Mentor teen selected to play on Youth Olympic team

2:16 PM, Jan 9, 2012   |    comments
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MENTOR -- Nick Magyar is getting ready to play one of the biggest games of his career. 

The Mentor High School sophomore, who currently serves as the assistant captain of The Cleveland Junior Barons has been asked to play on the first ever Youth Olympic Ice Hockey team.

"It's just really exciting only player from Ohio, so I'm really excited to go," said Magyar, who got the call a month ago. 

On Monday, Magyar, along with 16 other players from across the country, will fly to Austria to compete against other teams from all across the world. 

Playing overseas is nothing new, but Magyar's mother, Joelle, noted that this time will be different. 

"We've travelled overseas before to play hockey, but this is the Olympics and it's just so amazing," Joelle said. 

The Youth Olympic Committee isn't the only organization taking notice of the standout teen.  The 15-year-old standout is already getting calls from colleges. 

"It all happened at once -- the Olympics, the college and to watch him live out his dreams. It's just everything a mom could ask for, really," said Joelle.

And while he doesn't know what to expect, he's pretty optimistic that once he hits the ice, he and his teammates will be ready to play, and ready to win. 

"And we have a pretty good team to go with us so hopefully we have a good chance at a medal," said Nick.


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