The area’s three boys ice hockey teams all had incredibly successful season in 2019-20 and two of them were able to win a playoff game. Not all of the co-ops will look the same as Wethersfield left the WMRP co-op to start its own team, but all of the teams are returning plenty of talent.
Here is a look preview of what’s to come in local boy’s ice hockey:
Head coach: David Harackiewicz
Last year: 17-4 (lost in first round of Division III state tournament)
Key losses: Justin Stergos, Alessandro DiPaola.
Key returnees: Sam Hedlund (Sr., Forward), Andrew Fogarty (Sr. Goaltender).
Outlook: Despite being the second seed in the state tournament last year the Newington-Berlin Co-op failed to exit the first round and will look to build on a very good season with most of its players returning, specifically all-state goalie Andrew Fogarty.
A team in search of more consistent scoring threats, look to see who steps up for Newington to start its season.
First game: Feb. 10 vs. Conard
Head coach: Brian Cannon
Last year: 14-7 (Reached quarterfinals of Division III state tournament)
Key returnees: Duncan Hollander (Sr., Forward).
Outlook: The third seed in last year’s Division III tournament, the season did not end in a loss for Hall-Southington as they had their postseason cut short by the pandemic. Hollander was one of the top scorers in the state with 41 points last year so look for him to lead the way and put together another strong campaign.
First game: Feb. 10 at Rocky Hill/Middletown/Plainville/Haddam-Killingworth
PLAINVILLE-ROCKY HILL-MIDDLETOWN-HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH CO-OP
Head coach: David Dubos
Last year: 18-3 (Reached quarterfinals of Division II state tournament)
Key losses: Aaron Cholewa (Forward).
Outlook: Formerly the WMRP co-op, Wethersfield is fielding its own hockey program now and Haddam-Killingworth joined the co-op in its place. Losing a large portion of last year’s team to both graduations and a new team being created could be problematic for this co-op that had a very strong season in Division II.
First game: Feb. 10 vs. Hall-Southington