Boys' Ice HockeyHill School ice hockey has been a part of New England Prep School hockey for more than 55 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. Locally, The Hill is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League, which also includes Lawrenceville, Princeton Day School, Wyoming Seminary, The Hun School, LaSalle College High School, and Portledge School. 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.
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Head Coach: Chris Bala '97 | firstname.lastname@example.org
After spending five seasons as an assistant coach, Chris Bala took over as the head boys’ varsity ice hockey coach in the 2013-14 season. Bala spent two years at The Hill as a student, serving as President of the Sixth Form in 1996-97. After an outstanding career at The Hill, Bala went on to play at Harvard University, where he was a four-year member of the Crimson Men’s Hockey team. The Ottawa Senators drafted Bala in the second round of the 1998 NHL draft, and he 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 to the Senators. He retired at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, and returned to The Hill that fall as a member of the Admission Office. In addition to coaching at The Hill, Bala also has coached for the USA Hockey Mid-Atlantic District during the summer months.
Jake Kratz '07
Nate Yinger '05
Hill graduates who currently are playing hockey at a higher level:
* Tyler Paquette '19 - Des Moines Buccaneeres (USHL)
David Hill '18 - Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL)
Dalton Jerzak '18 - New Jersey 87s (EHL)
Brandon Picard '17 - Montreal-Est Rangers (QJAAAHL)
Jake Cerullo '16 - University of Colorado (Boulder)
Matt Snader '16 - University of Pittsburgh
Trent Thomas '16 - University of Pittsburgh
Andrew Troy '16 - Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL)
Mikhail Bryan '13 - Suffolk University
Max Novak '10 - Tingsryds AIF (Swedish League 1)