Connecticut D3 Preseason Top 10: With Defending Champ Gone, Sheehan Big Favorite; Newington Co-Op Adds On

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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Connecticut Boys Division 3 Top 10

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Sheehan 1451
2Newington Co-op1770
3Joel Barlow/Weston/Abbott Tech1390
4Hall-Southington5132
5Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks6122
6Tri-Town12102
7Wilton9101
8New Milford 11110
9Northeastern6141
10Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury6131

Sheehan reached the Division 3 state championship game a year ago before falling short. But with Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug moving up to Div. 2 (along with Daniel Hand), that opens the door for the Titans to move into the #1 spot to start the 2019-20 season.

#2 Newington’s co-op grew by another school in the offseason, welcoming players from Canton for the first time, and many coaches believe the Indians can be a big factor in the race after reaching the semifinals last season.

A wealth of depth and talent puts #3 JBWA right in the mix as well to open the season.

Hall-Southington had a disappointing season a year ago, but drops into Div. 3 this season and has plenty of pieces back and a well-rounded squad that checks in at #4. Likewise with #5 SGWL, which also shifts into Div. 3 after missing the postseason a year ago. A young squad is back with more experience and ready to climb in the standings.

#6 Tri-Town is a team some like to make noise in the postseason, while #7 Wilton, #8 New Milford, #9 Northeastern and #10 Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury round out the preseason rankings.

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