Groton School’s boys varsity hockey team competes in Division I of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association—one of the most competitive high school hockey conferences in the country. From November to March, the Zebras play two to three times a week against some of the most talented prep school hockey programs, working toward a playoff spot in the heavily scouted New England Tournament in March. Groton practices for 90-120 minutes four times a week, participates in off-ice team workouts twice a week, and regularly studies their game through video analysis.
In the last decade, Groton's players have joined teams at schools such as Yale University, the University of Vermont, Colgate University, Colby College, Babson College, Bowdoin College, St. Michael's College, Connecticut College, and Williams College.
Groton’s hockey program is looking for athletes who aspire to excel on the ice and in the classroom. Through skill development, proper teaching, and emphasis on work ethic and character, Groton prepares its hockey players for the next level and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about the ice hockey program, please email Coach Riley or call him at 978-448-7517.
Prior to arriving on the Circle, Coach Riley spent four seasons coaching at Bowdoin College in Maine, where the Polar Bears enjoyed a 61–33–8 record. During Riley’s four years with Bowdoin, the team finished two seasons with the #1 power play in the league and, for the first time in school history, captured the regular-season NESCAC title. Mr. Riley played an integral part in the growth and development of the Bowdoin hockey team and led the recruiting efforts by attracting some of the most talented players in the NESCAC.
Originally from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mr. Riley played at Kimball Union Academy, where he was team captain as well as school president. He then went on to play hockey at Colby College, where his team went 64–30–8 over four years. The team earned an NCAA bid as the #2 team in the country during his first year and celebrated an ECAC championship during his sophomore year. As a senior, he served as an assistant captain and earned the Jack Kelly Coaches Award.
Soon after graduating from Colby, Coach Riley went to work at New Hampton School in New Hampshire, where he coached varsity hockey and baseball, taught Spanish, tutored, and served as a dorm head. He has also worked as an on-ice coach at the USA Hockey Select 14, 15, 16, and 17 National Camps and alongside five-time Stanley Cup–winning coach Barry Smith at the Junior Prep Hockey Camp in British Columbia. Holding an MS in education from the University of Southern Maine, Mr. Riley works full-time in the Admission Office, where he is director of financial aid, and also coaches thirds tennis.