All-Eagle Hockey Capsules
The leading scorer in Massachusetts, Ouimet was the Warrior every team keyed on this season. The Drury High School student scored a state-high 84 points this season -- 45 goals and 39 assists.
The coach's take: Your best defensive line, from the opponent's standpoint, is going to be matched up against him. Oftentimes, there would be two players on him. That would open up everybody else.
-- Don Disbrow, Wahconah coach Lane Grogan
Grogan may not have been the most graceful player on the Warriors, but Disbrow was quick to note that he would dig in the corner for a puck and "go to those dirty places." It paid off, as Grogan scored 26 goals and added 33 assists this year on the top line.
The coach's take: He's got a really good wrist shot. It's accurate. It's hard. When he releases it quick, it's deadly. He has a nose for winning, a nose for the puck. He knows where to go.
Smart and perhaps even a bit underrated, Montferret was the second-leading point scorer on the Warriors with 60 (24 goals, 36 assists).
The coach's take: He's got a little bit of Lane in him, [and] he's got a little bit of Ryan in him. He has more skill than a lot of people think, particularly in his passing ability, stickhandling and shooting.
Disbrow sees Poulton, a Hoosac Valley student, as the team's hardest worker. He often teamed with sophomore Jeff Hancock on the top-line defense, and was known to be a solid 1-on-1 player when opponents crossed the blue line.
The coach's take: He was relentless in the defensive zone. You could see that, not just in games, but in every practice. ... He had that role of being a leader and a mentor.
Senior, St. Joseph
The now three-time All-Eagle honoree was a standout in the postseason for the Crusaders. Leitch made 105 saves in two Western Mass. games, and stopped 574 of 605 shots all season for a 2.00 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.
The coach's take: They knew he was back there. They were always counting on him like he counts on his forwards and defensemen. He just [set] the whole team a little at ease. He was unbelievable [in Western Mass.]. He dominated the games.
-- Tim Kelly, St. Joseph coach
Senior, St. Joseph
Leitch joined the 100-point club this season for St. Joe, scoring 26 goals and adding 13 assists. He finished his Crusader career with 111 points.
The coach's take: Pure speed, talent and skills. He kind of knew where everyone was on the ice, and he'd dish it out or score himself.
Senior, St. Joseph
Tim Kelly compared Romejko's style of play to that of Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand. Romejko, who joined the Crusaders as a sophomore, scored 13 goals and added 11 assists this season.
The coach's take: He never stopped moving. He would dig in the corners. He'd go where the fighting was the fiercest and do everything he could to get that puck in the net. He was just relentless.
The multi-sport standout shone on the ice for the Braves. Bonacquisti was a captain this season, and was also the team's leading scorer with 20 goals and six assists. The team gave him its offensive MVP award.
The coach's take: He was definitely the leader of the team -- in the locker room and off the ice. The way a leader should be. He wasn't so vocal on the ice; he led more with his style of play. Off the ice, he was a little more vocal. I wish I had all the kids on the team like him and a few others.
-- Stephen Terpak, Taconic coach
Bateman, a co-captain for the Braves and the team's defensive MVP award winner, was one of the Hennessy League's better defensemen on offense. He scored five goals and seven assists, and was the third-leading point scorer for the Braves this season.
The coach's take: If it came down to ... one play, the team we were playing picked their best offensive player, and we were putting our best defensive player on the ice ... who would be the player we'd choose in that situation? It would be Ryan Bateman.
Sophomore, Mount Everett
Malicky led the Eagles in scoring this season, starting the year up front before moving to the back line to finish Mount Everett's season.
The coach's take: If you saw us play, [he was the best] by far. Great presence, great feel for the game. Highly skilled and a team player. A kid that makes the players around him better.
-- Joe Milan, Everett coach
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