Time to Break the Ice

The boys hockey team has high hopes for this season.

The boys hockey team has high hopes for this season. Photo courtesy of Zach Gosselin.

By Danica Nadeau ’15

Edward Little High School’s boys ice hockey team will be starting their season November 18. Senior Colin Benson believes that his coach, social studies teacher Craig Latuscha, will have high expectations of the team just like he has in previous years. “Latuscha is always hyped up and even more now seeing as how we have the new rink,” Benson said. “He’ll want a great opening season from us as a team. So yeah, he will push us.”

Matthew Grenier, sophomore, is very excited to get the “family” back together for this upcoming hockey season. “The closeness of the team this year will assist us with building our strengths as the season goes along, and will help them defeat the teams they should beat” said Grenier.

Junior Zachary Gosselin, returning goalie, thinks that as long as the team works very hard, they can give any team in the league a “run for their money.”

There are a few weeks before the first actual game, so the practices will be very strenuous for the players. Grenier seems to think that they will be comprised of a lot of skating and a lot of drills.

“Practices are going to be tough and tiring,” said Gosselin. “Coach expects a lot out of us. He thinks we should always give 110 percent, especially if we want to get better and beat the teams that we want to beat.”

“We have a very competitive team this year,” Gosselin said. “Our sophomores are very strong, and now our freshmen are strong as well.”

The team is composed of a number of younger players this year, according to Benson. “Even though the team is young, they will still be very competitive,” he said.

Grenier agreed. “The raw talent of the freshmen this year will add a lot to the teams potential to go far,” he said.

Not new to hockey, but new to the Edward Little hockey program, Devin Dumont is a new sophomore and goalie for the boys team. Dumont believes that if his team wants to be successful and make playoffs this year, their chemistry will play a major role in meeting that goal. “Communication is key, by far,” said Dumont.

Matt Grenier evades an opponent  during a game last year.

Matt Grenier evades an opponent during a game last year. Photo courtesy of Amanda Grenier.

At the end of the day, teamwork, and dedication are the two things that sum up how to be successful in sports, according to Benson. Some teammates may be content with just making it to playoffs, others, like freshman Zachary Boyd, are looking for that victory title. “It would be sweet to win it at this year. We have the talent to take us far as long as we put our minds to it” Said Boyd.

“I would like to get as close to states as possible. Better yet, win states,” adds Tyler Couture, returning sophomore.

 

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