by Kamlesh Patel
November 11 1999
The first time I played in the CASC I played with Paul Iacurto.
That was a great introduction into the CASC. The unfolding of events
during the next couple of years was something special. Paul was one of
the many positive influences overthose years.
In fact during my 2 seasons with the Screaming Maniacs/Renegades, I was
fortunate to play regularly on a line with Paul. He is such a gifted
hockey player that he makes everyone around him look that much better.
So you can imagine that I enjoyed that I certainly enjoyed playing with
My first real concern about playing with him was that well he was the
superstar of the CASC and arguably the MVP at the time. As I was merely
a decent hockey player at the time, more of a defensive specialist with
limited offensive abilities. I was worried that Paul would eventually
get frustrated playing with someone who was incomparable to him in terms
I quickly found out that my concern was unwarranted. Paul made me feel
welcome from the beginning. Every night he would literally set me up for
a dozen or so good scoring chances. Yes I did manage to bury some of
them regularly, although a highly skilled forward would have scored twice
as much as did? I remember the first handful of games, on returning to
the bench after a shift, I regularly apologized to Paul for not finishing
his great "PASSES". Of course Paul was such the easy going guy that he
always gave me confidence.
I had been given this great opportunity to improve my skills dramatically
and I was going to take full advantage of that. During those couple of
years of playing with the Paul, I gradually improved. In fact I was able
to capitalize on chances more often and in general become a more effective
line mate for Paul.
This was the first time that I met such a gifted player who was truly a
positive influence to me. Paul never really gave advice on how I should
play, what I could improve on, etc. It was his weekly performances that
were always inspiring and motivated me to work that much harder to improve
my skills. Paul was a major influence in my development as a hockey
Playing with Paul Iacurto during those two seasons was one of the
highlights of my ball hockey career. I had the privilege of playing with a "SUPERSTAR"! Trust me, I enjoyed every moment of it!
Thank you Paul!