Lyons captain Wink lets his scoring do the talking
Darien, IL - Sunday, February 24, 2013: Lyons' Nick Wink (6) moves in and scores a goal vs Fox Valley. | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 1, 2013 6:37AM
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is a quiet, but strong leader on the ice.
Lyons’ version of “Captain Serious” would be senior Nick Wink.
“He was named captain because of his play,” said Lyons goaltender Paolo Delfini. “He doesn’t talk much, trust me, but he’s a silent leader. He’s a lead-by-example guy. He works hard, comes to practice everyday. I don’t think he’s ever missed practice.”
Wink’s hard work shows, too. In 29 games this season, Wink has 31 goals, 18 assists and 115 shots on goal. He has 65 goals and 62 assists in his Lions career.
He bought into hockey at a very young age.
“My parents said one day I saw it on TV and I got hooked,” he said. “Then they bought me gear and here I am.”
Wink’s non-aggressive nature has helped lead the Lions to success and he’s put a positive vibe out to all who watch him play.
“He’s very humble and quiet, but he’s also a very clean player and definitely represents the team well,” said Lyons team manager Carla Nuzzo.
This season Wink has only sat in the penalty box for six minutes. He’s been there just 12 minutes in his career.
“He’s outstanding, truly a silent leader,” said Lyons assistant coach Morris Snitowsky. “He’s a great kid, he’s great for the team, he’s an extremely hard worker and deserves the ‘C’ on his sweater.”
Wink tries to be a role model for younger players coming up to varsity.
“I like to show everyone how to play,” Wink said. “I have a year or two of varsity experience and I know what it’s like to be here and to get wins and I like helping the team.”
Through Lyons’ first 15 games in Suburban League action, Wink led the circuit in scoring with 17 goals and 19 assists. He’s going in the right direction to live up to his favorite NHL player, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos.
“(Stamkos) plays really great and I’d like to model myself after him,” said Wink. “He’s got a great shot and he scores a lot of goals and that’s what I like to do.”
Wink tallied two goals and two assists in Lyons’ win over Fox Valley Sunday to advance to the finals of 2013 Cougar Cup.
“The playoffs are going to be tough, but I’m ready,” he said. “I know a lot of guys will be nervous but we’ll just practice hard and come prepared and it’ll be a good game.”
Wink hasn’t decided where he wants to attend college, but has his mind set on lacing up his skates again next year.
“I definitely want to be out there,” Wink said. “Not sure where yet, I applied to a couple of places, but I just want to play.”