Last year was a familiar site at the Division I boys’ hockey championship at Gutterson Fieldhouse with BFA-St. Albans hoisting the championship trophy for the 17th time in program history.
The 17 titles to the program’s name is the most in the state beating out Essex, who is second with 14 and Spaulding coming up in a distant third place with six Division I championships. Fittingly enough, it was against Essex that the Bobwhites came away with a 2-0 win in last year’s game to decide it all.
Now, with the 2015-16 season in the past, the Bobwhites are turning their attention to a new year in search of No. 18.
BFA will continue to use their size and strength to its advantage this season according to coach Toby Ducolon, who is entering his 27th season at the helm of the Bobwhite program.
The team will be returning a good cast of players from last year’s championship run, including Isaac Cioffi, Collin Manahan, Zac Savage and Connor Wood.
According to Ducolon, Cioffi brings solid senior leadership and good a good work ethic he is hoping is contagious to the rest of the team. Savage will also be a senior leader on the team with a strong puck presence, while Manahan brings his junior leadership and ability to do what needs to be done to the table.
Wood, a sophomore, is a threat on the ice whenever he has the puck and plays well defensively throughout the game.
Ducolon said keys for having a strong regular season and making a deep postseason run will be depending on senior leadership, playing strict defensively, staying healthy and getting the new players experience throughout the course of preseason and the regular season.
The Bobwhites will open up their season and begin their title defense when they host the Doc Tulip Holiday Classic on Dec. 16 when they take on Canton, N.Y.