Haverhill Valley Forum - A Tournament Destination Site
This past weekend, the Haverhill Valley Forum – the home of the Valley Jr Warriors – played host to the 2009 Spring Eastern Showcase. This annual showcase is held each spring and brings together a field of the best Junior A teams from across the country.
Taking center stage this weekend was the host Valley Jr Warriors which showcased two teams in the EJ and Empire League divisions. The Blue and Gold squads, which featured some of the program’s top Junior A and Junior B talent, faced off against tough competition. Mark Jackson, one of the VJW’s offensive standouts from the 2008-09 season, netted two goals for the Blue squad in three games.
In its two years of hosting, the Valley Jr Warriors have welcomed scores of coaches from Division I through Division III colleges, scouts from the National Hockey League (NHL) and coaches and administrators from the top junior hockey teams in North America.
The Spring Eastern Showcase is just one of many premier tournaments that is annually hosted by the Valley Jr Warriors program. Since the opening of the state-of-the-art twin rinks facility in Haverhill two years ago, the Forum has become a destination site for the top teams in the country from the mite through junior level.
“The opening of the Haverhill Valley Forum has allowed us to host top tier events and teams are responding,” noted Fred Devereaux, director of player development for the VJW and current scout for the Calgary Flames. “We have already received a strong response from top national programs to our two upcoming youth showcases.”
Devereaux is referring to the Warrior National Showcase and Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament, which are to be held in Haverhill in August and November, respectively. Just one year ago, the two marquee youth events drew nearly 80 teams from across the country.
“The success of those two events has translated into increased interest from other teams this year,” remarked Devereaux. “We have already spoken to several new programs from across the country and in Canada who heard about the events last year and are interested in participating this year. That speaks to the level of competition we are able to draw and the positive experience we create for each team.”
In addition to the two youth tournaments, the Haverhill Valley Forum will host – for the second straight year – both the boys and girls Hockey Night in Boston Showcases in July and August and then the 14th Annual Warrior Classic from November 13-15.
Here is a rundown on the VJW Tournaments scheduled for 2009.
Tournament Features - Birth Years: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 - Featuring “AAA” Competition - Guaranteed 4 games / possibility of 6 games - 15 minute periods - Maximum of 10 teams per division - Round Robin Format - Semi Finals & Finals - No Gate Fee... Free Admission - Team Fee: \$1,150
Tournament Features: - Eastern Junior Hockey League and Empire Junior Hockey League teams - Certified Junior Officials for all games - Two 25-minute periods for all play down games - On-site certified EMT for all games - Three game guarantee for all teams - Updated Game results on www.jrwarriors.com - Tournament Cost: \$1,800
Tournament Features: - Birth Years: 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996 - Featuring "AAA" Competition - Guaranteed 4 games / possibility of 6 games - 15 minute periods for 1998, 1997 & 1996 - 12 minute periods for 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2002 - Maximum of 10 teams per division - Round Robin Format - Semi Finals & Finals - No Gate Fee!! - Team Fee: \$1,150