2013-14 SALEM NEWS GIRLS HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
If the winter of 2013-14 is the last time Nicole Woods plays ice hockey competitively, she’ll have gone out with arguably the most prolific season ever by a local female skater.
A senior center and captain of the Panthers, Woods amassed 70 points this winter. In doing so, she set Beverly High and area single season records while becoming the fifth Massachusetts girl to ever hit that mark.
Woods has an accurate shot that produced 30 goals and a selfless approach that led to 40 assists. The co-MVP of the Northeastern Hockey League is known for her impeccable skating and her competitiveness over the full 200-foot sheet.
”Nicole had a sensational season,” said Beverly head coach Brian Seabury. “She plays all over the place. She’s a three-zone player; her support all over the ice is fabulous.”
A Shriners all-star and recipient of the MIAA/Boston Bruins Sportsmanship Award, Woods is also Beverly’s career leader in goals (84), assists (85) and points (169). She centered the most productive line the area has ever seen and helped the Panthers win a state tournament game in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever.
”She’s the ultimate leader. The ultimate team player,” Seabury said.
A two-time Salem News all-star in hockey, Woods is also a two-time Salem News field hockey Player of the Year and becomes just the second student-athlete since 2005 to be News Player of the Year in two completely different sports. She’s a nationally regarded recruit in field hockey, which she’ll play at the University of Louisville.
“She’s on to bigger and better things in field hockey,” said Seabury. “But as far as ice hockey goes, she has to be regarded as one of the best.”