"We're thrilled with the progress Nick has made over the years with the PAL Junior Islanders organization," General Manager Ron Kinnear said. "We're all proud of him and excited to see him take the next step."
"Nick is the type of kid that would jump in front of a train if it meant his team would win a game," added Director of Scouting Pete Judge. "We joke around that he's our Cal Clutterbuck, the perfect blend of grinder and sniper. He plays every shift with a ton of heart and puts the team above everything else. Every hockey team needs a player like Nick Mangone."
Mangone will join Nichols College for the 2016-17 season. The Nichols Bison compete in the NCAA Division III ECAC Northeast, and are currently 6-0 in-conference.
"When I visited Nichols College, I realized right away that Coach Burgess and his staff were very excited about continuing the winning tradition with their hockey program. It's also a perfect fit for me academically, and I look forward to being in their business program."
Nick will also reunite with former PAL Junior Islanders teammates TJ Roche (Premier) and Evan Schwartz (U18) at Nichols.
"There's just no way I could be in this position without the PAL Junior Islanders organization," Mangone continued. "Coach Marshall taught me how to play the game at a high compete level and really improved my skating. Coach Galiani has helped me improve my offensive game, always encouraging me to produce more. Both Marshall and Galiani have watched over me my entire junior career, mentoring me step by step through the process. Their mentoring has helped me become a better leader and person. I also want to thank Coach Dubeau for always being there for support and always looking out for what was best for me."
Congratulations again to Nick Mangone, we wish you the best of luck for the rest of this season and as you begin your NCAA career at Nichols College!