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Ten boys’ hockey teams to watch

Ten to watch

 1. Malden Catholic (20-1-4): Two straight Super 8 titles? This is their spot until another team says otherwise.

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 2. St. John's Prep (16-6-2): The Eagles will get their two regular season cracks at Malden Catholic to prove they are up to the task.

 3. Central Catholic (15-5-5): The Raiders put together a sensational run in the Super 8 last season. The return of Mike Kelleher to the lineup will help the offense, but who replaces Kyle Williams in net?

 4. Burlington (18-2-6): The defending Division 1 champions played in the most exciting game of the last season, a 4-3 loss to Central Catholic in the Super 8 crossover round. They know what they are capable of.

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 5. Chelmsford (15-7-2): Tommy Bishop is the type of playmaker who can carry the Lions, and the increasingly brutal schedule that the Merrimack Valley/Dual County puts out will prove a worthy test to his skills.

 6. Westford Academy (13-5-4): Only six players return, but those players provide a core of hungry veterans who want nothing more than a Super 8 berth.

 7. Reading (12-5-2): This will be a bounce-back season for the Rockets, who suffered untimely injuries throughout the 2011-2012 season.

 8. Austin Prep (11-7-4): Despite their record, they showed up at the Super 8 table because they felt they at least belonged in the discussion. This year they look to make no doubts about it.

 9. Beverly (14-6-1): NEC North MVP Connor Irving will be looking to improve on his 24-goal, 34-assist sophomore season.

10. Wilmington (16-4-5): Senior Cam Owens has the Division 2 champion Wildcats thinking repeat.

Compiled by Craig Forde

Craig Forde can be reached at cforde@globe.com.
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