Teams to watch
Suffern: The cupboard is certainly not empty, but the Mounties will have to lean on individual standouts like Nick Modica and Kevin Hill early in the season.
White Plains: Solving a goalie like Chris Stangarone is a chore, and if the Tigers find more than one reliable scorer, they have to be considered a contender in February
Scarsdale: James Nicholas and Devon Schell have to have some help on the ice or the minutes will again exact a heavy toll.
Mamaroneck: Watch out for this team if a talented sophomore class learns some hard lessons early in the season against upstate competition.
Pelham: It’s hard to match the Pelicans’ level of experience, but they have to get some goals from players who aren’t named Andrew Schauer or Will Cullen.
RyeTown/Harrison: A new rule lets these three schools go head-to-head with teams like Rye and Pelham, and there is plenty of skill in the lineup.
Rye: Graduation took away a pretty impressive defensive group, but Cal Hynson, Jack O’Brien and Connor McGovern still know how to score goals.
John Jay: Grabbing another Section 1 championship would provide instant validation, but the Indians have a tougher schedule, and will not be as deep as last season.
Players to watch
Will Cullen, Pelham: The senior defenseman is a monster in transition, and can just as easily lock down a savvy forward.
Sean Henderson, Brewster: The senior forward is an explosive scorer in search of a sidekick capable of lessening the constant attention from opposing defensemen.
Kevin Hill, Suffern: The senior forward is an impressive finisher who bulked up in the offseason to prevent teams from getting physical again this season.
Cal Hynson, Rye: The senior forward usually isn’t more than a foot or three away from the puck, and he is quick to get it on net.
Tommy Krincic, Mahopac: The senior defenseman plays under control and has a habit of showing up in the right place at the right time.
Mark Leprine, John Jay: The senior defenseman can play with power and finesse and is always under control, physically and emotionally.
Nick Modica, Suffern: The senior goalie is the reigning player of the year in Rockland County and has the ability to keep his team in any game.
Kenny McLean, New Rochelle: The junior forward is not a physical specimen, but he’s continually finding a way to score.
Kevin Murphy, Pearl River: The junior forward has developed a knack for making things happen in heavy traffic.
Jame Nicholas, Scarsdale: The junior forward is arguably the most complete player in Section 1, and is a threat any time he’s around the puck.
Andrew Schauer, Pelham: The senior forward isn’t always textbook in his execution, but he usually finds a way to make something happen.
Brian Schiff, Mamaroneck: The senior defenseman has a hockey IQ only a few players in the section can match, and enough skill to be considered a constant threat.
Shawn Smith, John Jay: The senior forward is big enough to power through opposing defensemen, and quick enough to skate around them.
Chris Stangarone, White Plains: The junior goalie already has three years of varsity experience and is the only netminder in Section 1 right now who has two wins against mighty Suffern.
Christian Van Hecke, Iona Prep: The junior forward has a habit of pushing the pace and getting the puck on net.