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“All good things must come to an end,” an old proverb would have it, and so the varsity hockey team’s 2015-16 season ended with a 3-2 lost to The Gunnery in the quarterfinals of the New England Elite Eight Hockey Championships. March 2, 2016 – the date that the Knights’ history-making streak of three consecutive New England Championships came to a close on the Rudd Rink ice. The Gunnery would go on to capture the school’s first hockey championship, but falling to the ultimate winner in a one-goal game would be small consolation for Salisbury after its 1,095-day reign as kings of what is arguably the most coveted crown in prep sports.

A slew of newcomers join a core group of returners in what is bound to start as a period of getting acquainted with one another. Just how quickly new and old can assimilate may establish the direction the team will take. The early going, with six games on the schedule in the two-week run-up to the Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament, should be indicative.

Graduation sent fifteen players from last year’s team off to the college and junior ranks. With them went a whopping 84% of the goals scored for a team that finished its season with a 20-5-1 record. Returners include Tyce Thompson, Jacques Bouquot, and Michael Foggia, three forwards who logged significant ice time last season and all of whom will serve as assistant captains this year; two top defenders in team captain Nick Hale and Julian Coleman; and one of the most experienced goal-tending tandems in the New England Ranks in Jonah Capriotti and Nick Sorgio. Other returners who should see increased action this winter include forwards Chad Soule and Nicholas Lachaine and defensemen Theo McDowell and Vellu Vanttinen.

No fewer than thirteen new players will suit up for the Knights’ season-opener against Taft. Forwards in that group include Campbell Balk, Johnny Beecher, AlexDPaolo, Evan Gray, Matty Holmes, Riley Johnson, Bennett Psyhogeos, Kevin Wall, and Brett Willits. Lining up on defense will be Peter Diliberatore, Noah Lee, Tyler Somerville, and Ryan Verrier.

And opposing teams have long since come to realize they will face another formidable opponent when they come to the Flood Center: Salisbury’s “seventh man,” the animated Hilltop faithful who fill the stands at Rudd Rink for every home game.

“There will plenty of opportunity for returning and new players to have an impact on our squad this year,” observes head coach Andrew Will, mindful of the talent he saw depart last June. “We are very excited about our leadership corps, and the motivation, drive and focus of the group. We anticipate having depth up front where we will get contributions from all four lines. Our goal is to play a fast, aggressive and up-tempo style, and we feel our forward group has the skill and ability that will allow us to do that effectively.

“We believe we have a smart, mobile and skilled D-corps,” Will adds. “We have a mix of experience and new players on our blue line that will allow us to defend well while providing offensive contributions from the back end.

“We return both goaltenders,” Will notes, “so we have maturity and skill in goal. Both of them are very hard-working and talented, so they give our team plenty of confidence and experience in net.” 

Get out the red and black body paint: the 2016-17 hockey season is underway.

History of the Program

Hockey arrived as an interscholastic sport during the winter of 1904-1905 when twelve boys turned out for practice on frozen Lake Washinee. Early opponents included nearby teams like Searles, Kent and Lakeville. Play was suspended in 1913 due to the difficulty in maintaining acceptable playing surfaces. By 1922, matches had moved to a new hockey pond located next to Route 44. Interscholastic hockey was suspended during most of the 1930s but returned in 1939, when the old boards were resurrected and played on a rink built on the football field. The true "Father of Salisbury Hockey" was coach Roswell "Hop" Rudd, who arrived on the Hilltop in 1948. His teams won the Connatonic League Championship in 1956, 1965, 1966 and 1967.

The team moved indoors in 1967, into what later was named Rudd Rink. Under Coach Matt Corkery the squad won three consecutive Rudd Conference Championships in 1984-1986 and then New England's Division II Cup in 1991. The team stepped up to Division I competition a few years later. Under the guiding hand of coaches Dan Donato and then Andrew Will, the squad earned co-championship honors of the Housatonic Hockey League in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011, while earning league championship honors in 2012, 2013 and 2016. Salisbury has won a total of five New England Division I Championships. The team garnered its first title in 2006, and its second in 2009. Salisbury has also won an additional three New England Division I Championships with consecutive titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Over the years Salisbury graduates have joined the rosters of the nation's best college hockey teams.

