In March 2020, Valerie Bono's Cushing Academy team reached a happy ending to the last full season of prep hockey in New England.
The Penguins capped the regular season with five wins in six games and then beat the top three seeds to win the first-ever NEPSAC Small title on the girls side. Everyone knows what happened next.
Finally, more than 19 months later, Cushing and its regional rivals are set for a "normal" season.
This article appears in the November/December print edition of New England Hockey Journal.