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November 2014

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40 NICHOLAS ALVIN MAY BE ONLY 7 YEARS OLD, but he already has aspirations to be a goalie. "I'm not afraid of it," said young Nicholas, who plays for the New Jersey Colonials youth hockey team based out of Morristown, N.J. "I like going down on the ice, going after the puck, making saves. It's a lot of fun." Nicholas, whose goalie stick stands taller than him, is also a big New Jersey Devils fan and idolizes a certain future Hall of Fame goalie. "I like Marty," Nicholas said of former Devils' netminder Martin Brodeur, who is no longer with the club after 20 seasons. "I'm going to miss Marty." Mikita Bogatyrev is only 6 years old and doesn't know he owns the same name as Chicago Blackhawk legend Stan Mikita. But the pint-sized left winger also shares a simi- lar offensive affinity for the game. "I score goals," little Mikita said. "I like that. It's not hard. I scored four goals and had two assists in my last game." These are just two of the 1,000 young faces that converged on the Wayne Ice Vault and the Ice Works Ice Rink recently for the Atlantic District's Mite Jamboree, a two-day hockey festival featur- ing aspiring hockey players, all aged 8 and younger. N.J. Jamboree Provides Big Fun For Some Of The Game's Smallest Players PHOTOS BY Michael Carmo Photography NOVEMBER. 2014 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM the Mite Stuff By JIM HAGUE

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