News | 3/15/2012 1:15:40 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
The recipients of the 2011-12 Thomas M. Nichols Scholarship Award were honored on Wednesday at the Section V Hockey Senior Select Games. Hilton senior Andrew Agent was the winner of a $3,000 scholarship among a group of five finalists that also included Canandaigua’s Ethan DiCicco, Pittsford’s Nick Garfield, Batavia’s Nick Maxwell and Victor’s Matt Portland.
Nichols was a local attorney at Harris Beach who was instrumental in keeping the Amerks in Rochester during the 1970-71 season. He was also part of the ownership group in the early 1970’s. Nichols, who was originally from Boston, was an ardent supporter of youth and high school hockey. The award honors the Section V high school hockey player whose work ethic, character and determination exceeds excellence and who plays to his full potential. The award will be applied to tuition costs at the recipient’s chosen college. Nominations for the scholarship are made by coaches, who select one player from their team. The winner is determined by a panel that interviews the finalists.
Agent went from a player who was cut from the team his freshman year to being named captain of the varsity team his senior season through sheer determination and hard work. Recognized by others for his leadership and sportsmanship, Agent became a role model for his teammates and other players throughout Section V.
Like Agent, DiCicco went from not making the team as a freshman to playing a prominent role on the team by his senior year. By working hard to improve his game, as well as becoming a certified referee to learn more about the game, DiCicco saw his ice time increase in each of his three years. This season, he worked hard to come back from a shoulder injury suffered at the end of his junior year.
Garfield also expanded his role on the team in each of his three varsity seasons, working year-round to improve his game. A passionate player and caring teammate, he participated in all of the team’s off-season training programs and encouraged his teammates to do the same.
Maxwell began his high school career as a forward, but was moved to defense during his freshman year. As a result of constant hard work, he became a standout blue-liner, known for his hard-nosed and smart style of play. A team leader, Maxwell learned the position through hard work both during the season and in the off-season.
Portland, a five-year varsity player and two-year captain, was unable to play his senior season due to multiple injuries. However, his leadership ability was on full display all year, becoming an extension of the coaching staff and not missing a single game or practice. A highly respected student-athlete, Portland was a positive influence on teammates throughout the season despite not being able to play.