The team’s other captain, Jake Batista, will lead a deep defensive corps that includes talented freshman Ishmael Telemarco, senior Anthony Maurais, junior Adam Ngo, sophomore Matt Robinson and freshman Owen Renault.
Up front, senior Spencer Bergholtz and juniors Jake Stahlman and center Danny Heck figure to make up the Witches’ top line. Expect to see plenty of ice time from fellow forwards Killian Fitzpatrick, Matt Jalbert (who could wind up as the team’s third captain, by a vote from his peers) and Ben Kapnis, all of whom are juniors; sophomores Sam Bresnahan and Sam Petri; and freshman Matt Andre.
With the Witches playing three road games to begin the season (at O’Bryant, Lowell and Somerville) before returning home to Salem for its season opener against Revere on Dec. 22, Hanley is hoping they can get off to a solid start so that the players can see the fruits of their labor.
“They’re typical kids in that they’re looking for direction and some type of foundation,” he said. “Not one of them is sulking or looking at me like, ‘This is no good, Coach.’ I think they’ve been looking for this positivity and direction. It’s been a real bright spot.”