OGDEN, UT. – The Ogden Mustangs, proud members of the United States Premier Hockey League, are excited to announce the signing of Gio Ursillo for the 2021-22 season.
Ursillo (Boise, ID) was a dynamic two-way forward in his first year of junior hockey in Ogden. A mainstay on the penalty kill, his ability to play a 200-foot style endeared him to the Mustangs faithful while supplying a consistent effort every shift. "I'm stoked to be back in Ogden this upcoming season. It's a top-notch organization; Fans are electric; Facilities are some of the best in the league and the coaching staff is great. I feel like Ogden is the best place for me to develop and move on to the next level."
A combination of skill and tenacity, Ursillo plays with a chip on his shoulder but never backs down. The '03 forward proved he belonged even when opponents were double his size. His blue-collar work ethic and ability to read the ice translated in big moments for the Mustangs. His 9 goals and 14 assists placed him in the Mustangs top-10 for scoring in 20-21.
"As a smaller and younger guy, I was getting pushed around quite a bit last season. I need to be in the gym constantly this offseason in order to get bigger and stronger. I'll also be skating every week to keep developing skill-wise."
It's been a busy week for Mustangs Head Coach Kenny Orlando and getting a potent forward like Ursillo back in the lineup was a no-brainer.
“We are very happy to get Giovanni back to the Mustangs for his second junior hockey season. Gio brings many assets to the table that we are looking to instill in the forward group: Willingness to go to the dirty areas, discipline, and coach-ability. They're three of the most admired parts of his game–especially as a young player.”
Now joining fellow teammates, Jenson and J. Jones, Ursillo is the first forward to sign for Ogden. Just one season removed from his rookie campaign, he is now one of the veterans on the team and will transition into an expected larger role on the ice.
"My personal goal is to play Tier-II following next season. As a team, the goal [for 2021-22] is to qualify for the USPHL National Championships. For the new players coming in, my advice is to always work hard no matter what situation you're in and don't be so hard on yourself."
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