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Boys Prep Preseason Top 15: Loaded Salisbury gets the early nod; Keep an eye on Lawrence Academy, Dexter Southfield

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Salisbury2521
2Kimball Union3052
3Lawrence Academy21101
4Dexter Southfield2042
5Gunnery20112
6Cushing2291
7Phillips Exeter2462
8St. Sebastian's19101
9Northfield Mt. Hermon2373
10Thayer17121
11Avon Old Farms13110
12Rivers2722
13Brunswick18124
14Trinity Pawling1385
15Tilton11141

KIMBALL UNION, champions of the last two Elite 8 tournaments, begins the year ranked #2.

The 2018-19 Boys Prep hockey season promises to be an exciting and competitive one. Most teams have reloaded with lots of talent, making the race to the coveted post-season berths one to watch over the next three months.

New head coaches in the prep ranks this year include Chris Nagy at BB&N, Mike Doyle at Brewster Academy, Rod Simmons at Bridgton, Michael Kennedy at Brunswick, Brian McGuirk at Governors Academy, Tim Wolford at Hoosac, Larry Cockrell at Kents Hill, Mike Warde at North Yarmouth Academy, Cody Staves at Vermont Academy, Brian Troy at Winchendon and Dustin Good at Wyoming Seminary.

Here is the HNIB News Preseason Top 15, which this year includes input and expertise from many prep school coaches.

Brunswick players celebrate the 2018 Large School title, the school’s first
New England crown

Boasting 11 Division I commits on its roster, Salisbury (25-2-1), last year’s Elite Tournament finalist, gets the nod at #1.  The Crimson Knights will have as much depth as anyone.

Two-time Elite Tournament champion Kimball Union (30-5-2) lost a host of blue-chip players that helped fuel the last two title runs. Still, there is plenty to talent returning, and you know coach Tim Whitehead has brought in impressive newcomers. Don’t sleep on this team.

New England Small School defending champion Lawrence Academy (21-10-1) got a lot of love from fellow coaches and rightfully so. The Spartans return the majority of their key players and have bolstered their attack with additional talent. They definitely will be in the mix for a Keller Division crown and potential Elite 8 berth.

#4 Dexter Southfield (20-4-2) should make a strong run at another Elite 8 tournament berth. Coach Dan Donato’s squad will be strong defensively, anchored by senior goaltender Derek Mullaly.

The Gunnery (20-11-2) rounds out our preseason Top 5. The Highlanders will boast a lot of depth.

Last year’s Large School champion, Brunswick (18-12-4) starts the season at #13. Longtime assistant Kennedy takes over the head coaching duties this winter.

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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