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AYER SHIRLEY

League: CMass Coughlin

Last year’s record: 13-4-4 (co-op team with Lunenburg)

Key player lost to graduation: Jim Driscoll

Captains: Declan Fitzpatrick, jr., defense; Nathan Bourdelais, sr., goalie; Max Simmons, sr., defense; Brett Holman, sr., forward

Other returning letterwinners: Matt Albert, soph., forward; Sean Simpson, jr., forward; Noah Razzatti, soph., forward; Connor Viviano, jr., forward; Luke Dufresne, jr., defense; Jared Simmons, sr., forward; Robby Carpenter, sr., defense; Joey Robinson, soph., forward; Jared Albert, jr., forward; Anthony Firmani, jr., goalie.

Promising Newcomers: Russel Thompson, soph., forward; Aaron O’Connor, fr., forward; Nathan Handy, fr., forward.

Coach Eric Short: “We will have a strong team this year with depth at all positions. This talented group led by the current junior class should be competitive with everyone on our schedule.”

GROTON-DUNSTABLE

League: CMass Quinn

Last year’s record: 10-10-1

Key players lost to graduation: Ben McEvoy, Chris Lattini, Jack Rivet, Charlie Sebastyn and Keegan Penney

Captains: Liam McDonough, sr., defense; Matt Carroll, sr., defense; Blake Lacombe, sr., forward; Andrew Berube, sr., forward.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Michael Lawton, jr., forward; Deaglan Garside, soph., defense; Ian Maguire, soph., defense; Yianni McSweeney, sr., forward; Tim Glencross, sr., forward; Alex Cianci, soph., forward; Jared Breton, sr., forward.

Promising Newcomers: Nate Glencross, fr., forward; Will Kenny, fr., forward; Brendan Ferrari, soph., forward; Tyler Dodge, jr., forward; Harrison Southwick, jr., forward; Evan Leonard, sr., forward; Cory Hannemann, soph., defense; Ben Rivet, jr., defense; Will Zinkann, jr., defense; Derek Breton, jr., defense; Max Buhler, sr., goalie; Ryan Mosscrop, fr., goalie.

Coach Brendan McCann: “With realignment of the conferences in CMass, making the postseason will be a tougher task. We have a lot of speed up front and some talented newcomers that should help us produce more on the offensive side. Defensively we return the majority of our unit, which will be very tough on the opposition. In net, we have three talented goalies who are all battling to replace Ben McEvoy who started all 21 games for us last year.”

LITTLETON/BROMFIELD

League: CMass Coughlin

Last year’s record: 12-5-4

Key players lost to graduation: Ricky Gilpatrick, Nick Evans, Joe Mitchell, Brendan Bassett, Sean Kitain

Captains: Jacob Montepeluso, sr., forward; Dmitri Dutkewych, sr., forward.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Danny Angell, jr., forward; James Peterson, jr., forward; Justin Montepeluso, jr., forward; Chris Berger, jr., defense; Alex Magan, jr., def.; Sean Keefe, jr., defense.

Promising Newcomers: Ben Canfield, soph., goalie; Shane Picariello, sr., forward; Dan Paxton, jr., forward; Ted Justicz, soph., forward; Sean Mizzoni, soph., defense; Nick Brown, soph., forward; Ben Hays, soph., forward.

Coach Howie Schneider: “We are very young with only three seniors and we lost some key players from last year. However, we do return some of our top scorers from last year and our defense, although young, gained some very valuable experience. Ben Canfield is expected to take the starting goaltending role. We did get moved up to the Coughlin Conference which is very competitive and returns state champion Grafton.”

NORTH MIDDLESEX

League: CMass Roy

Captains: Cam Stairs, sr., forward; Declan Delaney, sr., forward; Matthew Devito, sr., forward

Other returning letterwinners: Michael Amari, soph., forward; Trent Costa, jr., forward; Kyle Templeton, sr., forward; Nick White, sr., defense; Matt Metras, sr., defense; Sean Lynch, sr., defense; Joe Murphy, sr., defense.

Promising Newcomers: Sean Kelly, jr., defense; Luke Junek, sr., for/defense; Ryan Riel, soph., forward; Nick Miller, soph., forward; Ethan Freeman, soph., guard; Thomas Kelly, fr., goalie; Tyler Melanson, jr., goalie.

Coach Mike McCarthy: “We expect to battle every night in a very competitive CMass league.”

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