By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Nothing on Nick Mazzolini‘s recent rink resume pegged him as an offensive force — his season-high for goals in four campaigns at Providence College was a modest seven, both as a junior and senior.
Yet Alaska Aces coach Brent Thompson liked the native of Anchorage right off the hop when he saw the rookie center in training camp with the Peoria Rivermen, Alaska’s affiliate in the American Hockey League.
The rap on Mazzolini has always been his slow feet. What stood out to Thompson, though, was Mazzolini’s fast, agile mind.
“The way he grasped everything quickly,” Thompson recalled. “We’d do a drill or go through systems, and you didn’t have to tell him anything twice. And some things he figured out without being told just because he has that hockey sense.”