D'Ambra returns to the KiXX as its all-time leader in points and games played (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia KiXX).
D’Ambra is Longest Tenured Athlete in Philadelphia
Philadelphia (Friday, February 12, 2010) – Philadelphia KiXX head coach Don D’Ambra officially announced today that he will be returning to the team as a player this Sunday when the KiXX travel to Rockford to play the Rampage at 6:05 p.m. D’Ambra, who is the longest tenured athlete in the City of Philadelphia, returns to the KiXX as its all-time leader in points (884), goals (380), power play goals (42), game-winning goals (46), games played (436) and shots (1560).
"My decision to play was influenced by two reasons,” D’Ambra explained. “The first is that I feel good physically. At my age, a 5-6 month season is very long, and the physical abuse to my body would have been too much. There are two months remaining, and I feel that my body will be able to handle it.”
The other reason D’Ambra decided to return to the turf was based upon the veteran leadership and competitiveness that still burns strong within him.
“The second reason I decided to play is that I believe that I can help the team on the field, particularly through leadership,” he continued. “We have a lot of very talented players on our roster, but we have lacked the leadership needed to overcome crucial moments in games. That has resulted in our suffering major momentum swings."
Although D’Ambra currently sits atop the KiXX record books in virtually every offensive category, he stressed that his greatest contribution to the team during the second half of the season may not be in the statistics.
“By no means do I think that I am going to come in and make a huge difference, but I do feel that I will be able to help in situational things such as our restarts and power plays,” he said. “I also think that my experience and leadership will help some of the less experienced players on the team."
D’Ambra will be entering his 16th indoor season and 13th with the KiXX when he returns to the lineup on Saturday. This year will also mark his seventh campaign as player/coach. D’Ambra, who is just one of 15 players in MISL history to have scored 1000 points, posted a team-best 21 goals, 22 assists, and 64 points last season. The Philadelphia native has led the club to two league championships (2002, 2007), and he was named the 2007 MISL Championship Game MVP after scoring two goals in a win over the Detroit Ignition, 13-8.
The game Sunday with Rockford can be followed live via Ollin Omnimedia. The next home action for the KiXX is on Saturday, February 20th, when they have a 7:05 p.m. meeting with the La Raza de Monterrey. Tickets for that match are available now by logging onto www.ComcastTix.com or calling 1-888-888-KiXX.