By John Torisello
The Simsbury High School boys hockey team lost 10 lettermen to graduation. But don’t feel sorry for head coach Tom Cross. As he says, for the Trojans it’s more about reloading than rebuilding.
“With the surge in youth hockey in town and the junior program, we are fortunate to have a hockey pipeline that other towns wish they had,” said the head man, whose team went 16-6 last year, won the Central Connecticut Conference North Division and made it to the second round of the state Division I tournament. “We are never really in a rebuilding stage.”
The Trojans have some solid talent returning to take a shot at another regular season conference title and a deep run in the CCC and state tournaments.
Back are seniors Nolan Thompson, James Foster, Aaron Riccio, Peter Sconzo, Brian Gelman, and Curt Eustis.
Thompson is a 6-foot, 170-pound center who scored one goal and had five assists last year; Foster a 5-11, 175-pound right winger who had six goals and five assists; Riccio a 6-1, 180-pound left winger who had eight goals in 2012-13; Sconzo a 6-1, 180-pound right winger who scored two goals and added two assists last season; Gelman a 6-2, 185-pound defenseman with seven assists a year ago; and Eustis a 6-foot, 170-pound defenseman who notched five assists last year.
“We have strong defensive forwards and a good defense returning,” said Cross. “We’re unproven in goal at the start and we need to replace a lot of goals from last year. But I think we can be a contender this year.” He added, “The CCC is a good hockey league with Glastonbury, Conard, and Northwest Catholic all strong teams. We’re not predicting anything right now. It’s trying to get better each day so that we are a better team in January that we were in December, a better team in February than we were in January, and peaking for the playoffs at year’s end. Hopefully, we can say healthy.
Dave Mathewson is serving as the team’s assistant coach this season.