Let me preface this listing by saying this is strictly based on what I've seen this year. I have been to a ton of games and have seen a great amount of high school hockey. Naturally, not everyone will agree with these selections but that doesn't concern me much. I also didn't pay special attention to naming three forwards and two D like many all-anything teams do because many skaters do a little of both during a high school season. Enjoy.
MVP: Sean Wilkinson, Ridgefield
Coach of the Year: Ken Barse, Glastonbury
Rookie of the Year: Tyler Carangelo, Hamden
Ryan Brennan All Heart Award: Eddie Sherman, NDWH & Conor Peterson, Fairfield Prep
Best Offensive Defenseman: Kyle Leyerzapf, West Haven
Best Defensive Defenseman: Tom Worsfold, Fairfield Prep
F Ethan Holdaway- (Sr.) Glastonbury
|Holdaway in Glastonbury's QF win over Darien.|
F David White- (Jr.) Fairfield Prep
|White against Hamden.|
F Colby Cretella- (Sr.) Notre Dame-West Haven
Notre Dame-West Haven's captain was as steady of a presence on the ice as anyone in the state all season. In on every play, Cretella amassed 56 points (25 G, 31 A) and led his Green Knights to a state championship. This two way player backchecks better than anyone in the state and led the Knights with a quiet demeanor that resonated very loudly.
F Billy Vizzo- (So.) Notre Dame-West Haven
|Vizzo celebrating with the ND student section.|
F Sean Wilkinson- (Sr.) Ridgefield
|Sean Wilkinson of Ridgefield.|
G Riley Wikman- (Sr.) Fairfield Prep
Many argue that goalies from top teams like Prep don't belong because of all the help they get. At the end of the day the Jesuits' play one of the hardest schedules in the state against not only the top teams locally but from all over the New England area. Wikman responded to this incredible strength of schedule with 6 shutouts including "no-no's" against Hamden, Ridgefield, Springfield Cathedral, BC High and Catholic Memorial. He finished with a 1.40 GAA and a .953 save percentage.
F Mike Troiano- (Sr.) West Haven
Troiano started the season like gangbusters leading the state in scoring 8 goals in the first three West Haven games. He cooled off a bit but still showed the state the incredible amount of talent that he posses tallying 42 points (20 G, 22 A).
F Greg Zullo- (Jr.) Notre Dame-West Haven
Zullo could very well be a first teamer, but imagine the flack I'd catch for that? Hampered by a concussion earlier this season, Zullo was still miraculously able to collect 48 points (14 G, 34 A) continuously feeding the likes of Cretella and Vizzo on arguably the state's best line. Zullo returns next year hoping to help the Knights repeat.
F CK Keator- (Jr.) St. Joseph
|St. Joseph's Keator|
F Drew Mozzer- (Sr.) Glastonbury
Holdaway's side kick has speed that can match the best and a deft scoring touch that forces people to nearly jump over the boards and possibly get kicked out of Ingalls. Wink. The senior finished with an eye popping 47 points (25 G, 22 A) and is mulling over juniors and prep school for next season.
F Jake Granito- (Sr.) New Canaan
|New Canaan's Granito|
G Luc Amatruda- (Jr.) Notre Dame-West Haven
Amatruda stood on his head in the state championship game en route to a shutout victory over Glastonbury. His microscopic 1.57 GAA is what places him here on this list. Amatruda wrestled the starting job away from fellow junior Paul Sliwonski and never gave it back. Look for Amatruda to hold down the fort next season when the Knights go for two in a row.
F Joe Bianchi- (Sr.) Amity
Bianchi's name gets forgotten simply because he's on the lone DI SCC school to not make the state tournament this year but don't let that take away from the skills that this kid possesses. He has one of the finest wrist shots in the state that often catches goalies off balance. He finished with 39 points (25 G, 14 A) and will play at the post grad level or juniors.
F Jeremy Germain- (So.) Hamden
|Amity's captain Joe Bianchi|
F AJ Unker- (Sr.) Fairfield Prep
The Jesuits' captain was a steadying presence for Prep all year. The coaches and spectators knew what they'd get out of Unker on any given day. He finished with 39 points (13 G, 26 A) and with help from White and Connor Henry showed the state what a top line looks like. He will continue his playing career at Williston North Hampton Prep next year.
F Brendan Hathaway- (Jr.) Darien
Hathaway played leaps and bounds ahead of any other Wave player this year and ended up with 32 points (22 G, 10 A) for his efforts. The junior will return next year primed for a run a little deeper into the state tourney than this year's effort.
D Kyle Leyerzapf- (Sr.) West Haven
The Blue Devils shook up the state with a quarterfinal win over Ridgefield at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport to move on to the semifinals but it was the effort all year from Kyle Leyerzapf that gave them that chance in the first place. The state's best puck moving defenseman finished with 32 points (13 G, 19 A) all while playing steady, solid defense for the Westies.
G Max Rothston- (Sr.) Darien
The Wave's senior netminder played nearly every minute in net for them this year. This big bodied Rothston posted a 2.19 GAA and a .922 save percentage in the process while notching four shutouts.
|Hamden's Mike Lee|
F Austin Hansen- (Jr.) West Haven
F Nick Bruno- (Sr.) Darien
F Rich Decarlo- (Sr.) East Haven
F Stephen Marsico- (So.) East Haven
D Anthony Astorino- (Sr.) Notre Dame-West Haven
F Jack Gethings- (So.) Xavier
F John Ferguson- (Sr.) St. Joseph
D Mike Lee- (So.) Hamden
F Tyler Carangelo- (Fr.) Hamden
D Tom Worsfold- (Sr.) Fairfield Prep
F Dylan Hart- (Sr.) New Canaan
F David Ouellette- (Sr.) South Windsor
F Joey Bonazelli- (Sr.) South Windsor
F Brendan Lemire- (Sr.) Fermi-Enfield
F Tyler Violano- (Sr.) Cheshire
G Andy Varga- (Sr.) Hamden
G Mike Amarone- (Sr.) North Haven
G Chris Marchi- (Sr.) South Windsor