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New York announced on Friday that they have signed Markian Kuzmowycz for a third season.

Kuzmowycz decided to play Rumble ultimate for another season coming off a year where he narrowly missed posting double-digit goals.

“I am very pumped, and grateful to Coach Anthony Nuñez and Michelle Kondracki for being a part of their plans,” said Kuzmowycz. “I’m just realizing now how much different this team looks than it did in year one. We’ve come a long way and our best ultimate is ahead of us.”

After playing for New York each of the last two seasons, Kuzmowycz understands the importance of making this season count.

“We may not have posted a great record last year but the talent has been there and we’ve only gotten deeper at every position,” he said. “It’s a ‘prove it’ season, and we’re ready for that challenge.”

Head Coach Anthony Nuñez praised the signing of Kuzmowycz, “Markian is a very underrated player. He has a constant motor and tires out his defender. I love that he is a high energy guy and a great spark for any O-line.”

Kuzmowycz has always been a player that the Rumble coaching staff can rely on.

“There are times when we will need to shake things up, but Markian is one of the guys we want and need to have around for the team to be a success,” explained Nuñez.

The offensive cutter from Rhode Island brings plenty of experience to a young Rumble squad. Kuzmowycz began playing competitively at McGill University. While there, he captained the Canadian college team to two national semi-final appearances and one national final appearance.

He stayed on an extra year to coach McGill while he began playing club for Montreal-based Mephisto. In 2010, Kuzmowycz moved to New York City where he later joined PoNY in 2011. He is now a captain for PoNY, playing alongside many of his current and former Rumble teammates.

Kuzmowycz is looking forward to the Rumble home opener, only a little over a month away.

“I’m mainly itching to get back on the field and start developing chemistry with the rookies,” he said. As for the moment he’s eagerly anticipating, “April 25, 12 p.m. Seeing that first pull go up in New York.”

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