Class A North
Edward Little (9-9-0)
The Red Eddies look to be a contender as veteran squad returns seven seniors. Up front they will be led by seniors Liam Benson, Matt Grenier, Matt Verrill and Zach Guimond. They have a solid junior class that includes Max Giard, Cody Woodward, Ryan Raby and Eli McBride.
On defense they will be led by seniors Tyler Couture and Ben Steele, while sophomores Alex Landry and Aaron Kane will also contribute. Devin Dumont could be one of the better goalies in Class A this year while sophomore Ben Feldman will also see time on the varsity team this season.
The Blue Devils will be one of teams that are on the shortlist to compete for the state championship in Class A. They could be a team that scores a lot of goals this year with seniors Kyle Morin, Brendon Croteau, Griffin Wade and Reid Pomerleau leading the charge. Juniors Jeromey Rancourt and Jean-Luc Dostie and sophomores Joe Bisson and Dustin Larochelle will provide scoring depth.
On the back end seniors Brady Cusson and Jonathan Sturgus will lead the defensive charge with junior Cole Ouellette, sophomores Ryan Bossie and Jayden Wilson also contributing this season. In goal, Sam Zashut and Jacob Strout will man the pipes.
Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse (3-15-0)
The Eagles look to be a team that will be challenging for one of the final playoff spots this season. Junior forward Tyler Halls will be the key offensive player on the team as he had five goals and seven assists last season. Juniors Tyler Lacascio Mark Abreu will look to step up their contributions this season as they had eight and seven points respectfully.
Junior Ryley Austin will be a leader on the defensive corps as he had four goals and six assisst while senior Andrew Gardiner will provide steady defense.Noah Austin is slated to start the year as a top six forward as a freshman. New coach A.J. Kavanaugh expects sophomore Matt Lawrence log key minutes on defense.
A new co-op team this season as Westbrook joins Windham after a 0-17-1 campaign last season. The new influx of talent will help as Windham/Westbrook will try to compete in the middle of the pack of Class A North. Tyler Johnson had 11 goals and 15 assists for Windham last season. Sophomore Keagan Pock chipped in with nine goals and four assists for Windham while senior Gage Chenard had seven goals and three assists.
Senior defenseman had four assists for Windham this past season. Alex LeBlanc (goalie), Greg Boutte (defense) and Jacob Coro (forward) are three players that are expected to play a role who came over from Westbrook.
The Rams look to be in the playoff picture this season. They return a very good goaltender in Tom Small while sophomore Dalton Bowie will be the backup.
Cam Wilson and Nate Foye are junior defensemen that are returning. Drew Keithly will be an offensive leader up front along with Brett and Tyler Sproul. Sophomore Avery Pomerleau will also provide some offense. They will hope newcomers like senior Riley Boivin, junior Cole Lockhart and freshmen Reed Hopkins and Michael Boivin will provide secondary offense.
The Bandits had a very good season as they went 11-6-1 last season. They return a heavy senior class with Alex Paul, Samuel Haver, David Washburn, Todd Gibbons, Jonathan Cook and Brady Martin.
They also have some key juniors in Curtis Martin, Dawson Gagne, Gunnar Hann and Nolan Despres. They have four sophomores in Sean Savage, Cole Bloom, Nick Reeves and Sam Craig.
St. Dominic Academy
The Saints are coming off another Class A State Championship appearance, but they are still looking for their first state title since 2000. They will have their third coach since longtime coach Bob Boucher retired from coaching in 2005. Bob Parker takes over from Steve Ouellette who resigned over the summer.
They will be one of the contenders in Class A North. They have senior forwards Austin Roy, Ryan Lutrzykowski and Isaac Lapointe. Junior Noah Toussaint made great strides last season. On defense, they will be led by Brendan Donovan and sophomore Gavin Bates who quickly became one of the Saints best defensemen last season. They return two goalies in senior Ridge Servidio and junior Kyle Welsh.
Goaltending will be the key to the success of the Bangor Rams. Derek Fournier is one of the better young goaltenders in the state as he saw a lot of time in his sophomore year.
Trevor DeLaite and Cam Cota will be the keys to the Rams offense as seniors while Charlie Budd and Ben Lane will find ways to contribute as sophomores. Ben Crichton will be the defensive leader on the team.
Class A South
The Tigers have been steady the last few years and are ready to be back as one of the top teams in Class A South. Biddeford returns two key components at the forward position in senior Kerry Crepeau and junior Ricky Ruck. Also helping up front is senior Joe Anders while Cody Sevigny will be a key cog on the blue line as a senior.
The Tigers always had very goaltending and they will have a new starter this season in Tom Green, who has impressed coach Rich Reissfelder the last couple of seasons when he made spot starts.
