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January 11, 2014

Nagri emerges as star for red-hot Salem

After transfering to Salem, Nagri leading Blue Devils to 9-0 start and top spot in state

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After splitting his time between hockey and basketball growing up, Nagri set his focus on his first love of hockey when he arrived at Central, spending the first two seasons of his high school career on the Raiders’ “JV A” team. He was in the stands to watch his teammates make a their run to the Super 8 last season, falling to St. John’s Prep in the best-of-3 first round series.

“It was really exciting,” said Nagri, who saw some practice time with the varsity team.

“They had a great run and it was a lot of fun being in the stands with my friends. I liked Central. But by the end of baseball season I felt like I needed a change.”

That desire for a switch also became clear to his father.

“Every year my wife and I ask the kids if they are happy at Central,” said Bob.

“Alex went to Central and really gobbled it up. She loved it. I think it was tough for Kyle to part ways with his Salem friends and, nothing against Central, but I think he really just wasn’t clicking and wanted a change.”

Friends and former teammates started to pick up the idea a change may be looming when they spotted Nagri on a visit to Salem High at the end of last school year. But nothing became official until the summer, which was also when McGinn was informed of the addition to his team a player his family had a long relationship with.

“I have actually known Kyle’s parents since he was little,” said McGinn, who works in real estate. “I sold them their house when Kyle was about 3-years-old. I knew his dad was involved with Central, so I assumed Kyle would go there. But during the summer my athletic director (Dave Rozumek) told me that Kyle was coming here, and whatever led him back he has been doing great.”

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