A Preview Into the 2022-2023 Hiller Hockey Season


Hopkinton Hockey’s eight seniors for the upcoming 2021-2022 season posing for a picture.

Hopkinton Hockey is back and excited for their first full season since the 2019-2020 season where they went 20-2 and lost in the Division 3 South quarterfinals. Hopkinton and the rest of the MIAA had a shortened season and no playoffs in 2020-2021. 

Hopkinton will have almost a completely new look this season, bringing in new Head Coach, Scott Hayes. Hayes has lots of hockey experience playing in high school at Nobles and Collegiately at Tufts University. Hayes is an experienced coach, most recently coaching Hopkinton’s varsity girls hockey team, and previously coaching at Needham high school and at Becker College.

“Coach Hayes has been awesome, you can tell he knows a lot about the game and he knows what he’s talking about, ” Junior forward Charlie Purpura said. 

Hopkinton has eight skaters and one goalie returning, while the rest of the team has little to no varsity experience. Hopkinton is led by three captains, Senior Michael Berman, Senior Manoli Barris, and Junior Joe Carrazza. 

Carrazza was one of the Hiller’s main scorers last year, “ Joe is a very talented, hardworking forward that we expect a lot out of this year” Berman said. 

“Berman always makes the right decision on the ice, he just flat out knows how to play Hockey,” Barris said. 

Even though the Hillers are mostly a new look this year, most of the players have played with each other before. Seven of the current Hillers played half-season Hockey with each other this fall for the 95 Giants.

“I have played with almost all the guys on the team by playing half-season, summer league, and JV Hockey ”Purpura said. 

Hopkinton is looking forward to finally playing a full season, and they have their eyes on making another deep run in the playoffs this season. “We’re not going to be too recognizable to the TVL this season, and we’re going to use that to our advantage,” Berman said.