Parity is a word that can be associated with this year’s Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ hockey season.
The title will be up for grabs as each team returns a plethora of experience.
Perennial power Saranac Lake, which was able to reach the final four a season ago, looks to defend its crown with veteran leadership at every position on the ice.
CVAC regular-season champion Beekmantown was unable to make a clean sweep of Plattsburgh High and was upset in the sectional semifinals. Yet the Hornets couldn’t overcome a three-goal deficit in the championship.
Lake Placid owns one of its most experienced teams in years, while Northeastern Clinton is expected to be strong from the net out.
Saranac’s program is on the rise, and the Chiefs look to be a threat come playoff time.
The Eagles (16-2-3, 8-0-2 last year) were hit hard by graduation, losing eight key contributors, including leading goal-scorer Carter Frechette and standout defenseman Jordan Barriere.
However, coach Justin Frechette has placed emphasis on developing underclassmen and believes this group is ready to produce at a higher level.
Finishing on offensive opportunities while getting solid goaltending from Dustin Plumadore and Ben Frederick will be key. Each netminder has exhibited excellent athleticism in the preseason, Frechette said.
At forward, the Eagles return seniors Cole Carter, Brenden Carnright, Tanner Roser and Austin Bradish.
Hunter Dominy, Jordan Barriere, Carter Frechette, Tavon Ford-Relation, Kody Rascoe, Scott Santor, Corey Gonyea, Dereck Fleming.
Josh Barriere, Kyle Bisonette, Austin Bradish, Brenden Carnright, Cole Carter, Kyle Constanty, Skye Dominy, Nate Foster, Ben Frederick, Brett Giroux, Seth Holder, Matt LaClair, Dustin Plumadore, Tanner Roser, Callum Sullivan, Ryan Waterbury.
Keenan Carter, Gabriel Chamberlain, Cameron Giroux, Ely Giroux, Bryce Lee, Brantley Marion.
The Blue Bombers (14-6-1, 6-3-1) return 19 players from last year’s squad and look to utilize good team speed while operating an up-tempo style of play this season.