2020-21 Season Preview: Daniel Hand Tigers
2019-20 Record: 17-2-1
Head Coach: Brian Gonsalves (3rd season)
Key Returning Players: Tatum Fitzmaurice (F, Sr.), Ethan Massey (F, Sr.), Logan Massey (F, Sr.), Teddy Licari (F, Sr.), John Gagliardi (D, Sr.), Kevin Sandor (D, Jr.), Eric Dillner (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: TBD
Goalie Situation: A Goalie of the Year Finalist from a year ago, senior Eric Dillner (22 Starts, 18 Wins, 1.5 GAA, .940 SV%, 5 Shutouts) looks to finish his career strong. Few goalies in the state are as dependable as Dillner.
Key Losses: Brendan Ryan, Holden Prestash (both to graduation), Joey Deangelis (Canterbury)
Outlook: Returning 18 players, 3rd-year bench boss and 2019-20 CTHSHockey Division II Coach of the Year, Brian Gonsalves has to be thrilled a 2020-21 season is happening while still a little bummed that last year ended so abruptly. After all, Gonsalves led Hand to their most wins in program history with 17. Many of the pieces that got them there are back this season. Upfront senior Tatum Fitzmaurice (30 G, 37 A, 67 Pts) returns as one of the state’s best players. Fitzmaurice led DII in scoring last year and was second in the state earning him CTHSHockey Division II Skater of the Year. He’s joined up front by the accomplished Massey brothers. Seniors Ethan (16 G, 16 A, 32 Pts) and Logan (13 G, 12 A, 25 Pts) have the ability to steal a game every time out. On D, Hand is loaded as well returning the offensively-inclined senior John Gagliardi (6 G, 19 A, 25 Pts) and junior Kevin Sandor (4 G, 14 A, 18 Pts). Possibly most important of all, Hand has senior Eric Dillner back for his senior season in net, a spot he’s gotten better and better at each year, ultimately landing him in perennial Goalie of the Year discussions. Hand could’ve been more dangerous, however. Joey Deangelis, after a 67-point season of his own, left the Tigers for Canterbury in the offseason. This move, however daunting, shouldn’t derail the Tigers who are still built to be a winner and possibly the winner at the Division II SCC/SWC level. To put it simply, this is a team that could compete with some of the top Division I SCC/SWC groups. Can’t wait to see them in action.