Class A North
The two time defending Class A state champion will try to make a three peat. They return some key pieces from those championship teams in senior forward Dustin Laracholle and junior forward Alex Robert. Junior forward Sam Frechette is expected to return to the team as he’s been skating with the L/A Nordiques of the NA3HL this fall.
Ryan Bossie will be leading the defense as a senior while Conrad Albert, Jacob Smith and Sean Chabot will vye time in goal this season. They will be missing Alex Rivet who transferred to the Middlesex School while Joe and Nick Bisson transferred to Hebron Academy.
The Bandits look to improve under second year coach Dakota Gendreau as they went 1-17 in his first year.
Cody Dixon brings the offense for Lawrence/Skowhegan as the forward scored five goals and eight assists as a freshman last season. Sam Craig had four goals and three assists as a junior. Senior Sean Savage had a goal and three assists splitting time as a forward and a defenseman. Ryan Savage had a goal and two assist.
Maine Central Institute has joined the fold and will have three players on the team. They are juniors Avery Gosselin and Seth Bussell and sophomore Isaac Bussell.
MT. ARARAT/LISBON/MORSE (7-11-0)
The Eagles will be replacing 12 seniors off the 2016-17 squad.
Junior Noah Austin had 16 goals and nine assists last season while Sam Alexander had 12 goals and four helpers Head coach A.J. Kavanaugh expects junior goalie Cam Charron and senior defenseman Cam Grant to be key contributors to the campaign this season.
Cam Poisson will make the transition from junior varsity as a junior while Cal Davies should get playing time on the blue line as a freshman defenseman.
ST. DOMINIC ACADEMY (8-10-0)
The Saints look for a bounce back season after sub -.500 campaign last winter.
They will be young with sophomore winger William Fletcher who had eight goals and eight assists last season as a freshman. MacKenzie Pelletier brings veteran experience as a senior after a seven goal and five assist junior campaign. Jacob Lewis provided solid secondary scoring as a freshman last year with four goals and five assists.
Jacques Ouellette will look to make an impact as a sophomore defenseman while Devon D’Auteuil looks to provide stability in goal as a junior. He will have fellow junior Gaston Fuksa and sophomore Alex Roy pushing for playing time in the crease.
Windham-Westbrook will look to try to for a winning season after a 6-12 season last winter.
They have solid contributors coming back in junior forward Derek Corbett who had nine goals and five assists as a sophomore. Seniors Cam Morrison had five goals and three assists while Keegan Pock also added five goals for seven points.
Junior Sean White eats up minutes in the crease as he played in all 18 games as a sophomore. Coach Greg LeClair has seven freshmen who are expected to see time at the varsity level this season.
The Rams are poised for another strong season after reaching the regional semifinals. Dalton Bowie will once again eat up minutes in goal as a senior. He will rely on Logan Leadbette and Tyler Dostie both senior defenders to clear pucks in front of them.
Up front the Rams are led by seniors Avery Pomerleau, Cole Lockhart and Riley Dowe to provide the offense. Four freshmen are expected to jump into line up as Tyrell Lewis, Duncan Hayes, Quincy Tobias are forwards while Elijiah Bezanson is a defender.
EDWARD LITTLE (5-13-0)
The Red Eddies will be under new leadership for the second straight season as they bring in Norm Gagne who had been coaching Scarborough. Gagne’s hockey career has come full circle as he was EL’s first goaltender in program history. He will be tasked to build off a 5-13 2016-17 season.
Gagne has plethora of upperclassmen. Up front he has senior Eli Thibault while Aaron Perkins and Ben Cassidy are juniors. On defense the Red Eddies will be have Alex Landry, a senior, while Aaron Keene and Cam Audette are juniors. In goal senior Ben Feldman and sophomore Gavin Toussaint both saw time last season.
The Rams look to get back to the Class A North regional final in 2017. If they do, they will do it without Derek Fournier who was their number one goalie the past few years as he graduated. In addition to a new number one goalie, they will be young on defense. Zach Cowperthwaite will be the leader on defense as a junior as he had three assists as a sophomore while Jacob Munroe had three goals and an assists as a freshman. Nick Boudreau and Dan Beal will lead the offense. Boudreau had 12 goals and four assists while Beal had nine goals and six assists.
POLAND/LEAVITT/OAK Hill/GRAY-NEW GlOUCESTER
The Kings look to improve from their first round playoff appearance last season. Senior Connor Cyr had 16 goals and 15 assists as a junior while Austin Taylor had four goals and five assists as a junior. Seniors Brandon Michaud and Garrett Derocher,look to make an impact as seniors after missing portion of last season due to injuries. Luda Anderhed is an exchange student from Sweden who should make an immediate impact as a forward. On defense, the Kings will be led by senior Bailey Drouin who had three goals and six assists. Nate Marcotte had three goals and three assists as a freshman. Junior Jayson Martin transfers in from St. Dom’s.
