Staples Hockey Heads To Yale Whale

In 2016, the Staples High School ice hockey team — a co-op squad, with Weston and Shelton Highs — reached the Connecticut Division III state finals. They lost in heartbreaking fashion — with just 30 seconds left in the game.

As a result, they were bumped up to Division II. The Wreckers had a tough year. They did not even qualify for states.

Back in Division III this winter, they’re playing with only Staples students. There are not enough athletes for a junior varsity squad, so the team includes freshmen and sophomores, along with upperclassmen.

They’ve got a lot of heart.

And skill.

Senior Zach Bloom was named Goalie of the Year in Division III. Senior Sam New — who recently notched his 100th career goal — is up for Player of the Year honors.

The Staples High School boys ice hockey team celebrates a state tournament iwn.

This winter, the Wreckers qualified for the FCIAC tournament for the first time in 6 years.

Plus, they’re ranked 1st in Connecticut in the Division III state tourney.

Staples beat Masuk-Monroe 6-1 in the first round. In the quarterfinals, they knocked off Newington 7-3.

That earns them a berth in the semifinals. They face the Eastern Connecticut Eagles this Tuesday (March 13), at 7:30 p.m. in Yale’s “Whale” arena.

Go Wreckers!

5 responses to “Staples Hockey Heads To Yale Whale

  1. Jack Caldwell

    If you can’t make the game, you can listen on the Staples radio station WWPT 90.3FM and online at!

  2. Tom Feeley Sr

    Ice hockey is one of the most grueling and time demanding sports in high school.
    Salute to the team‼️👍🏼🇺🇸

  3. Jack Whittle

    Great recognition of the Staples Hockey team Dan. Coming off of a tough season last year, they’ve had an amazing run this year and headed into the State DIII Championships as the #1 team in Division III. Great bunch of guys who play well together, and well-coached by Chris Avena.

    And yes, they do have some very talented players – updating your story, Sam New has been named the CT HS Hockey Division III Skater of the Year.

    Fan support has been great for most near by games; and they need folks to make the trip to New Haven this Tuesday and make some noise for them.

  4. Rich Franzis

    Let’s do this, boys!

  5. Great season by this team. Congratulations to them!