PARSIPPANY REGIONAL (PARSIPPANY HILLS/PARSIPPANY)
Head coach: Anthony Egidio
Last year: Parsippany Regional finished 1-14 with an 0-8 record in the Charette Division. However, it picked up its first win in two seasons with a late-season win over Newark East Side. It did not qualify for the Charette Cup or state tournament.
Key losses: David Zilinskis, D (9 g., 5 a.)
Top returners: Kyle Kirk, D, Sr.; Max Ingersoll, F, So.; Nicholas Hornung, F, Jr.; Larry Liu, F, Sr.; William Shoemaker, D, So.; Joseph Gasparro, F, So.
Potential incoming impact players: Andrew Nicholas, G, Fr.; Robert Hemenway, F, Fr.; Matthew Hemenway, D, Fr.
Burning question: What type of impact will the incoming freshmen have?
Parsippany Regional, especially over the past few seasons, has struggled with participation. That area figures to at least be improved this season with a few freshmen set to join the program. Players like forward Robert Hemenway and defenseman Matthew Hemenway should not just bring additional skill to the program, but additional bodies to help balance out the ice time.
Goaltender Andrew Nicholas, also a freshman, figures to have a big impact this season, as coach Egidio believes he will be able to steal some games for this team this season.
Outlook: Parsippany’s struggles over the last few years have been well-documented, with just one win in the last two seasons.
But even with that, Egidio and his staff are optimistic about where the program is headed. While it graduated the team’s best player in Zilinskis, it returns the rest of its roster, and should get a nice infusion of talent with the incoming freshmen it has this season. Depending on how quickly the freshmen, especially the goaltender in Nicholas, adapt, Parsippany could very well be a sleeper team in the Charette Division- much like Morris Catholic was during the COVID-shortened 2021 season when it won the program’s first division title.
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