Class A South
The Tigers will be expecting another big season from seniors Logan Magnant, Colin Lavigne and junior Colin Petit again in 2017-18.
Lavigne had and Magnant each had 18 points which was tied for third on the team. Magnant had nine goals while Lavigne had six goals. Liam Turner will be a veteran presence on the backend as he had two goals and three assists as a junior. Freshman forward Nick McSorley should see playing time.
Coach Jason Tremblay expects both Owen Sullivan, a junior and sophomore Justin Lanerd to split the time in goal again this season. Sullivan went 5-4 with a 2.30 goals against average and a .894 save percentage. While Lanerd went 4-4 with a 2.17 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.
The Stags are poised for another deep run in the playoffs as they went to the regional final this past season.
They have the horses to do it with senior defenseman Michael Hatch, senior goalie Jason Halverson and senior forward Cam Dube all returning. Also returning are senior forwards Lukas Church and Marco Giancotti plus junior forward Colby Anton.
Noble has joined forces with Marshwood, Sanford and Traip this season after a long co-op with Wells.
The KnightHawks will be led by Henry Honkonen who led the team last season with 33 points after potting 21 goals. Junior Jared Tomblin had 12 goals and 17 assists as a sophomore. Nate DeWolf is expected to bring secondary scoring from the Noble/Wells team as he had seven goals and two assists as a junior.
Junior goalie Ethan Hammond saw majority of the action in Marshwood’s crease last year.
The Red Storm will be under new leadership this season as Jake Brown takes over for Norm Gagne, who took the Edward Little job. Brown, Gagne’s assistant the past few years has a tough task, having to replace 15 players from last season’s team.
He does have key players returning in goalie Brandon Wasser who went 8-6-1 with a 3.16 goals against average with a .893 save percentage. Erik Quirk is a steady defenseman and Patrick Clonan is expected to contribute offensively. Newcomers include forward Cam Budway and defenseman Ethan Jasa.
THORNTON ACADEMY (4-14-0)
The Golden Trojans expect to improve on their 4-14 record as they have 16 returning players in 2017-18.
Seth Dube has been a solid goaltender that gives Thornton a chance in every game. Up front junior Luke Chessie brings nine goals and seven assists from his sophomore campaign. Chandler Bilodeau will look to add to his six goal and five assist campaign.
Nolan Millett is a solid offensive defenseman as he had a goal and seven assists in 2016-17.
Returning to the team for his senior season is Reagan Wintle who spent last season with the Maine Wild of the NA3HL where he had eight goals and six assists in 36 games. As a sophomore, he had 10 goals and seven assists in 20 games with Thornton while skating in 20 games with the Wild.
MASSABESIC/OLD ORCHARD BEACH/BONNY EAGLE
After a 11-5-2 record last season, it appears to be a rebuilding year for the MOB as they are expecting 11 freshmen on the roster. They will be looking to replace their leading scorer in Tanner McClure who had 23 goals and 30 assists in 18 games last seasom.
Cam Roy is the returning leading scorer with 10 goals and eight assists in 13 games. Kurtis Morin and Alex Demers will log heavy minutes as sophomores on the blue line.
SOUTH PORTLAND/WAYNFLETE/FREEPORT (8-9-1)
The Red Riots will look to get above the .500 mark in 2017-18. They will be junior heavy on defense with Mitchell Adams and Atticus Patrick. Aidan Schifano should be a contributor offensively as a senior while Owen Patrick is a junior forward. Sophomores Deven Hannan and Gus Lappin should provide some scoring.
Coach Joe Robinson expects three sophomores to jump in the line up this season in Willets Myer and Austin Gross who are both defensemen while Eric Walker is a forward.
The Yachtsmen should be one of the contenders for the state title. They have plenty of returners as captain Brendan Hickey and Theo Hembre each had 22 points as juniors. Hickey had 13 goals while Hembre had eight goals.
Marcus Cady chipped in offensively with nine goals and eight assists while Louis Mainella had six goals and six assists. Garrett Tracey was a solid contributor defensively as a sophomore with four goals and five assists.
The Bulldogs had a solid season in 2016-17 that saw them reach the Class A South regional semifinals. They look to get back to Lewiston as they return some key returners in defenseman Donato Tocci who had 17 goals and eight assists while fellow defenseman Cam King had 13 goals and 12 assists.
Micki Silva had nine goals and seven assists as a freshman forward while Joe Herboldsheimer had five goals and eights assists. Joe Pichette returns to the team after spending last year with Hebron Academy.