2012-2013 Connecticut High School Hockey Preseason Rankings

Preseason rankings from Hockey Night in Boston News (HNIB), Volume 29, Issue 3:

 

DIVISION 1

Ranking Team 2011-2012 Record How they finished up last season
1 Notre Dame-West Haven 20-3-1 Won 2012 D1 State Championship
2 Fairfield Prep 19-4-0 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Round 3 (Glastonbury, 5-4)
3 Xavier 11-9-1 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Round 1 (South Windsor, 3-1)
4 Darien 17-7-0 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Round 2 (Glastonbury, 3-2)
5 Glastonbury 20-5-0 Lost in D1 State Finals (Notre Dame-West Haven, 5-0)
6 South Windsor 12-10-0 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Round 2 (Notre Dame-West Haven, 4-2)
7 West Haven 15-8-0 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Round 3 (Notre Dame-West Haven, 6-2)
8 Ridgefield 21-3-0 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Round 2 (West Haven, 4-1)
9 New Canaan 13-9-1 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Round 1 (Darien, 2-1 OT)
10 Simsbury 11-10-1 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Round 1 (Glastonbury, 7-0)

 

DIVISION 2

Ranking Team 2011-2012 Record How they finished up last season
1 Amity 6-13-1 Did not qualify (D1)
2 Trumbull 17-9-0 Won 2012 D2 State Championship
3 Branford 16-10-0 Lost in D2 State Finals (Trumbull, 5-3)
4 Farmington/Avon/Windsor 13-7-1 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Qualifying Round (Trinity Catholic 2-1)
5 Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe 9-13-0 Lost in D2 State Playoffs, Round 1 (Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks, 3-1)
6 Guilford 12-9-2 Lost in D2 State Playoffs, Round 3 (Trumbull, 7-3)
7 Northwest Catholic 19-5-0 Lost in D3 State Finals (Newington/Berlin, 2-1)
8 Tri-Town 6-13-1 Did not qualify (D1)
9 Hand 13-8-2 Lost in D2 State Playoffs, Round 2 (Branford, 3-1)
10 Fermi/Enfield 9-12-0 Lost in D1 State Playoffs, Qualifying Round (Cheshire, 3-2 OT)

 

DIVISION 3

Ranking Team 2011-2012 Record How they finished up last season
1 Newington/Berlin 22-2-0 Won 2012 D3 State Championship
2 Bolton/Coventry/Rockville 11-10-0 Lost in D3 State Playoffs, Round 2 (Northwest Catholic, 7-0)
3 Hall/Southington 8-13-1 Lost in D3 State Playoffs, Round 1 (Rockville/Manchester/Stafford, 4-1)
4 St Bernard/NFA/Bacon Academy 12-10-0 Lost in D3 State Playoffs, Round 3 (Newington/Berlin, 4-1)
5 Masuk 12-10-0 Lost in D3 State Playoffs, Round 2 (Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury, 7-4)
6 Sheehan 8-13-0 Lost in D3 State Playoffs, Round 1 (Masuk, 4-1)
7 Rocky Hill/RHAM/Middletown 7-13-0 Did not qualify (D3)
8 New Fairfield/Immaculate 2-17-1 Did not qualify (D3)
9 E.O. Smith/Tolland/Windham 7-17-0 Did not qualify (D3)
10 Housatonic/Northwest/Wamogo 6-13-1 Did not qualify (D3)

 

As always, preseason rankings should be taken with a serious grain of salt.  (i.e. Amity at #1 in D2?  Too early to make that call, especially with all the other team movement that happened from D1 to D2)

Question for everyone (including the CIAC):  Why is Newington/Berlin still in D3???  If you’re going to allow losing teams to bail out and drop-down a division, you should also force winning teams (and runners-up) to move up (Branford, Trumbull).