Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Greater Boston League Preview: New Look This Year

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the 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/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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The GBL is back on the ice after a quick turnaround, playing its 2021 season during the MIAA’s “wedge” season and wrapping things up in late April. Things have changed a bit in the past few months, as Everett has now absorbed Revere and Malden as part of a larger co-op program, leaving the GBL with just four teams. The league’s other co-op, the Lynn Jets, enter the season with a new coach, and all teams will try to chase down two-time defending champion Somerville.

EVERETT/REVERE (2-4-0)

Coach: Alex Naumann

MIAA Division:

The co-op team now brings in players from four schools, with the additions of Revere and Malden to the existing roster from Everett as well as Mystic Valley. How Naumann melds the roster in the early season could go a long way in determining the Tide’s success.

Right wing David Saia has been a stalwart for Everett in recent seasons and will lead the way again along with center Jacob Cantone.

Left wing Austin Annunziato is one of the newcomers from Revere/Malden who will step right into the lineup along with right wing Alexio Trichilo.

Shamus Royds and Jacky Summers are the top defense pairing, and Jeff Moran the starter in net for the Tide entering the season.

LYNN (0-5-0)

Coach: Brian Boisson

MIAA Division: 1

Boisson, who also is president of Lynn Youth Hockey, takes over the Jets program that remains a co-op of the city’s three public schools – Lynn English, Lynn Classical and Lynn Tech.

The Jets will be looking to forwards Jaylen Porter and Devin Copithorne, defenseman Stevan Downey, and goalie Steven DiFilippo to try to break through and have some success in the GBL this season.

Boisson says “hard work, determination, and team defense” will be the keys to success for the Jets this season.

Aidan Doherty Medford

MEDFORD (6-2-1)

Coach: Shawn Bates

MIAA Division: 2

Traditionally a Division 1 program, and once one of the state’s powers during the playing days of Mustangs legend (and longtime NHL player) Bates, Medford will be making the move down to Division 2 for this season.

Medford also will be looking to get back to the top of the GBL after falling just short during the MIAA’s “Fall II” season last April.

“We are going to need a little bit of everything in order to be successful this season,” Bates said.

Much of the experience is at forward, led by sophomore Tyler Taddia (6-5-11). Seniors Robbie Shumway (5-3-8) and Sean Macgilvary (3-4-7) are two other veterans up front, along with junior Devon Page (1-7-8).

The Mustangs will be relying on senior Aidan Doherty (0-2-2) to lead the defense.

SOMERVILLE (5-0-1)

Coach: Chris Capasso

MIAA Division: 2

The Highlanders return a solid cast of seven seniors who played key roles in the Highlanders’ second GBL championship in as many years, poised for try to make it three in a row in Capasso’s second season behind the bench.

Right wing Tenzin Gesar was an alternate captain last season and will lead the veteran group with centers Nicholas Cicerone and Nathan Doe, right wings Brendan Jones and Aidan O’Donovan, and defenseman Evander Gosselin Neves. Senior Aidan Slattery is a newcomer to watch.

Juniors Dillon Marujo, Alexander Morgan and Brady Roche are back on the blue line, with left wings Christopher DeAngelis and Peter Lounsberry also returning. Center Owen Rosas got experience last season and leads the sophomore group with Alessandro Capobianco, Logan Gauthier and Robert Larkin.

Also joining the Highlanders this season are freshmen Christopher Cassesso, Matthew DeAngelis, Sheamus Foley, Timothy Jones and Matthew Mariani.

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