Lowell’s Ben Kotsifas moves the puck during a game against Hanover last season. (SUN/Julia Malakie)
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Ayer Shirley/Lunenburg

League: Central Mass. North PodLast Year’s Record: 13-10-1, Division 3A state finalistReturning Letterwinners: Kristian Carter, sr., defense; Tristan Gallant, sr., defense; Brendan Ware, sr., defense; Ryan Miller, sr., defense; Ian Keene, sr., goalie; Nathan Handy, sr., forward; Hunter Arsenault, sr., forward; Shea Arsenault, sr., forward; Ryan Stout, jr., forward; Nick Fortier, soph., forward;Promising Newcomer: Josh Agnese, fr., forward;Coach Eric Short (20th season): “With experience at defense, top two lines, and in goal, we hope to compete with everyone on our schedule. We are excited to play in Central Mass. North Pod. All teams have solid talent and league play should be very competitive. Depth will be a challenge, but our third line has good size and is looking strong in practice. We will look for steady offense from Handy and the Arsenaults. Senior goalie Ian Keene and the senior defensemen should keep us competitive with anyone.”

Billerica

League: MVC/DCL Division 1Last Year’s Record: 8-12-2Returning Letterwinners: Dom Hall, sr., defense; Jakob Oliver, sr., defense; David Hederman, sr., defense; Mike Riddle, jr., defense; Matt Grimes, sr., forward; Brendan Cook, sr., forward; Dylan Fortunato, sr., forward; Paul Egan, jr., forward; Chris Viscione, jr., forward; Harrison Tucker, jr., forward; Justin Cataldo, jr., forward; Will Egan, jr., forward.Promising Newcomers: James Tucker, fr., defense; Ethan Cliff, soph., goalie; Jeff Gutierrez, jr., goalie; Joe Harty, jr., defense; Jack O’Connell, jr., defense; Connor McIsaac, jr., forward; Jeff Babineau, soph., forward; Joe Tierney, soph., forward; Jameson Harrington, soph., forward.Coach Jim Egan (7th season): “Although this season will be different, we know the MVC will be a very competitive league in the state this year, with a lot of parity. Although we graduated eight seniors last season, we are returning a lot of key players that have shown significant signs of growth and development. Our plan is take each day one day at a time, keep things in perspective and stay positive. Best of luck to everyone this season.”

Chelmsford

League: MVC/DCL Division 1Last Year’s Record: 4-15-2Returning Letterwinners: Matt Miner, sr., forward; Pete Mitchell, sr., forward; James Hill, sr., defense; Cole Pelkey, soph., defense; Tim Connor, sr., defense; Owen Flanagan, jr., forward; Jack Pelkey, jr., forward.Promising Newcomers: AJ Bongiorno, soph., forward; Ben Morgan, soph., forward; David Wood, fr., forward.Coach Kevin Leonard (5th season): “We’re happy to be back on the ice and competing again; regardless of the added protocols and safety measures. We have a lot of kids returning and hungry forbetter results than last year. How we prepare and focus will play a large part with how our record looks come February. We’re going to need some guys to take that next step by starting to generate scoring opportunities and turning those chances in our favor.”

Dracut/Tyngsboro

League: MVC/DCL Division 3Last Year’s Record: 6-13-1Returning Letterwinners: Brian Workman, sr., forward; Jared DeBruin, sr., forward; Tommy Workman, soph., forward; Tanner Marshall, sr., forward; Ben Warner, sr., defense; Trevor Freelove, sr., defense; Joey Wilkie, soph., forward; Dion Bottiggi, jr., defense; Colby Forestell, soph., defense; Jacob McDougall, soph., defense; Josh Savoie, jr., forward; Jacob Hammer, jr., forward; Tom Zawisza, jr., forward; Caulin Martell, sr., goalie; Andrew Kazanjian, jr., goalie.Promising Newcomers: Connor Daniel, fr., forward; Mike Desmarais, fr., forward; Colin Underwood, fr., forward; Chase Allen, fr., defense/forward; Jack Michaud, fr., forward.Coach Jeff DuRoss (5th season): “We will have to be strong in our defensive zone coverage to compete with some strong programs this season. Our kids are looking forward to the challenge and will bring a high compete level to every game.”

Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech

League: Commonwealth Athletic ConferenceLast Year’s Record: 3-17-0Returning Letterwinners: Devon Crandall, sr., forward; Jonathan Burke, sr., forward; Cam Arseneault, jr., forward; James Dixon, jr., forward; Ryan Frazier, jr., forward; Zack Patterson, jr., forward; Cal Norris, soph., forward; Kyle Desjardins, sr., defense; Chris Gillis, sr., defense; Tony Iacovone, jr., defense; Christian Blanchette, soph., defense; Darien Ackerman, sr., goalie; Adam Laflamme, sr., goalie.Promising Newcomers: Cole Harrington, soph., forward; Trevor Desjardins, soph., forward; Chris Powers, soph., forward; Cody Katz, fr., forward; AJ Theriault, fr., forward; Evan Mosscrop, soph., defense.Coach Robert Callahan: “We are looking to gain valuable experience with a short schedule and no postseason to play for this year. We are a young team. I think we will get better every game and be a tough team to play against all season. Hopefully it puts us in position to make the state tournament when things get back to normal next year.”

