By Ross Forman – Ty Nagy isn’t feeling pressure for this, his senior season on defense for the BG/H/W Stampede. The perennial Combined Division state power had a fun 2019-2020 season, was successful in several tournaments, but didn’t go as deep in the state tournament as they hoped, Nagy said.
BG/H/W earned the No. 7 seed in the 2020 Illinois High School Hockey State Tournament, but they lost their first game, 3-0, to No. 10 Lincoln Way.
The Stampede have not forgotten the sorrow of that state loss.
“I think we have a pretty decent team with a shot at going deep in the playoffs,” said Nagy, who lives in Arlington Heights and attends Buffalo Grove High School.
Nagy, who shoots right-handed and sports jersey No. 13, played his youth hockey for the Northwest Chargers and Ice Dogs. His goal this season is simple: “develop as a player and have fun.”
Nagy is a stay-at-home defenseman who said his career highlight was, surprisingly, scoring a goal against Waubonsie Valley in a state tournament game. Then again, “my favorite memory is playing in the state tournament with packed stands,” said Nagy, who noted that his confidence this season is much higher than in past years.
BG/H/W coach Chris Waters said Nagy is “one of the hardest workers” on the team and he does “whatever it takes” to make himself and the team better.
“He leads by example and has been a great mentor for our younger players,” Waters said. “Ty will make a great coach one day.”
This is Nagy’s third season on the BG/H/W varsity team. “Joining the team as a sophomore with a lot of older players helped me out, so now it’s my turn to be a leader, stay positive and do the same thing for the new players on the team.”
For Nagy, that always means giving 100 percent in practice, being coachable and working out off the ice.
“I am a heads-up player with a unique ability to distribute the puck and play physical,” he said.
Nagy plans to attend a 4-year university and hopes to continue play at the next level.
“There’s excitement and nerves … because this is my last season,” he said.
Slapshots With … Ty Nagy
Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Duncan Keith
Favorite Sports-Themed Movie: Caddyshack
Favorite Pregame Meal: “I don’t eat before games.”
Celebrity You’d Most Like to Meet: Kevin Heart
Best Hockey Tip: “Keep your head up and don’t stop moving your feet.” – His father
Teammate Who You Could See as a Coach: Jack Alesia
Hardest Slapshot on Your Team: Phillip Johnson
Most Accurate Shot on Your Team: Sean Fink
Fastest Skater on Your Team: Brian Kurpiewski
Best High School Jerseys (other than BG): Saint Viator
Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross by email at Rossco814@aol.com.