2020-21 Season Preview: Hamden Green Dragons
2019-20 Record: 8-12-0
Head Coach: Todd Hall (6th season)
Key Returning Players: Bryce Riccitelli (F, Sr.), Jesse Fracasso (F, Sr.), Craig Cesare (F, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Tyler Milrad (Fr.), Bode Becker (Fr.)
Goalie Situation: Max Ricci has graduated after seeing the bulk of load last year for the Dragons. Junior Ben Bielen takes over as the top guy. Bielen saw over 200 minutes of ice time last year and looks to take the step up. Freshman Brodie Sargolini will push for ice time.
Key Losses: Jack Shane, Alan Cozzolino, Joe D’Adamo, Alex Ponzio, Rob Celentano (all to graduation)
Outlook: If a rebuilding season was a thing at the high school level, that’s probably what we’d classify this season for the Green Dragons. Hamden starts the year with nine new varsity players and just 14 returning, most playing very limited time at the varsity level. In net, Hamden is especially inexperienced with junior Ben Bielen taking over the starter role from the graduated Max Ricci. Nearly half of the Green Dragons’ offensive production has graduated, thrusting seniors Bryce Riccitelli (15 G, 8 A, 23 Pts) and Jesse Fracasso (7 G, 8 A, 15 Pts) into needed, prominent scoring roles. The often-injured Craig Cesare (5 G, 3 A, 8 Pts) could be in for a big year if he can stay healthy. If Hamden is to compete and be successful, they will need some contributions from guys who haven’t had much time in the limelight. Under 6th-year Head Coach Todd Hall’s guidance, Hamden has quieted the doubters in recent years where their roster was rather depleted, so you can never count out the Green Dragons. But it appears it’ll take a rather Herculean effort for Hamden to match, at least personnel-wise, what some other DI programs are returning.