A look at Maine Class A hockey programs.
The Red Eddies expect to be one of the contenders in Class A.
They have depth at the forward position with Wes Clements, Jack Keefe Aiden Gonzales, and Campbell Cassidy expected to be the go-to scoring options. Trey Coulombe, Tate Morse, Gavin Foss, and Payton Dyer will be secondary options.
Coach Norm Gagne expects EL to be a sound defensive team with eight returning defenders. Senior Ben Furbush and juniors Gavin Levesque, Brody Keefe, and Caleb Albert expected to log the most minutes. Junior Gage Ducharme is an experienced goalie at the varsity level, with sophomore Cam Dufour pushing for playing time.
It’s a new era for the Lewiston program with Jamie King taking over as head coach after Jamie Belleau stepped away in the summer after 13 seasons to become a boys’ assistant coach at North Yarmouth Academy.
The Blue Devils will bring in seven players with no or very little varsity experience. At forward is where Lewiston has the most depth. Senior Evan Knowlton will lead the group while getting contributions from Tanner Anctil (junior), Dylan Blue (sophomore), and Cody Dionne.
On defense, senior Andon Cox, junior Luke Pomerleau, and sophomore Ethan Blue will be the three to watch for. Juniors Ben Cloutier and Evan Greaton will push for playing time after Kim McLaughlin graduated.
St. Dom’s will be extremely young with only one senior in forward Colin Casserly. He will have juniors, Erik Jones and Colby Levasseur joining him along with sophomores Ethan Pelletier and Timothy Ouellette.
Coach Daniel D’Auteuil expects freshman forwards Curtis Wheeler, Aidan Belanger, and Cus Langlois to bring solid depth at forward.
Junior Miles Frenette will have three sophomore defenders Peter Hayes, Ridge Dionne, and Thomas Casserly helping him on the blue line. Freshmen defensemen Damien Theberge and Luke Davidson are going to see playing time. Sophomore Jayden Lynn will the starter in goal to start the season.
The Golden Trojans should be in the mix at the end of the season.
Coach Jamie Gagnon expects seniors Colby Bilodeau and Alex St. John along with juniors Shane Bergeron and Kyle Lesieur to lead the offense.
Juniors Heath McLean and Lucas Hubbard are two veterans on defense who will be joined by newcomer Brady Corson who is also a junior. Senior Gage Tarbox-Belanger will be the No. 1 goalie for Thornton Academy.
Falmouth has made a mascot change going from the Yachtsmen to the Navigators. With the change, the Navigators hope to compete for the Class A Championship, after a few down years. They will have to replace the Travis Roy Award winner Owen Drummy.
They do have veteran forwards returning in seniors Charlie Adams, Xavier Grenier, and Nick Fischetto. Joining them are juniors Sam Belliveau and Mich Ham while freshman Thomas Healey will have an impact this season.
Defensively, seniors Sean MacDonald and Dom Tracy will lead the team. Sophomore Caden Barnard will add some depth. Junior Chase Bevan will be the No. 1 goalie to start the season.
BIDDEFORD/OLD ORCHARD BEACH/MASSABESIC
Justin Demeule, Chase Magnant, and Caden Petit will be the offensive leaders this season for coach Jason Tremblay.
Juniors Jaime Sperlich and Jake Fleurent will be cornerstones on the Biddeford/OOB/Massabesic defensive unit.
Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse returns a solid core of players in front of all-conference goaltender Sean Moore. The senior netminder will keep the Eagles in every game. Last year, he had a 3.50 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.
Coach AJ Kavanaugh expects the offense to be better. Johnny Hole (four goals, five assists) and Jacob Fullerton (three assists and five assists) will be two key forwards with Zander Kirk and Bryce Poulin being secondary options.
Alex Witwicki (two goals, four assists) and Hunter Merryman (goal and three assists) will lead the defense.
The Red Storm are looking to get contributions from forwards Sam Rumelhart, Jack Hart, and Will Fallona. Scarborough has three experienced defensemen returning in Jack Carlista, Brady Clough, and Thomas Hassett.
Senior Chris Lafferty and junior Keegan Weed will push each other for playing time in goal. Coach Eric Wirsing expects the team to be a contender come the playoffs.
Coach Joe Robinson expects Cullen Adams, Dylan Hannan, Roan Hopkins, and Brady Frank to be among the top forwards in the state.
Ian Wright, Conor Corcheran, and Richie Gilboy will be key cogs on the blue line. Junior goalie Jasper Curtis returns with freshman Henry Curtis expected to push for playing time.
The Rams will have one of the most experienced goalies in the states in senior Jake Hirsch.
Bangor has three upperclassmen who will lead the offense. They are Cooper Ireland (senior), Dan McCarthy (senior), and Dan McCarthy (junior). Junior Josh Ryan will lead the defense.
Coach Quinn Paradis expects sophomore newcomers Jackson Guimond, Michael Miscone, Miles Randall, and Ty Walker to contribute this season.
LAKE REGION/FRYEBURG ACADEMY/OXFORD HILLS
Caleb Micklon had an outstanding shortened sophomore season with eight goals and nine assists in 10 games. The forward will also have senior Matt Aker (three goals and three assists) as a running mate this season. Newcomers Wyatt Knightly (senior), Neil Heath (freshman), and Jacob Lemerely (freshman) are expected to contribute offensively.
Kadan Neureuther is the lone returning defender and he will have a young group of Myles Garland (freshman) and Myles Wooster (sophomore) that will see playing time on the backend.
Noah Grant is a senior goalie and will have sophomore Nathan Metcalf pushing for playing time.
WINDHAM/WESTBROOK/BONNY EAGLE/SACOPEE VALLEY
The Trailblazers will have 21 players that are freshmen or sophomores.
At the forward position, they have three senior veterans in Aiden Hartwell, Bobby Fothergill, and Cole Washburn, who will lead the young group.
Senior Logan Caron will be an important defenseman, with sophomores Lucas Laforest and James Ritter will continue to grow. Juniors Isaac White and Porter Krause will battle for time in the crease.
New head coach Jayson Lessard is expecting the Knighthawks to improve as the season goes on.
Seniors Braden Butler, Anthony Newton, Oscar Champman will lead the offense, and Tommy Demeroto (junior), Andrew Brayne (junior), and Bradley Wentworth (sophomore) will also be options at the forward position.
Nathan Jalbert (senior) and Ryan Dumont (junior) will lead the blue line. TJ Brown (senior) and Sumner Wood (junior) will be the goalies.