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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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Now 9-0 as a team (5-0 in New Hampshire Division 1), Nagri knows there is a long way to go in the season.

But he is dreaming of possibly leading the Blue Devils on a run to their first state title since the 2003-04 season.

“A run at a state title would be amazing,” said Nagri, who will also play baseball at Salem. “It would be an honor to play for and with another state title for the school. And we have a really good team that I believe can do it.”

Fight in the dog

Salem star Kyle Nagri admits he isn’t the most physically imposing player on the ice at just 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds. But that actually makes him the tallest of the Nagri family.

Father Bob is 5-foot-5, sister Alex is listed at 5-foot-2 on the Central Catholic basketball program but her dad said she is really 5-foot, and mother Colleen is 5-foot-4.

That also doesn’t stop Kyle from playing a physical brand of hockey.

“I’m a banger,” he said. “I love to play aggressive, physical hockey. I usually go into the boards to get the puck and do anything I can. I go in at full speed, take the body and try to create chances for myself or a teammate.”

Red hot Hillies

Led by multi-sport star Tommy Maguire, Haverhill hockey is off to one of its best starts in recent memory.

The Hillies have won 3 of their last 4 games and stand at 3-3-1 for the season. That gives them more victories than they had in 2011-12 (2-18) and one off last year’s mark (4-14-2). But last year’s squad started just 1-6.

At the center of the turnaround is Maguire, an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in football, who has scored a team-high seven goals and has appeared on the score sheet for all three of Haverhill’s wins.

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