By Marc Katz
Dayton Daily News
FAIRBORN, Ohio – His name takes more than a third of the alphabet to complete, which means Matt Dzieduszycki has a lot of nicknames.
“Last year, I was called ‘Dewey,’ ” Dzieduszycki said. “This year, it’s ‘Dizzy.’ Every year, it’s a little different.”
Every one of the last four years has been a little different for Dzieduszycki, D-man for short. He has played hockey at the University of New Hampshire, returned to junior hockey with the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League, then went back to college at the academically prestigious University of Western Ontario.
He also played four games with Syracuse of the American Hockey League.
For the past week, he has been in the lineup for the East Coast Hockey League Dayton Bombers.
“I am a rookie,” Dzieduszycki said. “There were 15 forwards in Syracuse, so I was sent here. I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here.”
In three games, Dzieduszycki has scored two goals and three points. He is one of the team’s fastest skaters, and now that he is 22 years old, he has some maturity to go along.
“When I was at New Hampshire, I was a young kid and immature,” Dzieduszycki said. “It was the first time I was away from home, and I was kind of a momma’s boy. I didn’t eat right. It hurt my body.”
It didn’t help his game, either. D-man struggled for New Hampshire in 1998-99, then left school after five games the next year. He scored 55 goals in two seasons with Barrie before his age forced him to move again.
He scored 21 goals in 28 games last season at Western Ontario and could have played another year, but the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets spotted him and signed him for their Syracuse club.
After his brief stint in Syracuse last season, Dzieduszycki was going to start there this season until he was sent to the Bombers.
“The money was right (to sign with Syracuse),” D-man said. “It was a good opportunity for me. Either I was going to leave college or not play pro hockey.”
Previously, Dzieduszycki had a workout with the NHL Minnesota Wild, but two shoulder injuries – one leading to an operation – left him “shying away from the corners.
“I’m 100 percent now,” he said. “When I’m on my game, I can mix it up and can control the game.”
The question is, can he get control of that name?