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.
Holderness and Tilton were in a dogfight for the majority of the game with the NEPSAC Small School Tournament trophy on the line, but Tilton was able to breakthrough late in the 3rd to defeat the Bulls 5-2. Holderness will miss their 8 seniors, who should be very proud of where they have taken the program over the course of the year. What an effort by the Bulls to make the Championship game defeating the #2 and #3 seeded teams before losing to #1 seeded Tilton in the final. The Bulls have lots to be excited about heading into next season and lots to be proud of from what they accomplished with this year's team. Thank you to all the players, parents, alum, and supporters of the program. Until next season...
Holderness was able to score the first 3 goals of the game and hold on at the end to beat New England power Rivers School 4-2 to reach the Small School Final on Sunday at St. Anselm's College. Offensive leaders for the Bulls were Joe Biddle (2 goals), Tim Manning (3 assists), Jake Waterman (1 goal), and Isaiah Fox (1 goal, 1 assist). Connor Androlewicz was a rock in net stopping 49 of 51 Rivers shots. Game time tomorrow vs. Tilton is 12pm.
Holderness exploded for nine goals to take out Proctor 9-6 in the Small School Quarterfinals. Holderness struck early less than a minute into the game and completely dominated the 1st period and early part of the 2nd period running out to a 5-0 lead. Proctor then led a surge that allowed them to score 3 quick ones and get back in the game at 5-3 midway through the 2nd period. Carter Rose then put the Bulls back in front by three at 6-3 a few minutes later. Proctor would strike back for two quick ones to make the score 6-5 and put the Bulls on their heels. Isaiah Fox scored a huge breakaway goal with under a minute to play in the 2nd period putting the Bulls up 7-5 headed into the 2nd intermisssion. The Bulls started the period on the powerplay and Tim Manning scored a highlight goal regaining the 3 goal lead at 8-5. Fox would add his second of the game towards the end of the 3rd period making the score 9-5 and allowing the Bulls to relax a little. Proctor would add one goal late ending in the 9-6 final. What a crazy game. The Bulls were lead offensively by Tim Manning (hat trick), Isaiah Fox (2 goals), and Carter Rose (2 goals). Connor Androlewicz earned the win picking up 32 saves. The Bulls will play in the Small School Semifinal on Saturday at Rivers at 1:15pm.
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.