Ross Forman’s High School Season-Opening Top 25

By Ross Forman

New Trier Green is right where it left off last season: The Trevians are the season-opening No. 1-ranked team in the Illinois.

Green won the Illinois High School Hockey State Championship (Red Division) this past March and the Trevians cruised to the championship earlier this month in the annual Pre-Season Invitational in Glen Ellyn, hosted by Wheaton West.

“It’s nice to be recognized (as) one of the top teams preseason, but (it’s) more important to be No. 1 at the end of the year,” said Green head coach Bob Melton.

The Trevians went undefeated in the Wheaton West tourney, defeating Carmel Catholic for the title. They followed that with a 6-3 home win over perennial power Providence Catholic, then wins over Benet Academy and the Hawks.

Green is 8-0 and led offensively by Charlie Acri (3 goals, 10 assists) and Danny Budington (7 goals, 4 assists).

Here’s a look at the season-opening Illinois High School Hockey Top 25 Rankings, as compiled by Ross Forman:

1. New Trier Green
2. Glenbrook North
3. Saint Viator
4. Providence Catholic
5. Stevenson
6. Loyola Gold
7. Glenbrook South
8. York
9. Barrington
10. St. Ignatius
11. Maine Township
12. Carmel Catholic
13. Waubonsie Valley
14. Benet Academy
15. St. Rita
16. Glenbard
17. OPRF
18. Marmion Academy
19. New Trier White
20. Neuqua Valley
21. New Trier Blue
22. Hinsdale Central
23. Naperville Central
24. Lake Forest
25. Wheaton West


Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross by email at

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