New Hampshire Boys D1 Top 10
Well, we pick up where we left off a year ago when Concord and Bedford were declared co-champions when the NHIAA cancelled Championship Weekend at the outset of the COVID outbreak. Both clubs remain among the division’s very best.
Adding a bit of intrigue this year is the return to Division I for the first time in 18 seasons of Keene, declared a Division Two co-champion last season.
No. 1 Concord (23-1-0) boasts depth across the board, returning 15 seasoned veterans from last year’s juggernaut. Junior defenseman Ryan Philbrick (10-33-43) earned First Team All-State accolades as a sophomore.
No. 2 Bedford (16-3-1) boasts three of the division’s premier players at their positions in goalie Shea Guimont, forward Owen Roberto and defenseman Arhat Vaidya, all seniors.
No. 3 Salem (14-5-3) returns with a chip on its shoulder and some unfinished business as 11 seniors look to atone for last year’s early post-season exit. Forward Ryan Pappalardo (24-23-47) leads the way.
No. 4 Bishop Guertin (14-10-0) has the makings of another high-end club and will count on a quartet of veteran defensemen and a seasoned group of forwards while a new crop of goalies learns on the fly.
The approach for No. 5 Hanover (12-10-0) under its veteran coach Dick Dodds is simple: Approach every practice and every game with maximum effort as it could be your last of the season.
No. 6 Pinkerton (11-9-0) aims to improve upon last year’s quarterfinal appearance.
No. 7 Exeter (14-5-2) will lean on a deep defense after key graduation losses up front.
No. 8 Trinity (14-5-1) has had its season delayed by COVID and will need to come together quickly.
No. 9 Keene (18-3-2) will need to adjust to the constant pressure of playing a full D1 schedule.
Keep an eye on No. 10 Windham (13-12-0), which welcomes an influx of talented freshmen.