In the one season Nick Cafarelli played in Wenatchee, he left a lasting impression. He’s currently preparing for his sophomore season at the University of New Hampshire, an NCAA Division I program located in Durham, NH that competes in the Hockey East conference.
Cafarelli came to Wenatchee from Cushing Academy near his hometown of Middleton, MA where he averaged better than a point per game over a 33-game season. He carried better than a point per game average over a three-year high school career at Austin Prep. He posted 40 points in 42 games to lead the Wild in 2019-20 and was named the team’s Top Forward.
Two players who would become teammates with Cafarelli in Wenatchee gave him some positive feedback about their experience following a visit to the Wolves Den. Drew Bavaro and Tyler Young came to an agreement to join the Wild shortly after their visit, and Cafarelli followed suit.
After a lifetime of dreaming about playing college hockey, the effects of the coronavirus rendered his freshman season a bit anticlimactic. “My college experience has been as expected in some aspects”, he reflects. “The hockey part of it was expected as far as pace, competitiveness, and physicality. It was definitely different playing in an empty rink for my first collegiate games.”
On the academic side, he’s yet to officially declare his major but is currently looking into entrepreneurship with a minor in sports management.