Ryan Antkowiak, Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks, Jr., D: Antkowiak contributes on both ends of the ice and had two goals and seven assists last season. He has played every other shift since his freshman year. Coach Nick Boorman considers him one of the top two-way defensemen in the state. “He is as fast as anyone this state has to offer.”
Tim Arena, Farmington Valley co-op, Sr., F: One of the most prolific scorers and forwards in northern Connecticut, Arena has the talent and speed to single-handedly control a game. He had three goals and an assist to lead the Generals to a come-from-behind 7-4 win over E.O. Smith/Tolland in the CCC South tournament championship game last season.
Mike Bencivengo, Notre Dame-West Haven, Soph., F: Coach Tim Belcher said Bencivengo is one of the fastest forwards in the state and possesses great hands. He should be one of the leading scorers in the SCC this season.
Matt Carlucci, New Fairfield/Immaculate, Sr., D: A hard-hitting offensive-minded defenseman with good size at 6-foot-3, Carlucci has started all four years. He helped on offense last season with four goals and six assists.
Andrew Carmody, North Haven, Soph., D: Coach Nick Costanzo considers Carmody the most mobile and skilled defenseman in Division II. “He will be a future prep school player.”
Cole Casl, Fairfield Prep, Sr., D: Coach Matt Sather said Casl is one of the state’s top two-way players. He had a goal and nine assists last season and leads the Jesuits’ strong group of defensemen.
Clayton Coassin, Notre Dame-West Haven, Sr., D.: Coassin was a second team All SCC defenseman last season who can also contribute on offense. Coach Tim Belcher considers him a shut down defenseman.
Logan Cole, West Haven, Sr., G: Cole had a 7-2 record last season with 1.7 goals-against average and three shutouts. Part of a strong defense last season that led the Blue Devils to the CIAC Division I tournament semifinals.
Nick Cullinan, Ridgefield, Jr., F: The second leading scorer on the team last season, Cullinan helped lead the Tigers to the CIAC Division I title. He is expected to be a major contributor on offense this season.
John Delucia, Guilford, Jr., F: The Register All-Area selection had a dream postseason last year. Delucia scored the game-winner in overtime in a 3-2 win over East Haven in the SCC/SWC D-II final. He had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 win over South Windsor in the CIAC Division II semifinals and had a goal in a 5-3 win over Watertown/Pomperaug in the Division II final. He finished the season with 35 goals and 33 assists.
Will Dickson, Darien, Sr., F: Dickson is a fast forward with a good scoring touch who is capable of being a major offensive threat. The captain is expected to improve on last season’s six goals and seven assists.
Ryan Fleming, Watertown-Pomperaug, Jr., G: Fleming leads a very strong defense for the Indians. He led Watertown-Pomperaug to the CIAC Division II final where it lost 5-3 to Guilford. Along the way he posted a 5-0 shutout over Branford in the CIAC Division II quarterfinals and a 3-0 shutout over NFI in the semifinals.
Will Forrest, Ridgefield, Jr., F: Another quick forward for the Tigers who was the third leading scorer last season. Forrest helped the Tigers win the CIAC Division I title last season and earn the top spot in the Register Top 10 poll.
C.J. Hathaway, Darien, Sr., F: Hathaway was the Blue Wave’s top scorer last season with 12 goals and seven assists. Coach Mac Budd said in addition to scoring, Hathaway is even more important as an all-around player who makes those around him better.
Hunter Hazelton, Darien, Sr., D: Hazelton was one of the Blue Wave’s top four defenders last year and is a two-year varsity player. He is a big and strong defender who is good in the defensive zone. “We are also looking for him to contribute more offense this year and we think he is capable of this. He has a big shot from the point,” Budd said.
Nikita Kovalev, Greenwich, Soph., F: The son of former New York Ranger Alexei Kovalev, the speedy forward will center the potent Rams’ first line.
Jack Marottolo, North Haven, Soph., F: This will Marottolo’s first year of high school hockey, but coach Nick Costanzo believes he has the highest hockey IQ out of all the players in all three CIAC divisons. “He will be a future prep school player.”
Jack McGee, Fairfield Prep, Sr., G: Considered one of the top goalies in the state, he had a 2.38 goals-against average last season and a .927 save-percentage. He is one of the big reasons the Jesuits are one of the favorites to win the CIAC Division I title this season.
Sam Mitchell, New Fairfield/Immaculate, Jr., F: A rising star in southern Connecticut who is expected to be one of several players to help NFI make a major impact in its first season in Division I. He had 21 goals and 13 assists last season.
Ryan Moody, New Fairfield/Immaculate, Soph., F: A transfer from Mahopac, New York, coach Larry Vieira calls him “a pure sniper” who will make an immediate impact. He played for the Bedford Bears 18-Under team this fall.
Alex Mozian, Greenwich, Sr., F: Mozian is a dynamic player whose combination of great hands and vision makes him a solid playmaker and scorer for the Cardinals’ first line.
Zach Paquin, East Haven co-op, Sr., F: The speedy captain had 10 goals and 14 assist in 13 games played last season.
Sean Pratley, Greenwich, Jr., F: Scoring is expected to be one of the strengths for the Rams this season and Pratley is expected to be a major contributor on the first line.
Jack Ring, Guilford, Jr., F: A Register All-Area selection last season, Ring is a tireless competitor. He had a goal and three assists in a 5-3 win over Watertown/Pomperaug in the CIAC Division II final. He finished with 32 goals and 39 assists last season.
Steven Turner, Hamden, Sr., Goalie: Turner went 9-4 with a 2.30 goals-against average last season. “Steven was the backbone of our team as we headed into the playoffs last year. He has a lot of experience and is committed to helping his team be successful,” coach Todd Hall said.