The makeup of the 2018-2019 roster is much as in years past: half of the old team is gone and a new half has arrived. Although we have moved on some incredible talent to juniors, our new recruits and players who have moved up from our U16 team combined ought to make us very competitive again this year. The group includes an interesting mix of speed, size and skill. Time will tell, but this year’s edition ought to be a dynamic and fun team to watch.
Senior Thomas Scarfone is back in goal for his second and final season as a Spartan. He put up exceptional numbers last year and is poised for another big year ahead.
Up front, we return a core of senior forwards who will all take on a big leadership role. Greg Lapointe will be a huge piece of our offence, while Andrew Amousse and Brendan McCarthy will bring two-way play and much needed maturity to our group. Other returning forwards include sophomore Cole Huckins, who is destined for a breakout season. Cole possesses all the tools and will definitely be attracting attention from the hockey world. Lastly, Matthew Johnson enters his junior year benefitting from a full year of experience under his belt.
At the back, the team returns senior captain Richard Hall, who brings steady play and a respected voice. He is joined by Samuel Willits, who also benefits from a year of experience entering his senior season. Sam is a steady defender and also ready for a big year ahead.
In goal, the team welcomes William McEvoy from the Rockland Nationals U18 program.
On defense, newcomers include Isack Bandu from the Grenadier de Chateauguay Midget AAA team, as well as Michael Deforel from Luins, Swizerland, and Xavier Jean-Louis from College Jean Eudes.
Rounding off our back end, we have three former U16 team players who have moved up after a few years at Stanstead: BJ Roy, Todd Northgrave and Bodie Nobes.
Our new forwards include: Devon Devries from the Grenadiers de Chateauguay Midget AAA team, Alex Lindroos from Espoo, Finland and Conner Ehmann from Eagle River Alaska. In addition, Blake Chasse from the Halifax McDonald’s, as well as Sean Chisholm from the Hamilton Bulldogs. Rounding off our forward group, we have three Spartans who have moved up from our U16 program, having benefitted from a few years at Stanstead as well: Jeremie Gagnon, Hugo Lecavalier and Caleb Goudreau.
Our Spartans continue to be coached by Dan Poliziani and Matthew Thompson. Both are respected men of experience and bring great commitment and passion each and every day.