New England Prep School Champions

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2009
  • 2006

Housatonic Hockey League Champions 

  • 2016
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 2005

NHL Draft Picks 

Ryan Segalla  UConn Pittsburgh – 4th Round 2013
Danny Biega   Harvard Carolina – 3rd Round 2010
Paul Carey BC  Colorado – 5th Round 2007
Kevin Quick  Michigan  Tampa Bay – 3rd Round 2006
Alex Biega  Harvard Buffalo – 6th Round 2006
Brian O’Hanley BC San Jose – 9th Round 2003 
Ben Blais  Quinnipiac NY Islanders – 9th Round 1998
Kyle Kidney  UMass Colorado – 9th Round 1997

NHL Free Agents

Marc Arcobello  Yale Edmonton Oilers   2011
Brian Gibbons   BC Pittsburgh Penguins  2011

Where Are They Now?





James Gobetz

Penn State University


Kale Kane

University of Vermont


Griffin Luce

University of Michigan


Michael O’Leary

Notre Dame (2014 Canada U17 Team)


Quincy Gregg

Skidmore College


Ray Seebeck

Colby College


Vimal Sukumaran

Providence College





Derek Barach

Mercyhurst College


Adam Baughman

Harvard University


Dylan Holze

Wesleyan University


Neil Robinson

Holy Cross


Evan Smith

Yale University


Mitchell Smith

Yale University





William Brooks

Colgate University


Jacob Hand

Lake Superior State University


Liam McDermott



Mark Hamilton

University of Maine


Jason Kalinowski

University of New Hampshire


Brian Platt

Manhattanville College


Matt Pugh

Tufts University


Ryan Segalla

University of Connecticut 


Aaron Titcomb

Merrimack College





Nate Bubacy

Connecticut College


Ondrej Krajnak

Skidmore College


Zack Pryzbek

Brown University


John Stevens

Northeastern University


Philip Zielonka

Harvard University


Marc Biega

Merrimack College





Gabe Antoni

Bentley University


Jack Barre

Dartmouth College


Matthew Caito                                          

Miami University of Ohio


Joey DeConcilys

Brown University


JP Durso

Nazareth College


Jon Gillies

Providence College


Gunnar Hughes

St. Lawrence University


Kevin Morris

Miami University of Ohio


Adam Platt

Manhattanville College





Steven Cook



Max Edson

United States Air Force Academy


Billy Fitzgerald

Dartmouth College


Kyle Hughes

Manhattanville College


Andy Iles

Cornell University – 2011 US World Jr. Team (Goalie)


Michael McCann

Colgate University


Brandon Russo

Canisius University





Danny Biega

Harvard University 


Francis Drolet

Brown University


John Guay

Wesleyan University





Anthony Borelli

Brown University


Jack Clayman

Hobart College


Matt Clune

College of the Holy Cross


Paul Jaskot

Trinity College


Shawn Manning



Adam Pawlick

Clarkson University





Michael Biega

Harvard University


Joe Capuano

Connecticut College


Brian Gibbons

Boston College


Justin Guttek

Williams College


Nick Jaskowiak

Yale University


Rudy Luther

Bowdoin College


Matt Masucci

Williams College


Dan Reed

Clarkson University


Kevin Quick

University of Michigan





Mark Arcobello

Yale University


Alex Biega

Harvard University


David Cavanagh

Providence College


John Cavanagh

Providence College


Greg Collins

Providence College


Jeremiah Cunningham

St. Lawrence University


Will Ortiz

UMASS Amherst


Sean Sylvester

Curry College





Mike Atkinson

Quinnipiac University


Brian Baldelli

Babson College


Andrew Estey

Union College


Brian Hartigan                         

St. Anselm’s College


Jeff Mack

Hobart College


Jerry Pollastrone

University of New Hampshire


Phillippe Paquet

Clarkson University


Steve Smolinsky

Boston University


Tyler Quinn

St. Olaf College





Matt Crum

Trinity College


Greg Goldman

Wesleyan University


Brian O’Hanley

Boston College


Luke Salscheider

St. Thomas University


Tim Trahon

Curry College

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