I realize less and less people are directly involved in high school hockey every day now that most of the teams have been eliminated. We’re down to five active teams from our area. Everyone else is looking forward to next season.
Who will be in good shape next season? Put simply, which teams have the best and most promising freshman, sophomores, and juniors?
League 1 Ã¢â‚¬â€ I think Suffern looks good for next year. North has three very good sophomores that might stick around. Mamaroneck has the sophomore goalie, Glaser, and Brian Conner will be a senior. Mahopac’s got Tyler Perrelle going into his junior year, but they lose Alosco and Cimadomo. I believe goalie Vito Iacobellis was a junior this year. The Bloom era and Scarsdale has ended. In the grand scheme of things, John Jay won’t lose much going into next year. And how much will a year of practice help Pelham’s young goalies?
CHSHL – Fordham Prep loses Ferguson, Malone, Loftus, etc. Cody King enters his senior year at Iona. Goalie Stefan DiMario will also be a senior. Mike Cambria seems like a promising freshman. How’s Stepinac doing? I hear their JV is good.
League 2 Ã¢â‚¬â€ I like Brewster a lot for next year. Now that I’ve downgraded Alfonzetti from senior to junior (I don’t know why I can’t get it into my head that he’s a junior), he has another year. Mike Miller will be a sophomore. Rye loses Matt Donahue in goal and forward Kyle Iobbi, among others. They retain leading scorer Jordan Eck, going into his senior year. White Plains has 2 out of 3 next year Ã¢â‚¬â€ they have Rui Encarnacao and Phil Sigona going into their senior years, but they lose Tim Conroy. The chemistry may be affected, but I personally don’t think it will be a disaster. And they’ve got both goalies coming back. Fox Lane was pretty young this year, so they’ll be back, but without Mike Dillane and Luke Clinton.
And the two teams that dominated League 3 this season lose a lot. South loses Mike Holvig, and Ossining loses pretty much everybody.
Obviously I’m leaving out a lot of teams here, but I just wanted to throw out some ideas off the top of my head.