Parker Sanderson, who was the second-leading scorer for Houlton/Hodgdon’s hockey team last season, has transferred to Bangor High School.
Sanderson, who is a junior, had seven goals and a team-high 23 assists in helping lead the Black Hawks to a 16-4 season and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class B championship game. He centered one of their top two lines.
“I can see him being one of our dominant players,” said Bangor coach Denis Collins. “He’s physical, he’s crafty and he fits in well with the kids.
“This will give us a huge lift. He can fill a lot of voids. He is capable of playing defense as well as forward,” said Collins, who coached Sanderson several years ago when he played for the Maine Freeze hockey club based in the Bangor area.
Sanderson played with several players who now play for Bangor High and other Bangor-area high school teams. The season lasted from October to March.
Sanderson played for Bangor’s summer league hockey team this past summer. The team played two games every Sunday at The Colisee in Lewiston along with one Thursday game.
“He fared very, very well for us,” said Collins. “We had the best record in the league (6-2-1).”
Sanderson, whose family moved to Bangor recently, is also playing for the Rams’ undefeated golf team.
“He’ll be an impact player for (the hockey team). He’ll be one of their better players. He’ll fit right in,” said Houlton/Hodgdon hockey coach Joel Trickey. “He’s a great playmaker, a strong skater and he sees the ice as well as anyone on our team did. He’s a good athlete. He’s very well-coordinated.”
Trickey said Sanderson was an important cog on their first power-play unit.
Bangor went 11-9 last season. The sixth-seeded Rams beat Gray-New Gloucester/Poland 5-0 in the EM Class A quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to second seed Saint Dominic of Auburn 3-0.
They graduated leading scorer Phil Frost (15 goals, 8 assists) and also lost second-leading scorer Nic Cota (6 & 13). Cota, who would have been a senior, left to play for the Portland Junior Pirates. Frost and Cota were All-EM Class A first-team selections.
All-EM second-team defenseman Adam King also graduated and defenseman Anthony Capuano, who would have been a junior, transferred to Avon Old Farms, a prep school in Avon, Conn.