The Irish hockey team was victorious over Bowling Green at the Compton Family Ice Arena on March 2nd on senior night.
Earned his first monogram as a junior in 2011-12 for the Irish ... reliable forward who plays within the system ... hard-working player who is a consummate team player ... brings a positive attitude and energy to every game and practice ... defensive-minded forward who is strong in his own end of the ice ... member of Notre Dame penalty-killing unit in `11-'12 ... one of two senior forwards on the Irish roster ... will continue to look for his first career goal in 2012-13 ... saw action in 26 games during his junior year and had three assists for three points ... has played in 49 career games with five assists for five points ... joined the Notre Dame roster after playing one season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the Tri-City Storm ... was originally drafted by the Waterloo Black Hawks in the seventh round (76th overall) of the 2007 USHL Draft and his rights were traded to Tri-City ... following in his father's footsteps as Kevin Nugent, Sr., played for the Irish from 1974-78, playing in 131 games for Lefty Smith, scoring 54 goals with 75 assists for 129 career points to rank 25th on all-time points list ... one of three Notre Dame hockey players to follow in their father's footsteps by playing hockey for the Irish ... is joined by current freshman teammate Mario Lucia whose father, Don Lucia `81, played from 1977-81 and former goaltender Rory Walsh `06 whose dad, Brian Walsh `77, played from 1973-77 ... just the fourth native of Connecticut to play for the Irish joining Mark Anquillare `84-86 (West Haven), Paul Harris `00-'01 (Ridgefield) and Don Smith `73-'74 (Westport) ... one of 17 alums of the USHL on the Notre Dame roster ... signed in the late-signing period (spring `09) along with goaltender Mike Johnson.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 26 of Notre Dame's 40 games in 2011-12 ... recorded three assists for three points ... had four penalties for eight minutes ... was -1 on the year ... notched first point of the year when he set up a Nick Larson goal in 4-1 win at Lake Superior State (Nov. 25) ... second assist came at Alaska on Jan. 28 when Nugent carried the puck into the Nanook zone before setting up Stephen Johns for final Notre Dame goal in 4-2 win ... stole an errant Michigan State pass before setting up freshman Peter Schneider for second goal of the game in 2-0 shutout of Michigan State on Feb. 24 ... saw action in all four postseason games without picking up a point
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in six games during the 2010-11 campaign ... had one assist for one point ... had one penalty for two minutes ... was +3 on the year ... saw first action of the season against Michigan State (Nov. 19) ... also saw action versus Northern Michigan, Canisius, Alaska, Ohio State and Miami ... assisted on lone Irish goal in 4-1 loss to Alaska at the Joyce Center (Jan. 15) ... did not play in any postseason games.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 17 games during his rookie year ... picked up one assist for one point ... had no penalties on the year and was -2 ... recorded eight shots on goal ... made first appearance in the lineup versus Alabama-Huntsville (Oct. 10), registering one shot on goal ... picked up first career point when he helped set up Patrick Gaul's first collegiate goal in the 6-1 win at Lake Superior State (Jan. 22) ... had a career-high two shots on goal versus Ohio State (Oct. 31) ... did not play in any postseason games.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Taft Prep School in Watertown, Conn. ... attended New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Conn., for three years ... played one season in the USHL for the Tri-City Storm ... was seventh on the 2008-09 Storm roster in scoring with nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points ... had two power-play goals on the year with 12 minutes in penalties ... played the `07-'08 season at the Taft Prep School in Watertown, Conn. ... served as team captain while scoring 11 goals with 22 assists for 33 points in 32 games ... in three seasons at New Canaan, scored 41 goals and 55 assists for 96 points in 50 games ... team advanced to state high school semi-finals in `03-'04 and `04-'05 and the finals of the `05-'06 tournament ... served as team captain in his final year ... played for Team New England at 2006 USA Select 17's ... served as captain of Mid-Fairfield Midget AAA squads that represented New England region at `07 and '08 U.S. national championship tournament .... son of Kevin and Teri Nugent ... full name is Kevin Patrick Nugent ... has two sisters, Kristen and Kaitlin and one brother, Kris ... sister, Kristen `05 and father, Kevin `78 are Notre Dame graduates ... born in New Canaan, Conn. ... marketing major in the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.