2018-19 Record: 43-7-0-0
Outlook: The Hitmen were at the top of the NCDC from pretty much the start of the season right to the end. The Jersey crew is back with hopes of keeping that energy going in the Dineen Cup playoffs.
“Winning 43 games last year has shown that the bulk of this team has established that they can win at this level,” said head coach Toby Harris. “On top of that, we add recruits from long-time winning programs such as Northwood School, Skipjacks Hockey Club and Cushing Academy that we hope will positively impact and strengthen our culture.”
Top returning players: Harris expects UVM recruit Mickey Burns will be a “top five NCDC scorer,” while Quinnipiac commit Connor Tait is expected to break the 20-goal mark. Fellow future QU Bobcat John Campomenosi and Dartmouth commit Tyler Borsch will anchor the blue line. Casey Rhodes and Jericho Petkovich will also build on strong 2018-19 campaigns.
Top newcomers: Forward Whim Stalberg (UVM) comes to the Hitmen with size (6-5, 220) out of Sweden’s SuperElit league. Another big body, Andrew Gilbert (6-5, 215), will be among the top shutdown defensemen this year, Harris added.
Quinnipiac commit Liam McLinskey moves up from the USPHL 18U Hitmen with “a professional skill set.”