Sr. F Matt Arena, Farmington: A big piece of back-to-back Generals runs to Ingalls.
Sr. F Cole Chapman, Simsbury: Scored 27 goals last year, developing his all-around game.
Jr. F Aaron Cholewa, WMRP: Speedy with a good shot, one of a stable of top forwards returning from last year’s semifinalists.
Sr. F Jack Dacey, Guilford: Linemates may be gone, but he’s still a competitor and a talented (39 goals last year) scorer.
Sr. F Spencer Engstrom, Branford: He scored big playoff goal after big goal for the Hornets, last year’s SCC/SWC and CIAC Division II champs.
Sr. D Robbie Forleo, West Haven: An all-state defenseman last year and one of many players returning for the Westies.
Sr. G Logan Hamilton, East Haven: His save totals last year for the undermanned Yellowjackets were sometimes eye-popping.
Jr. F Tucker Healy, Westhill/Stamford: One of several talents back for the co-op, which is a team to watch in Division II.
Sr. F Aden Hotchkiss, Xavier: Sacred Heart commit is back from the Gunnery for his senior year and instantly becomes one of the CIAC’s top players.
Sr. F Jack Kinahan, Trinity Catholic: Though few in numbers, the Crusaders always kept coming, led by this first-team all-state forward.
Sr. F Nathan Loitz, Northwest Catholic: Headlines an intriguing group of Lions forwards that lost a couple of its top producers.
Sr. G Nick Maringola, Cheshire: Had a 1.68 goals-against average and stopped 93 percent of shots last year for a standout defensive team that graduated some standout defensemen.
Jr. F Daniel McKiernan, JBWA: The Knights were sometimes the greatest show on ice last year, scoring goals by the bushel, and he was often in the middle of it.
Sr. D Kevin McNicholas, Ridgefield: The new-look Tigers will be bringing along some new faces, but they’ve got him to anchor the defense among a few other key returners.
Jr. F Jamison Moore, Darien: The Blue Wave are a favorite because of the talent they’ve got back, a few on the blue line, several senior forwards, and a slew of juniors, Moore included.
Sr. G Ben Nash, Greenwich: The Cardinals have a couple of goalies back, have some interesting newcomers and look to remain competitive in the state and the FCIAC.
Sr. D Mike O’Toole, LHK: Big defenseman was an all-state pick in Division III last year and leads the defense… on the ice, not of the championship; the Trojans are up in Division II this year.
Sr. G Nick Piselli, Notre Dame-Fairfield: One of a few transfers to the Lancers (some of whom have to sit out at the start) with big skates to fill in net.
Sr. F Adam Poetto, Glastonbury: Helped the Tomahawks to the Division II final last year.
Jr. F Anthony Romano, Sheehan: One of a deep and talented group of skaters for the Titans that make them a Division III favorite.
Jr. G Connor Smith, Notre Dame-West Haven: Emerged as the starter for a team that got hot at the end of the season and reached the Division I final and looks strong again.
Sr. D Justin Stergos, Newington: All-state defenseman returns for the co-op, which reached the Division III semis last year and could be at Ingalls again.
Sr. F Evan Tower, Eastern CT Eagles: He might be the fastest skater in the state, another coach says. A top talent in Division II.
Jr. F Mason Whitney, Fairfield Prep: It’s rare for the Jesuits to have a junior captain. Whitney is one, and he’s one of the top talents in the state on top of it.
Sr. F/D Justin Wietfeldt, New Canaan: Some of the Rams’ newcomers might play a big role in how far they go. Wietfeldt, who does a little bit of everything for New Canaan, will be among those helping them along.