Nicholas Toth, 12, of New Milford, demonstrated over this summer that his talent for ice hockey goaltending isn't limited to the winter season.

The local youth captured first place in his division in Orlando, Fla., at the International Goaltending Competition championships (, part of the Pee Wee 2000 Travel Hockey division.

To participate in the finals, the son of Mark and Kathy Toth first had to showcase his skills in five regional competitions in Boston, where he captured goaltending honors and also earned first place in a speed skating competition.

Regional winners then advanced to the championships at the RDK Ice Den in Orlando July 28-29.

Now a seventh-grade student at Schaghticoke Middle School in New Milford, Nick has been a hockey goalie for the past seven years.

He currently plays for the Connecticut Junior Wolfpack and, for the past four years, has trained with former New York Rangers goaltender Stephen Valiquette at the Stephen Valiquette Goaltending School (

"When I got the news that Nick won I wasn't surprised at all," said Mr. Valiquette. "Nick is an extremely passionate and competitive kid. I can teach anybody to be a technically sound goaltender, but with Nick, his competitiveness will undoubtedly shine through in an event like this.

"I'm very proud of this young man," he added. "on and off the ice."