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Walpole’s Paul Wagner inspired by his brother to pursue hockey dream

Paul Wagner
Paul WagnerPeter Cappiello

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Paul Wagner took control of the puck at the blue line and dumped it deep into the offensive zone against the Champion City Jets at the Foxborough Sports Center.

The pass by the 19-year-old defenseman from Walpole, however, was picked off, resulting in a turnover in the New England Pro-Am hockey’s John Cunniff Chowder Cup last week.

His coach on the South Shore Kings, Scott Harlow, had wanted Wagner to shoot the puck instead.

“Somebody tell Wags he’s playing for the big boys’ club,” Harlow said as he watched the play unfold from the home bench.

But the 5-foot-9 Wagner, whose older brother, Chris, skates for the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals, an affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, is well aware of where he is.

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