New England Prep School Hockey is one of the best school sponsored hockey leagues in North America. It has a long and rich history of producing student athletes who have gone on to play at the NCAA and Olympic levels
On the US Gold Medal Olympic team, 5 players had prep hockey roots. Kendall Coyne (Loomis/Berkshire), Cayla Barnes (New Hampton), Meghan Duggan (Cushing), Kacey Bellamy (Berkshire) and Hillary Knight (Choate). Duggan was the captain of the team and Bellamy the alternate captain.
The first 2 Patty Kazmaier award winners for the top female college hockey player in the country went to former prep players in 1998 and 1999 and a total of 7 have won it.
Brandy Fischer (Governors) – 1998
Alison Mleczko (Taft) – 1999
Angela Ruggiero (Choate) – 2004
Julie Chu (Choate/Northwood) – 2007
Sarah Vaillancourt (Pomfret) – 2008
Alex Carpenter (Governors) – 2015
Kendall Coyne (Loomis / Berkshire) – 2017
The league leverages top quality academics with one of the most competitive hockey environments in the US/CAN. Teams play between 25-30 games per season and benefit by a 2:1 practice to game ratio. Most teams practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with games on Wednesday and Saturday.