Let’s go, USA!
Senior defenseman Pat MacGregor (Hamden, CT/Hamden HS/Avon Old Farms) has been named a captain for the 2013-2013 Boston University men’s ice hockey team.
MacGregor was an all-state selection for coach Bill Veneris at Hamden High School in 2008 before moving on to Avon Old Farms for the final two seasons of his prep career. At AOF, he was part of a squad that finished 18-7-4 and took home the 2010 New England Prep championship.
According to multiple sources, Milford, CT native Colin Sullivan (Fairfield Prep/Avon Old Farms) has left the Boston College men’s hockey team and will not be skating for the Eagles in 2013-2014.
Despite rumors that he may have been considering a jump to the QMJHL (Shawnigan owns his rights), as of today Sullivan has been added to the roster of the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) and will be joining the team, thus retaining his NCAA eligibility.
Prior to enrolling at BC, Sullivan played three seasons at Avon Old Farms and was named to the 2012 New England Prep All-Star Team, after a solid senior campaign that saw the big blueliner post 16 points (7g, 9a) in 24 games. For his efforts in the prep ranks, Sullivan was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 7th round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Sullivan earned all-state honors at Fairfield Prep in 2008.
The 2013 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Entry Draft finished up on Saturday (6/8/2013) and four players with ties to Connecticut were among those selected in this year’s 14 round event:
|Round||Pick||Team||Player||Position||Last Team||Hometown||College Commitment|
|3||52||Quebec||Callum Booth||G||Salisbury School||Montreal, QC|
|4||68||Sherbrooke||Chase Harwell||F||Selects Academy U16||Southbury, CT||Quinnipiac University (2016)|
|10||170||Moncton||Stephan Seeger||F||Brunswick School||Stamford, CT|
|14||251||Blainville-Boisbriand||Austin Jadovich||D||Avon Old Farms||Simsbury, CT|
While big congratulations go out to these four, one can’t help but notice the disparity between the number of players with ties to Connecticut and those from our neighbor directly to the north, Massachusetts. Between junior, prep, high school and other locally born players, Massachusetts saw 36 players go off the board on Saturday. Time to step up our game, CT…
The 2012-2013 Connecticut boy’s ice hockey all state team as selected by the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association (CHSCA)
|1||1st||Andrew Gore||St Joseph||D||Sr.|
|1||1st||Austin Hansen||West Haven||F||Sr.|
|1||1st||Bill Vizzo||Notre Dame – West Haven||F||Jr.|
|1||1st||Christian Keator||St Joseph||F||Sr.|
|1||1st||David White||Fairfield Prep||F||Sr.|
|1||1st||Henry Stanton||New Canaan||F||Jr.|
|1||1st||Matt Beck||Fairfield Prep||G||Jr.|
|1||1st||Sean Henry||Fairfield Prep||D||Sr.|
|1||2nd||Billy D’Amore||Fairfield Prep||D||Sr.|
|1||2nd||Christian La Croix||Notre Dame – Fairfield||F||Jr.|
|1||2nd||Darren Capobianco||Notre Dame – West Haven||D||Sr.|
|1||2nd||Greg Zullo||Notre Dame – West Haven||F||Sr.|
|1||2nd||Mike Falanga||East Haven||F||So.|
|1||2nd||Stephen Mettler||New Canaan||D||Jr.|
|1||2nd||Stone Denbok||Notre Dame – Fairfield||G||Jr.|
|2||1st||Dan Silvestri||Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe||D||Sr.|
|2||1st||Dylan Podbielski||North Branford||F||Sr.|
|2||1st||Kevin Robinson||Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe||F||Jr.|
|2||1st||Matt DePalma||New Milford||G||Sr.|
|2||1st||Patrick Melanson||Northwest Catholic||F||Sr.|
|2||1st||Steven Lambrinakos||Trinity Catholic||F||Sr.|
|2||2nd||Avery Boissy||Fermi-Enfield-E Granby-Stafford||F||Sr.|
|2||2nd||Evan Cedrone||East Catholic||F||Sr.|
|2||2nd||Jake King||Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks||F||So.|
|2||2nd||Jeff Greenwood||Northwest Catholic||F||Sr.|
|3||1st||Bailey Brown||New Fairfield-Immaculate||F||Sr.|
|3||1st||Brendon Quirion||Rocky Hill-Rham-Middletown||F||Sr.|
|3||1st||JP Shimko||Joel Barlow||D||So.|
|3||1st||Kaden Batzinger||Lyman Hall-HK||F||Sr.|
|3||1st||Kyle Whalen||Rocky Hill-Rham-Middletown||F||Sr.|
|3||2nd||Derek Lyon||Lyman Hall-HK||F||Sr.|
|3||2nd||Jason Steele||NFA-St Bernard-Bacon||D||Sr.|
|3||2nd||Juston Gagnon||EO Smith-Tolland-Windham||D||Jr.|
|3||2nd||Ross Brancati||EO Smith-Tolland-Windham||F||Jr.|
|3||2nd||Ryan Dobos||New Fairfield-Immaculate||G||Jr.|
In addition, the following individual awards were also given out:
- DIVISION 1 MVP – David White (F – Fairfield Prep)
- DIVISION 2 MVP – Patrick Melanson (F – Northwest Catholic)
- DIVISION 3 MVP – Cody Albert (F – Sheehan)
- ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR - Michael Richetelli (Amity)
Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!
