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Mass. Boys HS: Division 2 Pre-Season Top 15 – Defending Champ Canton Remains Team To Beat

Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 15

5Boston Latin1743
15Bishop Feehan1183

Canton went wire-to-wire in Division 2 in 2018-19, going unbeaten and rolling to the second state championship in program history. There’s no reason to change anything to start 2019-20, as the Bulldogs remain in the top spot in the HNIB News Mass. D2 Boys preseason rankings. John Hagan, who had a hat trick in the state final, returns to lead the way.

Lincoln-Sudbury’s postseason ended earlier than expected, but the #2 Warriors return hungry and poised for bigger things.

#3 Tewksbury won the Division 2 North championship before falling to Canton in the state final at TD Garden, but the Redmen have more than enough back to make another deep run.

#4 Masconomet is another team that had its playoff plans derailed, but the Chieftains will ride standout goalie Tucker Hanson again in the Cape Ann League.

#5 Boston Latin makes its three MVC/DCL 2 teams in the top five, but the Wolfpack potentially are as good as any of them.

#6 Norwood gave Canton as tough a game as any team in the 2019 postseason, and a Chuck Allen-coached squad never can be overlooked.

There might not be much separating the favorites atop the Northeastern Conference, where #7 Danvers and #8 Marblehead are expected to battle it out for supremacy.

The same can be true in the Tri-Valley League, as both #9 Medfield and #10 Westwood join Norwood to give that league three teams in the top 10.

#11 Lynnfield and #12 Triton are among the teams hoping to challenge Masconomet’s place on the perch atop the Cape Ann.

#13 Stoneham never can be counted out after battling through a schedule rich with strong Division 1 programs in the Middlesex League.

At #14, Scituate hopes it has enough firepower to challenge for first place in the Patriot League’s Fisher Division.

Likewise, #15 Bishop Feehan will try to reclaim the Eastern Athletic Conference for the first time in four seasons.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Gloucester, Medway, North Attleboro, Plymouth North, Whitman-Hanson, Wilmington, Winthrop

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark has covered Massachusetts high school hockey for three decades, and joins Hockey Night in Boston for the 2019-20 season. Previously he was the lead high school hockey writer for 19 years for the Boston Herald, where he also worked full-time on the copy desk in the sports department and served as the paper's 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 and reporter for the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass.
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