Boys Prep Hockey – The HNIB News Pre-Season Top 15: Usual Suspects Lead The Way

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Boys Prep Top 15

2Dexter Southfield
3Avon Old Farms
4Kimball Union
5Frederick Gunn School
8St. Sebastian's
9St. Mark's
12Loomis Chaffee
13Phillips Exeter

With everything we have been through for the last 20 months or so, there may not be a kick off to a prep school hockey season with as much excitement as the upcoming 2021-22 campaign.

While some schools were able to compete in some games last winter, many were not. In several cases, teams have not played a prep school game in over 600 days. With that said, there is a big unknown this winter, with several teams with rosters where the majority of players have not played in a prep school game.

When surveying coaches to name their pre-season Top 5 teams, a bunch indicated that there was not enough to go on. For the many coaches that did respond,  four teams stood out as potential teams to beat for this season.

One team that did play some games last winter, 15 to be exact, was #1 Salisbury. The Crimson Knights bring back a solid bunch from that group, and as usual, re-loaded with additional talent. Forwards Ben Poitras and Dylan Hryckowian are Northeastern commits.

Right behind at #2 is Dexter Southfield. If the Shields can get the right chemistry up front, there may be no stopping them. Forwards Will Hughes and Bobby Landry, and defenseman Matt Fusco are all committed to Harvard.

#3 Avon Old Farms has some great depth at forward. If the Winged Beavers can do what they are capable of defensively, they will be right there. Newcomers Nikita Nikora (Dartmouth), Brennan Ali (Notre Dame) and Matt Di Marsico (Penn State) are all D1 commits.

Many coaches were high on #4 Kimball Union, which will challenge for a Lakes Division crown during the regular season. The Wildcats start the season with five Division 1 commits: forwards Matthew Maltais (Nebraska-Omaha) and Tyler Wishart (Cornell). defensemen Duncan Ramsay (Vermont) and Kareem Alazem (RPI) and goalie Daniel Heroux (Vermont).

After those four teams, it is pretty wide-open, with several teams capable to doing big things.

Teams like #5 Frederick Gunn School, a youthful #6 Brunswick, and #7 Cushing, which has a new head coach in Paul Pearl, should be exciting to watch.

Rounding out our pre-season Top 15 are the ISL’s St Sebastian’s (Keller) and St. Mark’s (Eberhart) at #8 and #9, and Kent at #10.

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