INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Dziurzynski brothers proved to be a meaningful addition to the Kansas City Mavericks team this year. Coming from Lloydminster, Alberta, this pair brought chemistry and brotherly camaraderie that helped not only bring seniority to the team, but leadership assistance as well.
David Dziurzynski suited up for the Mavs in 62 games this year before facing a season-ending injury that took him off the ice for the playoffs. Darian, on the other hand, played in 69 regular season games as well as all seven playoff games.
The older 29-year-old David has his share of experience in the world of hockey. He made his way into professional hockey during the 2010 season, where he ended up playing three consecutive years for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators. He stayed near the 20-point range in those three years, reaching a high of 28 points in his second year. NHL scouts took notice, as David got his big shot for the Ottawa Senators in the 2012-13 season. He played 12 games, registering two goals and 13 penalty minutes with a minus-one rating. He scored his first NHL goal on February 16, 2013, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. David was undrafted, but held a contract under the Ottawa Senators for six seasons.
David returned to Binghamton for another three seasons and was given his last chance in the NHL in the 2015-16 season against for Ottawa. During that season, he played 14 games, coming up with one goal and three assists for a total four points. In the 2017-18 season, he bounced between three teams, including the Florida Everblades for 19 games. He also played a few games for two different AHL teams: 27 for the Utica Comets, and nine for the Belleville Senators. For the Mavericks this season, David registered 18 goals and 30 assists for a total 48 points. He spent 96 minutes in the box, and finished the season off with a minus-nine rating. In his hockey career, he has played for six different leagues including the AJHL, BCHL, AHL, NHL, DEL and ECHL.
Similarly to his brother, Darian Dziurzynski has also played in six different leagues including the WHL, AJHL, AHL, ECHL, EIHL and the Slovak league. The 28-year-old was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, going in the fifth round and selected 141st overall. In the ECHL alone, he has played for six different teams including the Tulsa Oilers, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Toledo Walleye, Rapid City Rush, Indy Fuel, and the Missouri/Kansas City Mavericks.
After two seasons away from the Mavericks, fans were happy to welcome the younger Dziurzynski brother back, as he played a key role in production for Kansas City this season. Darian put up 48 points this year, netting 27 and picking up the assist on 21 goals. In the playoffs, he was credited for three points that were split between two goals and a single assist. In post-game interviews, he did not take credit for his successes, but passed the recognition onto the guys who were skating behind him. He was very thankful for the skill Mason McDonald brought, and very often spoke about his incredible performances.
Even on a night where he scored a hat trick, it was more talk about the team than his self. Darian said on January 26:
“The personal stats come secondary to the team stats.”
That statement alone speaks to his character and shows the culture this team created and held throughout the season.
This year was such a special year for the Dziurzynskis, as it was the first time the brothers got to play professional hockey together. They got to see a lot of each other, living together and sharing their love of hockey wearing the same colors. Their similarities tended to show in their gameplay, and Darian talked about the way their individual play seemed to work together (or even against each other) at the midway mark of the season.
“It’s such a weird thing with me and him. It seems like every time he plays good, I play good. When we’re not going, it kinda seems like we’re both not going. So that’s something me and him need to work at together. Getting each other going for every game and being ready for the start of every game.”
These could be considered his famous last words as this “problem” didn’t seem to be a noticeable trait through the last half of the season. Whatever they did to change that up, it did work.
These guys are special players in more ways that can even be listed. If the brothers are around next season, they will undoubtedly be a pair to keep an eye on.
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