Newington/Berlin/Manchester boy’s hockey player BJ Richard’s recent exploits against New Fairfield/Immaculate in the D3 boy’s hockey playoffs have landed him on ESPN’s Sportscenter.
In the clip, Richard carries the puck up the right wing and proceeds to skate through three defenders before sending a wrist shot past New Fairfield/Immaculate goaltender Ryan Dobos. Newington/Berlin/Manchester went on to win the game 4-2, advancing to the state semifinals at Yale’s Ingalls Rink.**
Below is a low quality capture of the video on Sportscenter:
Here is the original game footage:
** Newington/Berlin/Manchester defeated Masuk 4-1 in the semifinals and are slated to play Rockville/Bolton/Coventry/Lyman Memorial in the Division 3 boy’s hockey finals on 3/16 at Yale.
Taking a look back at the 2011-2012 Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association Boy’s All-State Ice Hockey Team one year later to see where they’ve taken their hockey (or other athletic) careers:
|1||1st||Colby Cretella||Notre Dame – West Haven||F||Phillips Exeter Academy|
|1||1st||Danny McMullan||Ridgefield||D||Connecticut Oilers (EJHL)|
|1||1st||Dave Canfarotta||Notre Dame – Fairfield||F||Trinity-Pawling School|
|1||1st||David White||Fairfield Prep||F||Fairfield Prep|
|1||1st||Drew Mozzer||Glastonbury||F||Cushing Academy|
|1||1st||Ethan Holdaway||Glastonbury||F||Westminster School|
|1||1st||Joseph Bonazelli||South Windsor||F||Penn State University (ACHA – D2)|
|1||1st||Kyle Leyerzapf||West Haven||D||Central Connecticut State University (ACHA)|
|1||1st||Max Rothston||Darien||G||South Kent School|
|1||1st||Sean Wilkinson||Ridgefield||F||College of the Holy Cross (playing lacrosse)|
|1||1st||Tom Worsfold||Fairfield Prep||D||Connecticut Oilers (Empire)|
|1||2nd||AJ Unker||Fairfield Prep||F||Williston Northampton School|
|1||2nd||Christian “CK” Keator||St. Joseph||F||St. Joseph High School|
|1||2nd||Jake Granito||New Canaan||F||Millbrook School|
|1||2nd||Joe Bianchi||Amity||F||Curry College (NCAA – D3)|
|1||2nd||Mike Lee||Hamden||D||The Gunnery|
|1||2nd||Mike Troiano||West Haven||F||Trinity-Pawling School|
|1||2nd||Riley Wikman||Fairfield Prep||G||University of Dayton (ACHA – D2)|
|1||2nd||Stephen Marsico||East Haven||F||Loomis Chaffee School|
|2||1st||Christian Blais||Newtown||F||Loomis Chaffee School|
|2||1st||Craig Wargo||Milford||F||University of Massachusetts-Amherst (ACHA – D2)|
|2||1st||Kenny Cairns||Lyman Hall||G||Southern Connecticut State University (ACHA – D3)|
|2||1st||Matt Lis||Wethersfield||D||Bridgton Academy|
|2||1st||Tom Padrevita||Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks||D|
|2||2nd||Dylan Podbielski||North Branford||F||North Branford|
|2||2nd||Garrett Richardello||East Catholic||D||Washington College (playing baseball)|
|2||2nd||Jack Fitzgerald||Guilford||F||Westminster School|
|2||2nd||Jonathan Meissner||Wilton||D||Junior Players Golf Academy of Hilton Head Island (playing golf)|
|2||2nd||Lorenzo Stellato||New Milford||D||New Milford|
|2||2nd||Lukas Znosko||Westhill||F||Brewster Bulldogs (Empire)|
|2||2nd||Matt Kobyra||Wilton||F||Hotchkiss School|
|2||2nd||Nick Burgio||Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks||G|
|2||2nd||Riley MacDonald||Staples-Weston-Shelton||G||Elon University (ACHA – D2)|
|2||2nd||Sam Amendola||North Branford||D||Eastern Connecticut State University (ACHA – D2)|
|3||1st||Angus Deane||Rockville-Manchester-Stafford||F||Eastern Connecticut State University (playing lacrosse)|
