Gene Zadzilka

Current Team
2024 Purple – L2.1
Hometown
Fitchburg
Pronouns
He/him/his
Other Teams
Current: Vet Sci @ Shell on Fridays, other scrimmage groups when I can, helping coach my kid's West Madison Polar Caps team.
First played on a team in '93, and it was all about winning. Hated it, almost sold my equipment and gave up on the hockey experiment. Thankfully, returned to fun hockey in Madison.
Roles
Board Member Board Member
MGHA Member MGHA Member
Hockey Ops Hockey Ops
Recruiting Recruiting

Player Bio

First put on skates as part of the UW Computer Science department's group in '90, have been a hockey guy ever since.

As the years went on skating became harder, so I put on the pads so falling down (my natural reaction to ice) looks like I'm making a play.

Have 3 kids, so there's the priority that can trump hockey, but we try to keep Sundays open for MGHA.

MGHA coaching philosophy: goalie focused, but always love helping new skaters acclimate to skating and the fundamentals of playing. Mostly encouragement, but willing to dispense suggestions for improvement.

First year team = Redrum, referencing The Shining by Stephen King. Jersey = Cujo, not because I'm a rabid pupper, it's the nickname for former Badger goalie Curtis Joseph.

Addendum 1: second year, on the Nightfuries. Jersey = Hiccup, as I'm more the little nerd kid than a dragon.

Addendum 2: third season, citizen of The Shrek Republic, jersey = "An Old Frog". We would have won it all if it weren't for the stooooopid plague.

Addendum 2.5: Goalie for MGHA vs Team Trans in friendship series 2021. Well, that was awesome, when can we do that again?

Addendum 3: fourth season, Red Flags. Jersey = All Dadjokes, because well, immaturity. But I amuse myself.

Addendum 3.5: Rainbow Dash (lt blue) in the Classic tourney 2022. Made it to the championship, but alas...

Addendum 4: fifth season, Rubber Puckies, jersey = The Quacken. Why? Because I put a different rubber ducky on my goalie helmet each week to honor the other team.

Addendum 4.33: Ursula's B*tches in 2023 Classic. Yea, finally a purple jersey!

Addendum 4.66: Medium Rare (MGHA pink team) in Team Trans friendship series 2023.

Addendum 5: sixth season, Zambluenis, jersey = hip check. Because I had my hip checked out, results weren't good.

Player Statistics

SeasonTeamHSOGSAGoals AgainstSaves
2023-2024Zambluenis000248
2022-2023Rubber Puckies00034332
2021-2022The Red Flags00039285
2019-2020The Shrek Republic00038355
2018-2019Nightfuries00024274
2017-2018Redrum00035293

Player Statistics

SeasonTeamHSOGSAGoals AgainstSaves
20242024 Purple – L2.100000
2023Ursula’s B*tches00000
20192019 White – Recreational000
20182018 Orange – Competitive00000

Coaching

SeasonTeam
2023-2024Limelights
2022-2023Blue Screen of Death