T-hawks' Truex heading to Nichols College

Precision. Power. Hockey.

This motto of the Puget Sound Tomahawks might best describe one of its best players over the past two seasons — captain forward Mike Truex.

But for the 21-year-old from Los Angeles, it’s time to move on.

“I didn’t think I’d like it in Washington, being from California,” Truex said. “You hear about how it rains all the time. But Washington has kind of turned into my home. My girlfriend, her family, just the people in general. I’m really going to miss it.”

That’s because Truex will be lacing his skates up for the Nichols College Bison in Dudley, Mass. After leading the Tomahawks to two playoff berths behind a 60-16-4 record over two seasons, culminating in a berth in the Cascade Cup finals last season, Truex has received a substantial scholarship to the NCAA Division III school, which competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

“The school costs about $29,000 a year if you live on campus,” Truex said. “Pretty much everything is going to be taken care of. And academically, it’s one of the best schools on the East Coast.”

Highly regarded by the Bison, Truex said he’ll already be in some familiar company once he arrives.

“I talked to the coach (Lou Izzi) about once a week,” Truex said. “One of my linemen (with the Tomahawks, Chase Ambuter) is also going. And I know one of their assistant coaches already (Jeff Pellegrini).

Pellegrini is also the head coach of the Boston Jr. Blackhawks, a National Jr. B team on which Truex played prior to the Tomahawks.

While playing for the Blackhawks and the Salem Icedogs, Truex said he got to go up against some of the East Coast collegiate teams in exhibition matches.

“When I was playing back there, we had exhibitions against some of the college teams,” he said. “Not to be big headed, I just want to go dominate.”

After playing two years on the East Coast, Truex decided to test

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