Veteran Connecticut high school ice hockey coach Jim Riccitelli has decided to retire from coaching hockey. According to the Meriden Record-Journal, he cited his upcoming retirement from teaching and a planned move to Rhode Island as the primary factors in his decision. He led Cheshire high School boy’s ice hockey team to three state titles in his six seasons as head coach, including a 3-1 victory over Guilford in 2011.
Riccitelli has coached high school hockey in Connecticut for over 30 years, including stops at Wilbur Cross/Shelton, North Haven and Cheshire. In addition to three titles at Cheshire, he also led North Haven to a Division 2 state title in 1980.
Cheshire is expected to return a relatively deep squad next season, despite graduating three seniors (Matt DuPont, Jason Bailin, Ryan Powers) and losing two underclassmen (Matt Muzyka, Owen Powers) to prep school.