Boys Prep Hockey – The Pre-Season Top 15: Salisbury, Avon Old Farms The Early Leaders; Keep An Eye On Brunswick, St. Sebastian’s

Gary Demopoulos
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 Pre-Season Top 15

2Avon Old Farms2224
6Kimball Union22111
7St. Sebastian’s1395
10Dexter Southfield1778
12Frederick Gunn School21105
14St. Mark’s2261
15St. George’s15130

It seems like yesterday when Avon Old Farms Taft and Lawrence Academy won NEPSAC championships, but here we are at the start of the 2023-24 Boys Prep season. It promises to be an exciting ride.

Last winter, it was rare to see Salisbury not included in the Elite 8 tournament field. The Crimson Knights did make it to the Large School title game, but have their eyes set on a return to the Elite field.

A lot of coaches feel that Salisbury (16-7-5) has re-stocked its roster and HNIB News will go with the Knights as our #1 in our Pre-Season Top 15.

Right behind at #2 is defending Elite 8 champion Avon Old Farms (22-2-4). The Winged Beavers will be there if they can replace the exploits of Stephen Peck in goal.

With 14 seniors who all played significant minutes back in the fold, these could be a banner campaign for #3 Brunswick (21-10-4).

#4 Cushing (25-3-4) led the prep ranks in wins a year ago, and reached the Elite 8 title game. Plenty of talent has moved on for the Penguins, but be sure that coach Paul Pearl has reloaded and will have his team ready to go.

Going on a hunch, we will go with Kent (12-12-2) at the #5 spot. The Lions return eight of their top nine scorers and four defensemen.

Lakes Region power Kimball Union (22-11-1) starts the year at #6. The Wildcats have depth throughout the lineup.

Speaking of returns, #7 St Sebastian’s (13-9-5) is loaded with them, having graduated nobody from last year’s club. If everything clicks, the Arrows could easily move up.

#8 Nobles (17-5-5) will be in a battle for the Keller Division title with St. Sebastian’s.

The defending Large School champions, #9 Taft (20-8-0) is hoping for even better things this winter.

Rounding out our first top ten will be Dexter Southfield (17-7-8) at #10. Dexter finished strong last season and looks to carry that momentum over. Coach Dan Donato reports his team will be “young but talented.”

Spots 11-15 go to #11 Holderness (19-7-3), #12 Frederick Gunn School (21-10-5), #13 Westminster (17-9-0), #14 St. Mark’s (22-6-1) and #15 St. George’s (15-13-0).

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