The Knights are coming off two strong seasons that brought them to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston for the Western (now known as South) Class A regional semifinals. They look to make it three years in a row as they bring back experience which is led by senior forward Noah Pease, who had 11 goals and 25 assists last season.
Senior defenseman Tyler Whitten chipped in with two goals and 16 assists while junior defenseman Evan Whitten had six goals and 10 assists. Sophomore defensive stalwart Ethan Marsh had a solid freshman year with four goals and six assists. Nate DeWolf had a strong freshman campaign as the forward had 12 goals and 10 helpers.
South Portland (10-9-0)
The Red Riots will be a team that will be looking to get better as the season goes along. They will only have one senior and three juniors on the roster. One of the juniors is goaltender Joe Grant who will likely get majority of the starts. Sophomore Jay Halvorsen will be the other goalie on the South Portland roster.
Coach Joe Robinson said the team will struggle to score goals and will rely on seniors Tyler Goldberg and sophomores Aidan Schifano and Max Winson. Robinson is high on freshman defenseman Mitchell Adams.
Thornton Academy (2-16-0)
After winning back-to-back Class A State Championships in 2011 and 2012 the Golden Trojans have been rebuilding. They return a healthy dose of players from last year’s squad including five seniors – Owen Eliott, Tanner McFarren and Logan Picard as forwards and Dayton Wintle and Zach Foss as defensemen.
Coming up from the junior varsity squad are two defensemen – senior Dalton Moore and junior Evan Balzano. Coach Jamie Gagnon has three sophomores who contributed last year as freshmen in Chandler Bilodeau, Nolan Millett and Reagan Wintle.
The defending Class A State Champions are primed to defend their title as they have a good core returning back. Up front they have seniors Matt Caron and Cam Nigro. Helping to lead the charge are juniors Cam Smith, Skylar Pettingill, Kyle Jacques,Thomas Marshall and Justin Perry.
On defense, they are returning Sean McDonald, Jack Callahan and Colin Hayward. In goal, they will have replace Ben Bragg. Senior Ross LeBlond moves up from the junior varsity team and sophomore Brandon Wasser was Bragg’s backup last season.
Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach/Bonny Eagle (6-10-2)
Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach/Bonny Eagle looks to be fighting for a playoff spot after a 6-10-2 record last season.
They will be a young team with junior Tanner McClure leading the way. Sophomore Cam Roy will be a big part of Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach/Bonny Eagle’s offense while Brandon Caron is a promising newcomer.
The Yachtsmen will once again be a contender in Class A. They will have to replace Travis Roy Award finalist Isac Nordstrom who’s doing a post graduate year at Kents Hill. They will be led by a junior class that includes Chris Camelio (12 goals, 22 assists), Rob Armitage (8 goals, 14 assists) and Henry Norris (12 goals and 4 assists). Junior defenseman Reece Armitage had three goals and nine assists.
Senior Hogan Tracey stepped up his game in the playoffs and will see top four minutes this season. Spencer Pierce will see more time in goal as a sophomore as coach Deron Barton likes his upside.
The Hawks look to build off of a 4-18 season in 2014-15. Senior Alex Weeks is a veteran goalie who can steal some games. Freshman Max Redfield is the other goaltender on the team. He will have a veteran defensive core in front of him in seniors John Lyman and Brandon Cagnina while Evan Cole and Andrew Grenier are juniors.
Up front newcomers, freshmen Henry Honkonen, Jarid Tomblin, Liam Reeve and Max Redfield will see plenty of ice time.
The Portland/Deering Bulldogs have a new coach this season with plenty of experience, as former University of Southern Maine coach Jeff Beaney has taking over the reigns. His experience of coaching a Division III college team will help the Bulldogs, who have made the playoffs the past two seasons.
He will rely on junior Mason Martel while sophomores Cam King and Joe Pichette will look to step up their games. Beaney doesn’t have too many seniors on the team, but Phil McCallum is expected to bring leadership. Both goaltenders are back from last year in senior Alex Girsch and junior Sam Segal.
Lake Region/Fryeburg Academy/Oxford Hills
The Ice Cats will be heavy on seniors and juniors at all three positions. Defensively they will have seniors Kaleb Currier and Nick Lepage who will have top minutes while junior Cam Hill will see his share of minutes.
In goal, Trent Spaulding will carry number one minutes. Up front, coach Dave Lepage will rely on returning juniors Huxley Lovering and Simon Misner to spark the offense while newcomers Jordan Ohayon, a junior, and Jared Chisari, a sophomore, will have to be secondary options.
The Stags went to the Class A West (now South) Regional Final before losing to the eventual state champions, Scarborough. They will get better as the season goes along as coach Dan Lucas wants his team to be a good skating team.
Senior left winger Luke Trickey will be the top returning offensive player while Michael Hatch will see big minutes as a sophomore. Jason Halverson is a sophomore goalkeeper who see bulk of the minutes in his first year of full-time varsity action.