most talented players in the Golden Horseshoe is Stoney Creek native Nicholas Dozzi who suits up for the St. Catharines Falcons.
The 20 year-old centreman and right winger is in his second season with the club and has shown improvement over his rookie year with more goals, assists and points and just one powerplay goal shy of matching his high of eight last season.
When he’s not busy immersing himself in his Brock University kinesiology studies, he spends his time working out.
Nicholas has learned to juggle his school and hockey and stated, “I’m taking morning classes or have classes on days I’m off from hockey.”
HIs NHL role model is Sidney Crosby. “He’s a talented player with a great work ethic both on and off the ice,” Dozzi said.
Of all the arenas the Falcons visit, he loves playing at Caledonia because “the ice is always good and it’s an NHL size ice surface,” but dislikes Welland’s rink where, “the ice is always horrible.”
There is only one career highlight for the 5’11” forward – “Playing in the QMJHL,” he said.
There’s several assets he feels he has which help the Falcons. “My work ethic, dedication and commitment,” he replied and added, “But I know I need to improve my speed and strength.”
Despite the fact that he could work on those attributes, he has had quite a career averaging 86 points in 88 games, not a bad pace for the team’s top scorer (23 g., 25 a. 7 ppg and 4 gwg) this season.
Looking ahead to the future, he stated, “I want to finish school, begin working and maybe coach a minor hockey team.”
Having such a great attitude and skills, Nicholas is bound to be a coach who will teach the game to many future GOJHL players.
The GOJHL and the Falcons wish him all the best in all his endeavors and success will surely follow in his path.
(photo credit – Welland Junior Canadians goaltender Chris Janzen makes a pad save on St. Catharines Falcons forward Nicholas Dozzi in junior B hockey Sunday night at Welland Arena. BERND FRANKE/Welland Tribune)