About the Program:
Hill School ice hockey has been a part of New England Prep School hockey for more than 50 years. As an independent Division I prep program and associate member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC
), The Hill plays against some of the top talent from New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Our varsity team typically plays 30+ games each season, and well over half of those are against NEPSAC opponents. This upcoming season we will take part in the St. George's Christmas Tournament and the Tabor Academy New Year’s Tournament, in addition to a number of NEPSIHA games. The Blues practice and play their home games on campus at Hall/Eccleston Arena
, a multi-million dollar indoor facility that holds nearly 500 spectators and features state of the art locker rooms for all players.
In addition to the varsity team, the boys’ hockey program also features a Junior Varsity team. The JV schedule consists of 16-18 games against a combination of JV and appropriately competitive varsity-level prep and public school teams from throughout the region. Between practices and games, the JV team typically is on the ice six days per-week throughout the season. Please contact head JV coach Andy Bessette
with any questions about The Hill JV program.
Hill’s head boys’ hockey coach Chris Bala, a native of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, took over the team for the 2013-14 season. Coach Bala attended The Hill for two years as a student, serving as the Sixth Form President in 1996-97. After a prolific career at The Hill, he attended Harvard University, where he was a four-year member of the Crimson Men's Hockey program. A second round pick of the Ottawa Senators in the 1998 NHL draft, Bala made his professional debut in 2001-02 after graduating from Harvard. During his rookie season, Bala was an AHL All-Star and earned a call-up from the Senators. He remained in the AHL through the 2004-05 season, then spent two seasons playing with the Reading Royals of the ECHL before retiring in 2006-07.
Where are they now?
Recent Hill graduates
who played hockey for the Blues have played and are now playing at the college level and beyond. Some of the programs our players are associated with or have been playing at are: Amherst, Assumption, Bowdoin, Connecticut College, University of Delaware, Harvard, Hobart, Holy Cross, Middlebury, Neumann, Penn State, University of Massachusetts (Boston), University of Southern Maine, Saint Anselm, Saint Michael’s, Trinity, Union, Wesleyan, and Williams.
Please consider visiting the campus to see all that The Hill has to offer. For more information about our program, please fill out the online inquiry form
. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the Hill hockey program in more detail, please send an email Coach Bala.