Stevenson head coach Tom Wood provides some insight of what to expect from the Patriots this year.
Last year's record: - 55-17-2-1
How many kids did you graduate? Will this have a big impact on your season? If so, how and how will you manage it?
Graduated 14 Seniors. 10 Varsity and 4 from JV. We lost 300 points of scoring from three guys last year. We also graduated all 3 goaltenders. However, I have 13 seniors this year. We are actually an older team than we were a year ago and filled our roster with players from the JV State Championship team as well as a few players from outside the program.
Who are your key returning players?
Zach Wesley Senior Defenseman, Adam Offenbach Senior Center, Carter Devlin Senior Wing, Sam Shellist Senior Defensemen, Seth Cohen Senior Wing
Who are some new up and coming players you are counting on?
Liam Jones Sophomore, Brett Stokes Junior, Billy Kopka Senior, and Daniel Romm Senior
What will the style of the team be? What identity will the team have?
We will have a very balanced team this year. We are going to play a puck possession game with an aggressive forecheck and an emphasis on strong team defense.
What's a storyline or a trend to watch this season?
Our success will depend on how well our goalies adapt to the jump from Junior Varsity to Varsity.
Who in the SHL or around the city is a team or player to watch?
Stevenson, New Trier Green, Loyola Gold, St. Viator, Providence, GBN, and Benet Academy. Players to watch (Soudan, Dolby, Randle (NT Green), Day, Wilcox, Burke (GBN), Finegan, Obrien, Hackett (Loyola), Bauman, Nimrod, Avino (St. Viator), Bottvinik (GBS) Jones, Parisi (Barrington) Paschen, Lee (York), Jones (OPRF), Pearce (Waubonsie), Rohrbacher (Fenwick) Davis (Providence)