Holderness Hockey dates back to the early 1900’s and the school has always embraced the game the way it is supposed to be played: outdoors in the elements with a focus on toughness, grit, speed, and enthusiasm. We compete in the Lakes Region conference of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference and play a 30-35 game schedule against some of the top competitors in New England. Holderness plays in a new open-air arena, which was constructed in 2015 and prepares for competition in a newly renovated training facility and locker room. Our season usually stretches from mid-November until the first of March.
With a strong passion for keeping hockey outdoors in the beauty, serenity, and vigor of a cold New England winter, and with a keen sense of the importance of work ethic, perseverance, and the joys of the competitive spirit, Holderness hockey players leave with a true sense of what the game was created for. Recent alumni have played at NCAA Division I institutions such as St. Lawrence, UNH, Clarkson, Brown, UVM, Colgate, Holy Cross, Niagara, and Army.
With a short turn around from last night's 2-1 loss to KUA, Holderness rebounded nicely to beat Lakes Region and NH rival St. Paul's 5-1. The Bulls were led offensively by Tim Manning (1-2-3), Cooper Boulanger (1-1-2), Carter Rose (0-2-2), and Alexei Dikranian (1-1-2). Holderness goals were scored by Manning, Boulanger, Dikranian, Tremblay, and McNabney. Evan Plunkett was really sharp in net stopping 46 of 47 St. Paul's shots. The Bulls will face off on Monday night for Senior night against school rival Proctor at 6pm in their 3rd meeting of the season. Proctor has won the first two games. Of note, senior Tim Manning is 5 pts shy of 100 career pts. with 2 regular season games remaining on the season.
Holderness and KUA battled for 54 minutes Friday afternoon in a tightly contested game and KUA escaped with the 2-1 win. Holderness played arguably their best game of the season and went toe to toe with New England power KUA. The first period saw Holderness kill off 3 consecutive penalties including a 5 minute major for a hit from behind keeping them tied at 0-0 heading into the first intermission. In the 2nd period, KUA struck first on a hard shot from the right circle that Beat Plunkett low to the blocker side. Holderness answered a few minutes later on a Power play goal from Eric Chamandy. Tim Manning and Carter Rose picked up assists on the play. KUA was able to score the game winner midway through the 3rd off a shot from Tomas Mazura on a partial breakaway after a Bulls turnover. The Bulls had chances and outplayed KUA in the 3rd, but couldn't come up with the equalizer. Holderness will travel to St. Paul's Saturday afternoon for a 2pm game.
In a back and forth offensive battle that saw each team trade lots of grade A scoring chances, Winchendon was able to score one more than Holderness leaving with a 4-3 road win. The Bulls offense was led by senior Tim Manning, who scored 2 goals. Matteo Turrin and Jeremi Tremblay each picked up 2 assists in the loss. Evan Plunkett stopped 23 of 27 Winchendon shots. The Bulls will host KUA on Friday afternoon at Fiore Rink in a rematch of last Saturday's 5-1 loss.
Alan Thompson ’04, competed in the USHL with the Chicago Steel for the 2004–05 season and continued his career with the University of New Hampshire from 2005–09. While playing a limited career at UNH as he continued to recover from 3 ACL surgeries on his right knee in a span of four years, he received numerous honors in his senior season including the Hockey East Turfer Athletic Award for tenacity and commitment to the game after finally playing a full season. His coaching career began in college when he coached at the Dick Umile Hockey School at UNH, the Clinic Hockey School at Bowdoin College, and the USA Hockey Development Camp at the University of Vermont. After college, he directed the hockey training program at Athletic Republic in Norwood, MA for 2 years, a sports training facility geared towards teaching the fundamentals of off-ice training. Prior to coming to Holderness, he coached hockey and baseball at Lakes Region rival Brewster Academy for the 2013–14 season. He was a twelve-varsity letter athlete during his time at Holderness School, competing on the football, hockey, and baseball teams all four years.