MONROE - A Monroe High School senior who broke his neck during a hockey game several months ago faces a long recovery, but remains in high spirits, according to his family.

Mike Nichols was hit by another player during a game in January, forcing him into the boards head-first. He has had no feeling from his chest-down ever since the incident. The Monroe hockey team rallied around his No. 23, dedicating its season to Nichols and raising money for his family.

"The good thing about Mike is his attitude,” said his father, Steven Nichols. “His attitude remains positive and that's a big part of the battle. If he wins that battle, we're on our way to recovery."

The New Jersey Devils handed the family a check for $25,000 after former team members played in a charity hockey game.

"This one hits home a little differently with Mike Nichols and the situation he goes through,” said Bruce Driver, former team captain. “We're pulling for him."

Nichols is at Kessler Rehab Center and his health is still volatile. He had to go back to the hospital this past week because of mucus in his lungs. His family says at times, he is suffering.