It’s fair to say the Silver Lake High boys’ hockey team has had quite a bit of talent over the past couple of seasons and late last month, there was more proof of this.
That’s because one Laker, incoming junior Nick Solari, competed in the annual Hockey Night in Boston All-Star game; he earned his spot in the competition because he performed well in their 44th annual Boys Major Summer Hockey Showcase which was held from July 25 to July 29 at the Haverhill Valley Forum in Haverhill.
Solari competed with the North All-Stars against the South All-Stars and alongside players from all around New England, the Northeast and even Canada. However, Solari was the only Patriot League player and hockey player from the South Shore to earn the nod for All-Star game.
Last winter, Solari was also certainly a valuable members of the Lakers hockey program as they earned their second straight postseason appearance in the MIAA Division 3 South Sectional bracket. Putting up 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) as a sophomore, he was a key piece of the team’s young attack, an area which should be one of the team’s strong suits this upcoming season. After all, the team is expected to return three double-digit goal scorers from last season: David Marani (16 goals, 13 assists), Alex Heffernan (13 goals, 15 assists), and Kevin Cardarelli (16 goals, 16 assists), so offensive depth will be strong.
The Lakers went 8-12-4 last season, but earned their second straight tournament appearance thanks to the Sullivan Rule. It is also worth noting that outside of Patriot League play, they went 6-4-1, meaning they competed especially well against teams in their own division.
The Lakers hockey schedule for this upcoming winter has yet to be announced, but their regular season typically begins in the second full week of December.