The Dells Ducks recently signed a new player for the 2023-24 season with Kansas City, MO native, Jackson Lawless coming aboard.
Lawless, a six-foot, 205 lbs. right shooting defenseman and an ’05 birth year comes to the Ducks following a couple seasons with the KC Knights varsity hockey team after a chance meeting Coach Rohde in the Windy City
“I met Coach Rohde at a tournament in Chicago and was impressed with his ability to work with players he’s never seen and bring us together as a team,” said Lawless on a team questionnaire.
A rugged blue liner, Lawless said his size, strength and effort play a part in his success as well as passing and skating technique. “I am a team player and have a high hockey IQ, said the defender who counts Seth Jones of the Chicago Blackhawks as his biggest hockey influence.
Good in all situations, Lawless counts special teams (both PK and powerplay) as his favorite times to be on the ice.
The jump from varsity to junior can be intimidating and Lawless is aware “Speed of the game and size of the players, plus being away from home,” will all be things to prepare and be ready for. His goals for the season are general for his rookie season.
“Improving as a player to be the best I can be and developing a positive team mindset,” is what the rookie dman is looking to accomplish this season.
Among his accomplishments so far was helping a weak team make a massive post season move recently.
“Helping turn around a zero-winning team into a semi-final team in a league championship tournament,” said Lawless. “Scoring is always fun, but I enjoy a good assist.”
Lawless has never visited the Dells before or been in a billet situation, but he is excited about both.
“It sounds like a great little town with lots to do,” said Lawless. “I have never billeted with a family before. I am looking forward to living with a new hockey family.”
He had a choice for favorite team but added he is happy to watch any games.
“I am an overall hockey fan and especially enjoy watching the first round of playoffs. If I had to pick a team, I would choose the Chicago Blackhawks.
Lawless may have been a bit of a late arrival to the sport saying he played baseball, football and wrestling before lacing up skates.
Lawless should not have trouble finding his favorite pre-game meal — “fried, roller grilled, gas station food and a quart of chocolate milk.” Also, pre-game stretches, listing to music and “Putting on the bling (aka necklace)” are all part of his routine.
By Jim den Hollander