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Old 11-01-2013, 04:02 PM #1
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Houston Heat Says Goodbye to the Russian Trio (who are headed to Art Chaos next year)

HOUSTON, TX – Friday, November 1, 2013 – Houston Heat is putting the rumor mill to rest and confirming that Konstantin Fedorov, Mishka Kniazev and Sergei Solnishkov will not be playing with Heat during the 2014 PSP season. The three will be joining their Russian family, Art Chaos, full time next year.

“We’ve had two great years with the original Houston Heat roster,” said Randy “Sarge” Smith, owner of Houston Heat. “We completely understand the decisions of Konstantin, Mishka and Sergei to play full time with Art Chaos in 2014, as it allows them to stay closer to home and set themselves up for success in their lives after paintball. We still very much consider them part of our family, are thankful of the time we spent together and wish them all the best in the next chapter of their journeys.”

“I have made an agreement with Art Chaos to play paintball and work with the owner next year,” said Konstantin Fedorov. “I am excited to practice in Russia with my personal coach and have my personal schedule for a full season. I want to say thank you to everyone on Houston Heat for big two seasons in my life. To be a winner is always great feeling. I would like to say personal thanks to Sarge for giving me this greatest experience in my life, to be part of his family, learn some lessons and pretty much have fun every moment with the team.”

“Playing for Art Chaos next year was "hard to make" decision because I'm looking on my future,” said Sergei Solnishkov. “I was playing on awesome team for two years! And I met wonderful people that become my family. We reach very high results because of our serious way of our altogether working. And that's all because I was together with awesome people!!! I never saw a team like Houston Heat, when people acting like a family and working like a SWAT making their job!!! That was amazing surprise for me that it's possible!!!! I really think that HH IS MY FAMILY.“

“Next year I will be playing for the home team, Art Chaos,” said Mishka Kniazev. “I want to thank the Smith family because these two years of my career very best. I will miss the Houston Heat family.”

Houston Heat will compete as a team in PSP in the champions division in 2014. “We have a great core group of players that will continue to step up to make Houston Heat one of the best teams in the world,” said Smith. “I’m extremely proud of our accomplishments this season and I have faith that the team will continue to make me proud next year though their talent and determination. We may be saying goodbye to three members, but we're still one team, one family, playing to win one point at a time.”

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That's such a big loss for the team... Those three Russians were some of the biggest killers on the roster, so it'll be interesting to see how the team will do in the 2014 season. I'm not saying that the rest of the players on the team aren't capable, as they're proven that they are, but it'll still be interesting to see how they do without the guns of Fedorov, Kniazev and Solnishkov.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:12 PM #3
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:15 PM #4
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Jacob Edwards just also announced that he is returning to TBD for next season. Wao can't wait to see what Art Chaos is going to do in the PSP for years to come, interesting stuff.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:16 PM #6
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:18 PM #7
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This is a huge hit to Houston Heat. I wonder who they will pick up to replace them. Art Chaos is going to be a serious threat to all teams in the 2014 PSP season.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:22 PM #8
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This is a huge hit to Houston Heat. I wonder who they will pick up to replace them. Art Chaos is going to be a serious threat to all teams in the 2014 PSP season.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:26 PM #9
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Waiting for the rest of Houston Heat to implode before the season.. Chad George to return to Impact.. Monville to join also Impact or Aftershock..

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I don't think heat will be back to full strength like they were. I hope they don't disband
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Wonder what Americans will be pulled to help complete the roster. Montressor, Edwards, George and Moorehead would be nice to see a philly comeback attempt
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Having an all star roster doesn't make a team a champion. Heat's cohesion and success seemingly right off the bat last season was unprecedented. Hopefully Art Chaos can capitalize and continue that with their trio but it's by no means guaranteed.

Heat's statement says they'll continue in the PSP next season. It'll be interesting to see how they bounce back given their style of using the same (now shattered) line almost every point.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:50 PM #13
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I'll have faith in any team that Jason Trosen coaches looking forward to next season they still have so much talent on that squad.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:57 PM #14
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Having an all star roster doesn't make a team a champion. Heat's cohesion and success seemingly right off the bat last season was unprecedented. Hopefully Art Chaos can capitalize and continue that with their trio but it's by no means guaranteed.
You do realize the Art Chaos squad has already played together on RL for years and they were one of the best NXL/PSP teams...
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Jacob Edwards just also announced that he is returning to TBD for next season. Wao can't wait to see what Art Chaos is going to do in the PSP for years to come, interesting stuff.
Yeah, I just saw this on the Social Paintball Facebook page.

Man, Houston Heat is falling apart right now.
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At least Slowiak will be able to get some points in now. I thought he would go back to Aftershock when Sos did.
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At least Slowiak will be able to get some points in now. I thought he would go back to Aftershock when Sos did.
Why go to aftershock? They practice boom and booms D2 team has whaled on them. They can't get out of challengers to save their lives (granted their cup performance). He is better off on this roster.

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How does that make sense when Aftershock isn't even in the Challenger division?
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How does that make sense when Aftershock isn't even in the Challenger division?
Knew someone would not think about my comment. I stated "granted their cup performance"
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