Chris Kreider, Ben Wiggins, Ryan Heavey and Glenn Stowell – four members of the Valley Junior Warriors program – returned home following an impressive and exciting week of play at the USA Hockey Development Select camp earlier this summer. The players – shown above in their USA Hockey jerseys – traveled together to St. Cloud, Minnesota to take part in the USA Hockey Select 17 Camp. All four players have been teammates on Ken Cleary’s U-18 team.
Kreider, Wiggins, Heavey and Stowell are four of 12 members of the VJW program who were selected by USA Hockey to take part in this summer’s Development Camps, which have been held at sites across the country. The elite group of players who participate in the national camp represent the top two percent in each age division.
The USA Hockey Select 17 camp took place on July 7-13 in St. Cloud. Kreider, Wiggins, Heavey and Stowell were placed on different teams and asked to showcase their skills in front of the USA Hockey selection committee. All four players competed in five total games and represented the VJW program admirably.
Kreider and Wiggins were offensive stars as they both finished with five points in five games. Kreider collected two goals and three assists, while Wiggins netted three goals and two assists during camp. Heavey added one assist, while Stowell was a force to be reckoned with in net.
Here is some background on those spectacular players who will be taking to the ice this fall for Ken Cleary’s team.
Kreider is coming off a strong sophomore season at Phillips Andover Academy. A Boxford native who transferred to Phillips from Masconomet Regional High School last fall brings size, speed and skill to the ice. One year after garnering Salem New Hockey Player of the Year honors while playing for Masco, Kreider dominated the world of New England prep school hockey and was one of Andover’s top scorers.
Two other key players for both the VJW U-18 and Phillips Andover squads are rising seniors Stowell and Heavey. Stowell is a 5-9, 165 pound netminder who hails from Hadley (MA), while Heavey is a 5-11, 170-pound defenseman from Andover. Heavey is no stranger to national play as he participated in the 2007 USA Hockey Boys' Select 16 Camp. Athleticism clearly runs in his family as his cousin-in-law is Kristine Lily, captain of the US Women's National Soccer Team.
Wiggins, a rising junior at Nobles and Greenough School, is a strong forward who has also competed for Ken Cleary’s U-18 team.