Notre Dame (18-9-0)
Always the favorite in the CVC, ND will spend most of the year trying to prepare for the private state tournament. The Irish bring back two big scorers in senior forwards Dakota Skove (28-32-60) and Connor Todaro (28-23-51) and will also count on sophomore Matt Sellers (15-12-17) up front and senior Ryan Seigel (4-11-15) at the back.
The likely top challenger will be led by seniors Connor McCormick (17-22-39), Jack Andres (21-8-29), and John Reid (12-13-25) and sophomores Brendon McCormick (11-13-24) up front, Eamonn McDonald on defense, and Sawyer Peck in goal.
Junior John Francis will lead the way offensively, while the addition of freshman Joe Pontrelli adds significant depth for the Ravens. Senior Jimmy Kenna and junior John Martin lead the defense, while a trio of goaltenders all gained experience last year.
Hopewell Valley (11-12-2)
HV will aim for more consistency in 2014-15 after dealing with a rash of injuries last year. Junior goalie Curtis Hart saw important minutes last year and takes over as the starter behind senior defenseman Chase Habig. Junior Gil Daley, senior Aubrey Toland, and sophomore Jack Boyer lead the Bulldog offense for head coach Bob Gialanella.
It is a crowded pack after the top four, with two co-op changes yielding new teams in West Windsor-Plainsboro North / Ewing and Lawrence / Hightstown. They will compete with West Windsor-Plainsboro South (11-12-1), Steinert (8-12-1), Paul VI (5-10-1), and Nottingham / Hamilton (0-17) for Mercer County Tournament seeding.