Sochi an inspiration to local pro hockey team

Dayton Demonz inspired by Olympic hockey. (WDTN Photo)

HARRISON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – U.S versus Canada in the 2010 Olympic gold medal hockey game was truly inspirational game to many players across the country and right here in the Miami Valley.

“To win a gold medal, to play in the Olympics. Obviously, thats something I would love if that could ever happen,” said Brett Wall, who is a professional hockey player for the Dayton Demonz.

Brett Wall is a right wing for the Dayton Demonz. The professional team is in the midst of its season and the 2014 Olympic games are only more incentive to push past the pipes and win big.

“I was always a firm believer that hard work beats talent. Just keep working hard and have fun,” said Wall.

The Huber Heights native feels blessed to be playing near his hometown. The 24-year-old left his home more than a decade ago to pursue his dream on the ice.

“I started out playing at the Kettering Rec Center for the Dayton Bombers when I was 4-years-old,said Wall. “I played for the Dayton Gems until I was about 12-years-old, then I moved to Indianapolis
and played there, as well as a prep school in Chicago.”

Wall went on to compete at the collegiate level at Lake Superior State University before eventually joining the Dayton Demonz.

Many of his teammates, like Ahmed Mahfouz took similar paths.

“I’ve been playing since I was 4-years-old,” said Mahfouz.  You have to work hard everytime you are on the ice.”

Unlike Wall, Mahfouz is thousands of miles from his home in Canada.  In fact, at least six of the team’s players are Canadian, causing quite a team rivarly with the upcoming 2014 hockey Olympics

“Canada all the way for sure,” said Mahfouz.

“I’m an American. I will be cheering for USA hockey,” said Wall.

The Dayton Demonz is in its second season.  Click here for more information about the team and its schedule.  Home games are played at Hara Arena in Trotwood. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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