|3||1st||Brendon Quirion||Rocky Hill-RHAM-Middletown||F||Rocky Hill-RHAM-Middletown|
|3||1st||Mike Mattson||Joel Barlow||F||Taft School|
|3||1st||Nick Briganti||Newington-Berlin||F||Connecticut Wolfpack (MJHL)|
|3||1st||Steven Segiet||Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury||F||University of North Texas (ACHA – D2)|
|3||2nd||AJ Massaro||Northwest Catholic||F||Springfield College (ACHA – D2)|
|3||2nd||Blake Biancamano||St. Bernard-Bacon Academy-NFA||F||Southern Connecticut State University (ACHA – D3)|
|3||2nd||Frank Bishop||Bolton-Coventry-Lyman Memorial||D|
|3||2nd||Jason Steele||St. Bernard-Bacon Academy-NFA||D||St. Bernard-Bacon Academy-NFA|
|3||2nd||John Gradante||Hall/Southington||G||Central Connecticut State University (ACHA – D2)|
|3||2nd||Matt Tavani||Rocky Hill-RHAM-Middletown||D|
|3||2nd||Nick Blaszka||Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury||D||Walpole Express (MJHL)|
|3||2nd||Patrick Callahan||Joel Barlow||F|
|3||2nd||Patrick Melanson||Northwest Catholic||F||Northwest Catholic|
|3||2nd||Tanner Vaughn||Northwest Catholic||D|
Got an update to this list? Let us know!
Koeppel Community Sports Center
175 Britain Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
General admission — no cost!
- $5 dollars for adults
- $1 for students
All proceeds from the game will go directly to Wounded Warrior Project.
Go out, see some great hockey and support a great cause!
Just eight days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, New Canaan native Max Pacioretty was back in the lineup on Sunday for the Montreal Canadiens and recorded an assist on David Desharnais’ game-winning goal against the Ottawa Senators.
Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino (Farmington, CT/Farmington HS/Avon Old Farms) posted his first NHL hat trick against the LA Kings and Hamden native Jon Quick.
It’s been a whirlwind two weeks for Mark Arcobello (Milford, CT/Fairfield Prep/Salisbury/Yale). After being selected as a starter in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game and responding with a three-point performance in helping to lead the West to a 7-6 win, he received his first call-up to the NHL by the Edmonton Oilers. Congratulations, Mark!
R.J. Gates (Plainville, CT) scored the game-winner with 1:55 remaining as the “visiting” Pennsylvania Blues defeated the Danbury Whalers 5-3 on 2/2/13. Former Ridgefield High School/South Kent School standout Tyler Scott (Ridgefield, CT) had 55 saves in net for the Blues while CCSU alum Joe Dabkowski (Glastonbury, CT) finished with 2 assists.
Former Quinnipiac forward Brandon Wong is averaging a point-per-game for the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors.
With all the talk of Connecticut high school hockey realignment happening, one of the ideas being bandied about is placing teams based on past performance. (Whether that is going to be by straight wins-and-losses, CIAC points or some other convoluted formula, remains to be seen.)
From a straight winning percentage perspective, below is a list of the winningest boy’s ice hockey programs in the state of Connecticut over the past four seasons (2008-2012):
** Since some co-ops only recently came into existence (think: Fermi-Enfield, Windsor-Farmington-Avon), in order to calculate a single season total for those seasons where some members teams were still independent, an average was used.