Five boys’ hockey teams to watch
Malden Catholic (16-2-2 last season): The defending Super 8 champs return two of the state’s most prolific scorers in senior Brendan Collier and junior Ryan Fitzgerald
2. Woburn (17-3-1): University of Massachusetts Lowell-commit Casey Shea is one of the top forwards in Division 1 and senior forward Danny Holland also returns.
3. St. John’s Prep (14-5-1): Dynamic forward Colin Blackwell is now skating for Harvard, but goalie David Latarte and blueliner Nick Pandelena anchor a defense that surrendered just 1.4 goals per game last season.
4. Central Catholic (16-5-1): The Raiders welcome back goalie Kyle Williams, who played inspired hockey in last season’s Super 8.
5. St. Mary’s Lynn (16-7-3): The Spartans will be minus Catholic Central co-MVP Donald Hesse (goal) for the first time in four years.
Five players to watch
Tom Braswell, St. Mary’s Lynn: The Spartan captain tallied nine goals and 15 assists skating on the left wing last season, helping St. Mary’s advance to the Division 1 North finals.
Sam Kurker, St. John’s Prep: The imposing senior pivot (19 goals, 12 assists last season) has already committed to Boston University.
Joe and Jake Sartorelli, Lowell Catholic: Joe, a senior, netted 21 goals and 16 assists last season; Jake, a sophomore, added 13 goals and 14 assists.
Casey Shea, Woburn: Another UMass Lowell-commit, the senior forward racked up 21 goals and 23 assists in leading the Tanners to the Middlesex League title.
Kyle Williams, Central Catholic: As a junior, he carried the Raiders to the Super 8, surrendering just 43 goals, while posting a +45 goal differential.
Compiled by Seth Lasko