It’s not often that you hear a coach call a 20-year-old rookie pro “reliable.”
But that’s how ECHL Trenton Devils coach Rick Kowalsky feels about Kory Nagy. Tied for the best plus/minus on the team, and part of the top penalty-killing unit, Nagy is mature for his age both on and off the ice.
He’s already a businessman, opening a gym in the Kitchener, Ontario area with his older brother. His brother will run it, but Kory sees it as something to fall back on beyond his hockey career.
Given his maturity level, it’s no surprise that he turned pro as soon as he could. With a fall birthday, Nagy had the option to go back to junior and play another year for the Oshawa Generals. But he chose to sign with the New Jersey Devils and move into the minor leagues.
“I figured I might as well start pursuing my professional career as soon as possible,” he said. “It’s just that much better playing with men. I don’t think playing junior would have benefited me as much as coming here and playing.”