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A Muskegon native, Nigel is the son of former Muskegon Mohawks and Lumberjacks Forward Neil Hawryliw, who currently serves as the L.C. Walker Arena and Event Center’s General Manager. After bouncing around through numerous hockey towns growing up, Nigel and his family settled down in Muskegon where he began playing youth travel hockey. As time went along, Nigel went on to play hockey and golf for Mona Shores High School capturing an MHSAA State Championship in both sports.
Following his high school career, Nigel continued to pursue his passion for the game of hockey playing collegiately for the Muskegon Community College Hawks and helping the team capture the 2003 American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Championship. From there, Nigel continued his collegiate career with the Panthers of Davenport University while completing his degree in Business Administration Management.
After college, Nigel played semi-professional hockey for the Muskegon Fury from 2004-06 followed by brief stints with the Quad City Mallards, Battle Creek Revolution, Chi-Town Shooters, Chicago Blaze, and West Michigan Blizzard. Throughout his professional career, Nigel recorded 81 goals and 87 assists in 143 career games combined between all six teams. In addition, Nigel claimed both a United Hockey League (UHL) and All-American Hockey League (AAHL) title with Muskegon and Chi-Town, respectively.
When his hockey playing days were over following the 2010-11 season, Nigel went back to his second sports passion in golf playing at various professional courses all over the country while also working at high-end country clubs with his most recent golf job being in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada.
Recently, Nigel left the bright lights of Las Vegas to return back home to tend to the bright lights of the L.C. Walker Arena and Event Center and pursue his dream of helping develop young hockey stars to achieve their maximum potential in a place where his dreams began as a little boy.