_New Upper Collin Nugent ’16 debuted with a bang last Friday, scoring two goals in Andover Boys Hockey’s 3-1 win over Brewster. Nugent, who hails from Chicago, IL., plays left wing on Andover’s second offensive line alongside center Tyler Levine ’16 and right wing Gordon Coulter ’16. Nugent’s impressive performance on Friday shows his potential to make a big impact on the ice this season. Expect more dazzling performances from Nugent as he continues to light up the scoreboard. Nugent’s dominant performance in Andover’s season opener has earned him ’s “Athlete of the Week.”_
After your first three games, what do you think your role on the team will be?
I’d say my role on the team is to score as many points as I can. You know, get as many goals, try as hard as I can and be a leader. Fight my hardest so that I can win puck battles and get it to my linemates. Definitely just put up points and help the team however I can to win games.
Coming from Chicago, not playing at Fenwick High School and moving east to play at Andover, how has the transition from playing in the Midwest to the Northeast been?
I thought that Midwest hockey was going to be more competitive, but Northeast hockey, for some reason, is more competitive. I have to work a lot harder to get the puck to my teammates and shoot on net.
Do you think being roommates with Tyler Levine ’16 affects your chemistry?
Absolutely. Ty and I are really good friends. We are always talking about the game and what we expect to happen. There’s definitely good chemistry there.
Coming off of your shoulder injury on Monday, do you expect to be 100 percent in the game on Friday to improve upon your five points on the season? Will it affect your celebrations at all?
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the training room with [Michael Kuta]. My arm won’t be a full 100 percent, but it should definitely be at 95. Hopefully, I can put some points on the board and give the fans some nice cellies.