WILMINGTON, MA — This is a fourth in a series of articles celebrating Wilmington Youth Hockey’s graduating class of seniors. This year, WYH will graduate 13 boys from the organization. The organization is proud of its seniors. Many many years ago, the boys were given a jersey with a “W” on the chest and they leave youth hockey with a “W” on their chest. Some would never leave and others took many travels but in the end they finished representing Wilmington because they started a Wildcat and will always be a Wildcat.
This year, Wilmington Youth Hockey will graduate Ryan St Jean, Bobby Lord, AJ McKearney, Micheal DuCharme, Jarred Aucoin, Calvin Stafford, Steve Bowker, Nate Demico, Max Shapiro, Tom Worob, Joey Mirabella, Tom Robarge and Dylan Bresnahan.
This week’s edition: Dylan Bresnahan and Nate Dimeco
There are many “laid back” people in this world and then there is Dylan Bresnahan. Dylan is as “chill” as they come. The always likeable Dylan greets all with a smile and a carefree demeanor that can be nothing but engaging. The gentle giant’s pleasant demeanor is a constant whether on the ice, football field, the locker room or in the hallways of the high school.
Dylan is a good lumbering defenseman that is expecting big things playing varsity hockey this year. Dylan gives offensive spark and a hardnosed dman. Dylan does not go around the rink looking to hit people but is strong as an ox when he does. Dylan can often create offense because he gets off a accurate low driving slap shot that helps produce tips and rebounds.
Dylan got his start in Wilmington Youth Hockey at the age of three pushing a milk crates at Ristuccia. Scott Stafford helped teach Dylan how to skate through the Learn to Skate and Buzzer programs. Dylan then started playing mites and squirts getting influenced to love hockey by coaches Joe Kippenberger, Jay Barrett and John Robarge. Those previously mentioned coaching Dad’s were the foundation of WYH and the same names are remembering fondly by nearly all the bio’s of the graduating seniors.
Dylan loved his days as a youth going to tournaments with the same Wilmington friends he has today. Dylan finished the WYH career in grand fashion winning the U18 State Championship for the midget team. Dylan earned coach admiration when as a lifetime defenseman he not only volunteered to fill a need at forward but he did it with a nonchalant smile and excitement. When he played the game at forward, he did so with impact by getting an assist and creating havoc in front of the net with his large body. In the other games, he played his best defensive brand hockey as it was needed against the competition.
Dylan is not only a hockey player; he is a multi-sport athlete that may perform best in the class room of the Wilmington High School.
This fall, Dylan had a tremendous year for the Wildcat’s 8-3 football team. He played a rugged brand of defensive end and defensive tackle. He lived the lineman’s dream of scoring a touchdown. The stands of the high school erupted when a punt was blocked, the ball popped into the air, landing into the arms of Dylan as he rumbled and stumbled down the field and into the end zone for a TD. In the spring, Dylan will play baseball for the Wildcat team with high expectations of success.
As mentioned, Dylan is an excellent student; he had received the Presidential Scholarship to Roger Williams. He also awaits word from UNH, UMass and UConn. Whichever school Dylan decides to enter, they will be getting a budding star in the field of business.
Wilmington Youth Hockey enjoyed having Dylan as much as he enjoyed having youth hockey in his childhood.
Nate Dimeco finished his Wilmington Youth Hockey is the grandest of styles by contributing 4 goals to the Wildcats State Championship run of 2017. When the Cat’s needed him the most, Nate stood the tallest despite his actual height stature. Nate has taken his play of the State Tournament into the high school season. He wrapped up a solid footing into the regular Coach Scanlon rotation. He earned his status with his play. The past season, Nate has truly combined all his skills and is having a great senior season.
Nate is a great kid with an easy going disposition. No matter the day, Nate will always greet you with respect and a great smile. As a coach, I’ve seen the diminutive scrapper come back to the bench after taking a big hit, and thinking he would never return to the game. No matter the pain, Nate would grimace and say, “Next shift Coach, I’ll be good”. Nate is also a gifted player. He sees the ice very well, stickhandles, passes and a good shooter. There are really no flaws to his game, he a complete player.
Nate is most importantly a complete student/athlete. Nate’s education studies are taken very seriously, and his attention to classroom has looking at the finest institutions of New England. He has already applied and receive early acceptance at UMass Amherst, UNH and Stonehill and is awaiting responses from Brandeis, Holy Cross and WPI before making a final decision. Nate will studying Biology and trying to earn a spot into a Pre-Med program.
Nate’s parent’s Piia and Mario are so very proud to have watched Nathan skate as such a young hockey talent in Wilmington Youth Hockey and grow into the man he is today. The memories of his bonded friendships and teammates will outlast the memories of all the games and tournament victories.
(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Youth Hockey.)
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