It was anything but ordinary, however local boys hockey teams managed to complete a shortened season this past winter.
Most teams didn’t play more than 10 games, yet success was still attained by some, while others were left searching for more.
Five players were selected for this year’s all-herald hockey team, from the three local co-ops that have varsity squads.
Sam Davies and Kilian Ranger were chosen from the Newington/Berlin/Manchester team, which finished in first-place in the Central Connecticut Conference South Division, with a 9-0-1 overall record.
Davies and Ranger each played critical roles in Newington’s first conference championship in nine seasons, as Davies scored the game-winner in a five overtime thriller against Wethersfield during the semifinal round, while Ranger netted a goal in the conference title game versus Tri-Town.
"Kilian developed into one of the best goal scorers in the state,” Newington coach David Harackiewicz said. “His quick release and accuracy made it difficult for goalies to stop his shots.”
Davies and Ranger highlighted Newington’s senior class, which featured seven skaters this season.
"Sammy was a clutch player that you could count on at the end of a game,” Harackiewicz said. “His gritty style and one-on-one checking was difficult for opposing players to handle"
The Plainville/Rocky Hill/Middletown/HK co-op saw two players selected in Trevor Schad and Owen Davidson.
Plainville struggled to find consistency as it finished 2-6 in the south division, despite having two of the top players in Schad and Davidson.
Schad, a goaltender, had a phenomenal junior season but didn’t get much support this time around.
Davidson manned the blue line for Plainville and brought much-needed experience on the backend.
Lastly, Duncan Hollander made up Southington/Hall’s only selection.
Playing only five games, Southington won four of them to finish in third place in the CCC South.
Hollander put together another strong season for Southington, after piling up 41 points during the 2019-20 season.
Southington lost to Tri-Town during the semifinal round of the CCC South playoffs, ending its season earlier than it expected as the No. 1 seed in the tournament.