While most of the state of Maine is still awaiting clearance to start playing competitive games, teams in Class B North are ready to get rolling. Here is a look at some of the teams:
Camden Hills (11-5-3)
The Windjammers will be led by junior goalie Jackson Bernier (7-3-3, 2.05 GAA, .898 save percentage) and senior netminder Will Gardner (4-2-0, 1.74 GAA and a .930 save percentage).
Upfront they will be led by two seniors in Levi Guay (13 goals, 13 assists) and Charlie Griebel (11 goals, five assists). Nolan Delehey is a hard-nosed defenseman.
Hampden Academy (14-2-4)
Khaleb Hale (15 goals, 10 assists) will lead the Broncos on offense as a junior as Cooper Leland graduated. They will need their depth players from a season ago – Mike Delahanty (three goals and two assists), John Vickery (two goals, four assists) and Morgan Tash (three goals) to make the next step.
Cooper Ryan put up solid numbers in goal as a junior with a 2.18 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Cam Henderson (three goals and 12 assists) and Parker Shawley (goal, six assists) will be the anchors on the blue line.
John Bapst (4-10-4)
Logan Beckwith is the team’s top returning scorer with 20 points while Steve Gilbert had 16 points last season. Aiden Dunn and Lucas Gagnon will provide depth. Emery Audibert will swing between forward and defense this year.
Sophomore Caleb Robbins is a transfer from Bangor and will add depth to the blue line. Gavin Bartlett is a returning goalie.
The Eagles will have a new bench boss as longtime Waterville coach Dennis Martin will lead the team this season.
Offensively the Eagles will be led by Myles Hammond (12 goals, 33 assists) while Bryce Crowell had 13 goals and three assists. Evan Hurtibise had a solid freshman season with six goals and four assists.
Defensively, the Eagles will be led by three juniors Jacob Thomas, Brady Doucette and James Jones. Mitchell Grant was the No. 1 goalie last year with a 9-4-2 record and a 3.48 GAA. His backup Giovanni Caccamo went 2-2 with a 4.20 GAA.
Cony/Erskine Academy/Hall-Dale/Monmouth (8-12-0)
The Rams return one of the top scorers from last season in Quincy Tobias (eight goals, four assists) along with fellow senior Tyrell Sousa (six goals, one assist), while junior Ayden Clark (two goals and five assists) will be a key contributor up front.
Juniors Reid Albison and Joseph Poulin will lead the defense. Matty Shea (2-7-0. 4.30 GAA and .796 save percentage) was a workhorse in goal as a sophomore but freshmen Tyler Pelletier and Landon Foster will push for time in in the crease.
Maranacook/Winthrop/Madison/Spruce Mountain (2-16-0)
Maranacook/Winthrop/Madison/Spruce Mountain will also be known as the Capital Region Hawks this winter and they look to build off a two-win season.
New head coach Richard Fortin expects seniors Owen Foster (two assists) and Sandor Doczy-Bordi (goal, assist) to lead the offense while junior Wyatt Lyons (goal) will be a secondary option. Juniors Evan Gourley and Isaac Parker will be key cogs on the blue line. Sophomore Matt St. Hilaire and freshmen Bennett Ross and Cam Dostie will make an impact up front as newcomers.
Max Dearborn (1-2-0 3.48 GAA and .878 save percentage) will get his chance to be the No. 1 starter this year in the Gardiner net as Quin Veregge graduated. Despite the lack of experience, head coach Tyler Wing believes the position is a strength for the team with junior Sean Doyle pushing for playing time.
The goalies will have two senior defensemen in front of them with Jon Flynn (goal, five assists), Hunter Vasvary (two goals, assist) and Evan Michaud providing depth. Scoring may come at a premium with junior Alex Grover (four goals, three assists) the leading scorer returning. Senior Ethan Boardman (three assists) and Nathaniel Luiz (two goals, assist) will also take a bigger role in the offense.
Old Town/Orono (15-5-1)
Depth on defense is the focal point of the Black Bears squad with four juniors returning in Conner McCannall (goal, four assists), Chase Campbell (four assists), Peyton Vose (two goals, five assists) and Tyler Kenney (goal, assist). They keep the puck away from junior goalie Aidan Rand (2.65 GAA and .89 save percentage).
Offensively there’s firepower in seniors Tanner Evans (22 goals, 20 assists) and Zach Needham (14 goals, eight assists) while juniors Adam Henderson (five goals, six assists) and Colby Pawson (two goals, four assists) will add some depth.
Presque Isle (12-5-1)
The Wildcats will have to replace the top line of Connor Demerchant, Gage Letourneau and Colby Carlisle who combined for 184 points as Demerchant graduated while Letourneau joined the Maine Moose 18U full season team and Carlisle joined the Twin City Thunder Premier League team.
Juniors Jonah Roy (11 goals and 10 assists) and Quinn Demerchant (four goals and 15 assists will be the offensive catalysts this season. Sophomore Dawson Kinney and freshman Garrett Letourneau will have to provide secondary scoring. Cameron Levasseur (two goals and four assists and Noah Roy (seven assists) bring experience on the blue line as seniors and newcomer Caleb Levesque will provide depth.
The Kennebec (Waterville/Winslow) Riverhawks will look to the top line this season with seniors Nate Newgard (16 goals, 16 assists) and Brandon Mason (10 goals, nine assists) leading the way. Junior Brandon Bearce (three goals, two assists) and senior Sam Lloyd (two goals, four assists) will be keys as well.
On the back end Jared Newgard had one assist as a freshman. He will be joined by freshman Donald Gurney. Junior Adam Sirois comes from the basketball team to become a goaltender.