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Wolfpack Hockey Honors Players, Injured NJ Counterpart at Banquet

Team members given division accolades, squad takes time to wish Monroe resident well.

Members of the West Morris Central hockey team wear shirts that read "Pray for Mikey" in honor of Mike Nichols. Photo Courtesy West Morris Central Wolfpack Ice Hockey Parents' Club
Members of the West Morris Central hockey team wear shirts that read "Pray for Mikey" in honor of Mike Nichols. Photo Courtesy West Morris Central Wolfpack Ice Hockey Parents' Club

On and off the ice, West Morris Central’s Wolfpack team competes every day, in every way.

That was evident at its recent end of the year banquet, when players were awarded individual honors and showed their support for a counterpart across the state.

Central’s title hopes ended in the playoffs this year, but the team placed fourth overall in its Halverson division. Team captain Ryan Muscatella was voted the team’s MVP and named to the division’s second team.

Right next to him, another team captain, Adam Richards received division honorable mention. Through fundraisers, the Parents’ Club awards a $500 scholarship to the senior player with the highest grade point average. That honor went to goalie Ray Rega this season.

The team also took time at the banquet to honor Mike Nichols, a Monroe High School senior who suffered a tragic injury while playing, breaking his C5 vertebrae. The team took a moment to pray for Nichols, who has been supported by other high schools across the country.

The New Jersey Devils recently donated $25,000 toward Nichols’ recovery and expenses, and in honor of the player, the Central team purchased purple t-shirts that read “Pray for Mikey” to help support the family. 

Central ended the season with an 11-11-2 record.

Information and photos provided by the West Morris Central Ice Hockey Parents’ Club.

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