Coach: Larry Vieira
Last year: 13-9 (D-III quarterfinals)
Top players: Ryan Dobos, Sr., G; Jack Ryan, Sr., D; Brian Gunn, Sr., F; Joey Carlucci, Sr., D.
Outlook: With several new players and transfers, NFI should compete for the Division III SCC-SWC regular season league title and playoffs. The team has veteran depth and will run 3-4 lines each game with six solid defensemen on the back line. With All-Stater Ryan Dobos in net, teams will have a tough time scoring goals against NFI. The key is how fast the transfers and new players can blend offensively.
Lyman Hall/Haddam Killingworth
Coach: Rich Minnix (first year)
Last year: 4-16
Top players: C.J. Tangredi Sr., F; Kyle Stoddard, Jr., D; Rocco Cuccaro, Sr., F.
Outlook: The team’s goal is to make it to the CIAC Division III tournament because this season’s group of seniors has never played in the postseason.
Coach: Andy Townsend
Last year: 12-10-1 (D-III semifinals)
Top players: Shane Dushay, Jr., F (30 points last season); Charlie Christo, Jr., (28 points); Dan Zakrzewski, Sr., F; Joe DaMota, Sr., F; Christian Suda, Sr., D.
Outlook: All six defensemen return and four out of the top five scorers return. Juniors Conner Muller and Aidan Bowler will compete for time at goalie.
Coach: Dave Festa
Last year: 11-10 (first round D-III)
Top players: Colin Beaudoin, Sr., F; Christian Giacondino, Sr., F; Sal Gozzo, So., F; Mike Cerrotti, Jr., F; Paul Gozzo, So., D; Michael Capozzi, Sr. F.
Outlook: With a strong returning core of players, captains Capozzi and Giacondino will look for contributions from other returning forwards including Michael Cerrotti and Nick Candido. The defense has three returning players in Jimmy McNamee, Dan Hennessey and Brian Leach. The team has grown with the additions of Colin Beaudoin and Dylan Beaudoin who will add depth in the forward lines, Sal Gozzo and Paul Gozzo should make an immediate impact to the team. Freshman Jimmy Notarfrancesco and Ben Naser will make an impact. The team will play in front of Carly Femniak, who played goalie for the field hockey team and will get the nod as the starting goaltender.
Coach: Mike Gorra
Last year: 7-13
Top players: Andrew Loya, Jr., F; Christian Stuart, Jr., F; Will Copley, Jr., F; Kevin Boylan, Sr., D; Sam Jones, Sr., D; Will Slohm, Fr., G.
Outlook: The key for any success is how quickly Slohm adjusts to the speed of the high school game.