Groton-Dunstable

League: Central Mass Pod 2Last Year’s Record: 8-10-2Returning Letterwinners: Nate Glencross, sr., forward; Jacob Figueroa, sr., forward; Mike Hamill, sr., defense; Will Kenny, sr., forward; Cam Hardy, sr., forward; Hunter Woolfrey, jr., defense; Ryan Mosscrop, sr., goalie; Alex Hillenberg, soph., goalie; TJ Sannazzaro, jr., defense; Dylan Cianci, jr., forward; Cole Beigel, soph., forward; Jerry Fang, soph., forward; Andrew Wenzell, sr., defense.Promising Newcomers: Jack Van Pelt, fr., defense; Caden Woolfrey, fr., goalie; Carter Amidon, soph., forward; Colin Flood, soph., forward; Andrew Cappella, soph., forward; Ryan Heinrich, sr., forward.Coach Brendan McCann (6th season): ”A solid group of returners, led by Glencross, Figueroa and Kenny, along with a great group of new additions, should have us competing every night. Should be a competitive season in our pod. Despite a shortened season, Nate Glencross could achieve 100 career points and possibly break the school career record.”

Littleton/Bromfield

League: Central Mass 3ALast Year’s Record: 8-12-1Returning Letterwinners: Aaron King, sr., defense; Aidan LeDuc, jr., goalie; Derek Peterson, sr., forward; Kyle Tracey, jr., forward; Ryan McNulty, jr., forward; Sam Dunn, jr., forward; Dylan Lokken, soph., forward.Promising Newcomers: Evan Piekos, freshman, defense; Ryan Johnson, fr., defense; Kevin Buretta, sr., defense; Tyler Edwards, soph., defense; Ryan Lokken, fr., forward.Coach Kevin Lizotte (2nd season): “We only have a few seniors, but we have a number of talented underclassmen. Team depth may be a challenge. We will need the younger players to contribute right away.”

Lowell

League: MVC/DCL Division 2Last Year’s Record: 13-8-4; Division 3 North ChampionsReturning Letterwinners: Keegan Cote, sr., defense; Jake Vieira, sr., goalie; Michael Pickett, jr., defense.; John Mahoney, sr., defense.; Jacob Heartquist; sr., forward.; Kyle Frechette, jr., defense; Ben Kotsifas, jr., defense; Dylan Kuczek, jr., forward; Colin Pickett, soph., forward.; Kevin Conley, sr., forward; Thomas Woodlock, soph., forward, Patrick Collins, soph., defense; B.J. Anderson, jr., forward; Koree Benning, sr., forward; Nick McCabe, sr., forward; Brandon Grace, sr., forward; Cam Greene, jr., defense; Aidan Lavoie, soph., goalie; Maegan Cole, jr., defense; Jack Geary, soph., forward; Sean Lesniak, soph., forward.Promising Newcomers: Nathaniel Haley, jr., forward; Teddy Steinberg, fr., forward.Coach Brian Akashian (7th season): “We return a lot of bodies from last year’s sectional championship team and hope to be competitive once again. Senior Jake Vieira is one of the best goalies in the state and we will lean on him, but he will be pushed by sophomore Aidan Lavoie. The strength of our team is our defensemen. Sophomore Colin Pickett is our leading returning scorer and he will be supported by a veteran group.”

Lowell Catholic

League: IndependentLast Year’s Record: 1-18-1Returning Letterwinners: Declan Murphy, sr., forward; Ryan Knight, sr., forward; captain Mike DeVita, sr., forward; Chris Mucci, sr., forward; Ty Soule, sr., defense; Dom Valente, sr., defense; Cody Lesko, sr., goalie; Shawn Martell, sr., goalie; Alex Pescatore, jr., forward; Patrick Drew, jr., forward; Justin Roche, jr., forward; Danny Kierce, jr., defense; Joe DiGiovanni, jr., defense; Jake McDonough, jr., defense.Promising Newcomers: Brendan Sullivan, sr., forward; Aidan Grimley, sr., forward; Anthony Grace, jr., forward; Cam Gruning, jr., forward; Adam Ellegood, soph., forward; Lucas Rego, soph., forward; Keegan Boyden, soph., forward; Jayden Mercer, soph., forward; Matt Cabral, fr., forward; James Kierce, fr., forward; Nate Parreira, fr., forward; Jake West, 8th, forward; Sam DeChaves, 8th, goalie.Coach Tom Curran (11th season): “We’re very young but the entire team has been very focused on improving every day. We’re hoping to have as normal a season as possible.”

