The VJW Junior B team recently enjoyed a much-deserved holiday break, but it’s hard to forget about the play of one individual
who has become an Empire Hockey League superstar in just four months!
Nazarian (Boxford, MA), a forward for Stu Irving’s Warrior squad,
exploded onto the Empire Hockey League scene this season and currently leads
the Warriors in scoring with an eye-boggling 25 goals and 15 assists in just 24
games. His offensive prowess has been so dominating that he also ranks sixth in
scoring for the Empire Hockey League.
“He is – in my estimation – one of the top 96 players in this
area,” said Andy Heinze, who is head
coach and general manager of the VJW Junior A team. “He has incredible work
ethic, skill and determination which has made him one of the most dominating
players in the league despite being one of the youngest players.” A North Shore native who began training at the age of six,
Nazarian has impressed everyone from his coaches to his teachers along the way.
“He has always been a mature, humble, hardworking kid who
emerges as the leader of any team he plays on through his hard work, unselfish
play and commitment to his teammates,” said John McLean, who has been Nazarian’s Dynamic Skating coach for the
past eight years. “He gets the game and has a very high hockey IQ, great hands
and evolving speed. He is the type of player who you can send out on the ice in any
situation and be confident that he will give 100-percent effort.”
That sentiment was proven true from the first moment Nazarian
put on his Warriors jersey this season. Through his first six games for the
Junior B team, Nazarian was a force as he collected five goals and 18 assists.
In fact, Nazarian has found the scoring column in all but two of his team’s 22
Despite his young age (he is only 14 years old), Nazarian has
managed to find a balance between hockey and school. In just his first year at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Lynnfield, Nazarian has already made
an indelible impression on his teachers and school officials.
“I think what is most impressive about him is that he fit
in so seamlessly with a group of kids he never met before,” said Kathleen Tosiello,
principal of Our Lady of the Assumption School, who also noted that Nazarian is
one of the top students in his class. “He is an excellent hockey player, but he
is not a kid who brags about himself. He has always been very friendly, polite
and just fit in terrifically with his new classmates. He is a super athlete but
is very modest.”
His ability to enter a new
environment so seamlessly led him to perform well at the 2010 Boys Select 14 National Player Development Camp, where he competed
alongside a group of players considered the best in the United States. Unfazed,
Nazarian did what seems to come so naturally to him...find the back of the net.
He finished with two goals and three assists in five games.
As a result of his play this
season with the VJW Junior B team, Nazarian has been selected by the Empire
Hockey League to compete in the league’s All-Star game scheduled for January 17th at the Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett, New Hampshire.
CLICK HERE to see a sample of what
you might see when Nazarian hits the ice. It is one of many highlight-reel
goals for the young VJW standout!