TOLLAND, CT — Community members and hockey families from Tolland and neighboring towns are mourning the passing of Nick Mayer, a standout member of the E.O. Smith/Tolland co-op ice hockey team which captured the Division III state championship in 2015.
Mayer, a 2017 Tolland High School graduate, died tragically Wednesday. He was 19.
He grew up playing youth hockey out of the Bolton Ice Palace with the Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization (ECHO). He went on to play four years with the former E.O. Smith/Tolland Bucks co-op, winning the state title in his sophomore year alongside his older brother, Peter. Mayer amassed 76 goals and 54 assists with the Bucks, and was twice named to the All-State team.
E.O. Smith coach John Hodgson wrote the following tribute, which was read prior to the Panthers’ game Wednesday night against Enfield/East Granby/Stafford.
“Nick’s exploits on the ice were easy for all to see. He scored 76 goals and 54 assists for 130 career points, and helped lead the Bucks to two conference titles, two state finals, and the 2015 state championship where he scored the game-winning goal as a sophomore. But even more significant was the person Nick was off of the ice. He was a humble, gentle soul. A friend to all who knew him, and a quiet mentor to younger players, many of whom are still on our team.”
On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Northeastern Shamrocks, a high school co-op consisting of Bolton, Coventry, Rockville and RHAM high schools, will pay tribute to Mayer prior to their game against the Wethersfield co-op. All ECHO alumni are invited to join current team members on the blue line for a moment of silence in his memory. Game time is slated for 8:10 p.m.
Calling hours are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13 from 5-8 p.m. at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan, 14 at 10 a.m. at the United Congregational Church of Tolland.
Click here for his complete obituary.
Photo courtesy of Tolland Memorial Funeral Home
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