North Middlesex

League: Central Mass Roy ConferenceLast Year’s Record: 7-9-4Returning Letterwinners: Rowen Archibald, freshman, forward; Conner Lavery, soph., forward; Ryan Lavery, jr., forward; TJ Murphy, jr., forward; Jimmy O’Keefe, soph., forward; Tyler Dunbar, jr., defense; Seamus McFague, sr., defense; Sean Morrissey, sr., defense; Aaron Scarelli, soph., goalie; Brant Goodfriend, jr., goalie.Promising Newcomers: Tighe Archambault, jr., forward; Connor Ludford, jr., defense; Matt Lynch, jr., forward; Noah McCusker, jr., forward; Jake Miller, soph., defense; Sean Myers, fr., forward; Gavin Petrucci, fr., forward; Griffin Petrucci, jr., forward; Patrick Stevens, sr., forward.Coach Steve Trundle (1st season): “We will be a hard-working team that can grind it out. The strength of the team starts with our goalies and works its way out.”

Shawsheen Tech

League: Commonwealth Athletic ConferenceLast Year’s Record: 14-8-1Returning Letterwinners: Anthony Papa, sr., forward; Sean Murphy, sr., forward; Brady Darcey, soph., forward; DJ Ducharme, sr., defense; Jonah Varallo, sr., defense; Ryan Dusablon, jr., defense; Tom Sampson, jr., defense; Aidan Sullivan, sr., forward; Nick Calouro, soph., forward; Conor Preble, sr., forward; Tom Dalton, jr., goalie; Jared Palmer, sr., goalie; Aydan Churchill, jr., forward; Tyler Forristall, jr., forward.Promising Newcomers: Chase Darcey, fr., forward; Liam Milne, fr., forward; Kyle Gray, fr., forward; Colin Lawson, fr., defense; Mike DeRose, fr., defense; Derek Nazzaro, fr., defense; Quinn Fallon, jr., forward; Rolland Spengler, fr., forward; Kevin Ackerley, soph., defense; Matt DiZoglio, soph., forward; Aiden MacLeod, soph., goalie; Sam Dagenais, jr., defense; Joe McLaren, jr., goalie; Keenan Considine, fr., forward.Coach Chuck Baker (15th season): “My outlook is to get better each day. We have a split team of returners and new guys. With the set-up of a COVID-19 season, I want to see the seniors enjoy their last season and win some games. The team attitude is great and we are working hard.”

Tewksbury

League: MVC/DCL Division 2Last Year’s Record: 15-4-3Returning Letterwinners: Chase Perault, sr., goalie; Caden Connors, jr., defense; Daniel Kusmaul, sr., forward; Nicholas DiCioccio, soph., defense; Asa DeRoche, sr., forward; Ryan Flynn, soph., forward; Will O’Keefe, sr., forward; Jason Cooke, jr., forward; William Doherty, jr., defense; John Beatrice, sr., forward; Sean Lane, jr., forward; Justin Rooney, jr., defense; Aaron Connelly, jr., forward; Cole Stone, jr., forward; Anthony Pecci, sr., forward; Benjamin O’Keefe, soph., goalie.Promising Newcomers: Tyler Barnes, fr., forward; Matthew Cooke, fr., forward; Conor Cremin, soph., forward; Brady Chapman, soph., forward.Coach Derek Doherty (21st season): “We have a lot of returning players, especially up front, several defensemen with experience and two goalies with varsity experience. We expect to be competitive, but we have a very tough schedule under this new format.”

Wilmington

League: Middlesex League Freedom DivisionLast Year’s Record: 10-9-3Key returners: Anthony Savage, sr., defense; CJ Petrie, sr., defense; Matt Pendenza, sr., defense; Peter Kourkoutas, sr., forward; James Kourkoutas, sr., forward; Derek Gallucci, sr., forward; Drew Gallucci, sr., forward; Jason Davey, sr., forward; Robert Courtney, sr., forward; Chris Bernazani, sr., forward; Sam Cedrone, sr., goalie; Alex Fitzler, sr., goalie; Aiden Murphy, jr., defense.Promising Newcomers: William Alworth, jr., forward; Tristan DiMeco, jr., forward; Nate Packer, jr., forward; Matt Vinal, jr., forward; Owen White, soph., forward; Michael Daniels, soph., forward; Nathan Aliberti, soph., forward.Coach Steve Scanlon (30th season): “Our strength will be our defense. We have five returning defensemen and two good goalies, but we’re replacing a lot of goals. We lost three kids, who scored 10, 11 and 12 goals each, so that’s 33 goals right there. We don’t have a proven goal-scorer right now, so scoring goals will be a wait and see thing.”