Connecticut Division I Poll
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One more time, that pet dumb fact: Since 1990, no class has graduated from Fairfield Prep without at least one Connecticut Division I championship.
Well, OK, it will probably come up once more in March, whether this class unfortunately breaks the streak, or this class carries on the tradition and takes the title back from the FCIAC public schools. The Jesuits, as seems to happen almost every year, are our Hockey Night in Boston preseason No. 1. They have a lot back, including a big-game goalie.
It seems as if archrival Notre Dame-West Haven is often in the No. 2 spot as the coaches see it, too. The Green Knights should remain in the mix.
Conference rival Xavier, one of the younger programs in the division, came in close behind at No. 3, though, building toward possibly its first appearance in a state final.
Defending champion Ridgefield came in at No. 4, and again, the coaches that like the Tigers liked them a lot. As the voting shook out, they were at the top of a run of public schools, with old-school power Hamden at No. 5, Greenwich at No. 6 (with some big supporters for a team with some depth), New Canaan at No. 7, and 2015 and 2016 champion Darien at No. 8.
There was no real consensus beyond that. We’ll give last year’s runner-up, Northwest Catholic, a look at No. 9 though the Lions have key players to replace. And No. 10 West Haven also has some holes to fill but always tends to be competitive.