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VJW Mite Minors Off to a Fast (and Fun!) Start
The newest members of the Valley Jr Warriors program are certainly making a splash. Just two weeks into the young season, Dave Sacco’s VJW Mite Minor squad is on a roll after posting five straight wins during the 2009 New England Hockey League Qualifying Jamboree.

The NEHL qualifying jamboree was introduced this season in order to help league administrators determine seedings for the regular season. The Warriors passed the early season test with flying colors as the squad posted a perfect 5-0 record and outscored their opponents by an impressive 54-13 margin. Not a bad start for any team … let alone a group of seven year olds.

As the youngest members of the Valley Jr Warriors program, the Mite Minors spent the last months of the summer getting to know each other and being introduced to the Valley Jr Warriors system. A week of Valley Junior Warriors summer camp in August and a schedule of regular practices and scrimmages since that time have proven to work as the team is jelling as well as anyone could have expected.

The youngsters are soaking up the experiences and the teachings of Coach Sacco, who is enjoying his first year as head coach of the Mite Minor team. He brings a wealth of experience to the program as he is the #2 All-time leading scorer at Boston University and a First Team NCAA All-American. He also no doubt has many inspiring stories to share with his young team as he – in addition to his tenure as an NHL player – represented the United States at the 1993 World Championships and the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer.

While there is still much for his team to learn this season, Sacco is pleased with the early effort that has led to strong results. In their first game, the Warriors posted a 10-2 win over the Worcester Crusaders. The following day, they came through with another convincing victory – an 11-2 decision over the Vipers. The second week of the NEHL Qualifying Jamboree saw much of the same as the Warriors posted strong wins over Assabet (15-2), New Hampshire Avalanche (8-7) and the New England Falcons (10-2).

Offensively the team is starting to string passes together, while defensively the players are making key plays to keep strong teams at bay. Hayden Adams came through with his career shut out despite suffering from strep throat during the week. Cam Martin has taken the lead roll in the locker room as he leads the players in their locker room “We Will Rock You” chants.

All of the young players are contributing to the team's early success... but more importantly having a great time being a part of the VJW program.

Here is a list of the 2009-10 VJW Mite Minor Team:
 Anna Bargman
Blake Buonopane
Brady Carpenter
Calvin Mansfield
Cameron Martin
Colin Elliott
David Sacco
Hayden Adams
Ian Driscoll
Jack Gilligan
Kyle Elliott
Mark Mangione 

Sammy Mellen
Thomas O'Connell
Tommy Sacco
Trevor Currier
Tyler Godfrey
Zachary McKenelley 


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INDEX
VJW U 16s Capture 2008 Massachusetts State Title
Valley Jr Warriors U-16s Capture Labor Day Title
Three VJW Teams Bask in NEHL Championship Victories
VJW '96 Selects Skate to Victory at Summer Cool-Off Tournament
Three VJW Teams Bask in NEHL Championship Victories
Valley Jr Warriors '99 Elites Capture WNS Title
Valley Jr Warriors '99 Selects Shine at WNS
King of What? - By Mike Lynch
Triumph and Courage - By Mike Lynch
Like Father Like Daughter; Alex Carpenter Is Carving Out Her Own Legacy
The Year to Remember Continues for Former VJW Player Chris Kreider
Valley Jr Warriors '96 Elites Shine at WNS
Keeping #5 Alive - By Mike Lynch
Tournament Action Returns to Haverhill in 2010
Magical Season Comes to an End for VJW '97 Elites at USA Hockey Nationals
A Class Act - By Mike Lynch
VJW U 16 II Team Skates to State Championship Win
VJW '97 Elites Loss Sets Stage for Third Day Showdown at Nationals
VJW '97 Elites Post 3-2 Win Over Columbus at USA Hockey Nationals
VJW '97 Elites Arrive in New York; Prepare to Take On Nation's Best
Former VJW Junior A Player Colin Mulvey Captures NCAA National Title
VJW '97 Elites Prepare for USA Hockey Nationals
Chris Kreider - Former VJW Standout - Leads BC to NCAA Tournament
Nothing is Impossible - By Mike Lynch
Valley Jr Warriors Excel at Labor Day Face-Off Invitational
Former VJW Junior A Star Cucci Shines in Hockey East Battle
Valley Jr Warriors '97 Elites Capture WNS Title
VJW Mite Selects Bask in NEHL Championship Glory
VJW '97 Elites Punch Ticket to USA Hockey Nationals in April
VJW '99 Selects Celebrate Mass State Select League Championship
VJW '98 Elites Capture New England Hockey League Title
Former VJW Junior A Standout Nets Year-End League Honors
Non Sibi - By Mike Lynch
What Can You Do For Brown? - By Mike Lynch
VJW Squirt Major Selects Make a Difference Both On and Off the Ice
VJW Squirt Major Selects Take Time to Help Others In Need
Valley Jr Warriors Coach Bob Sweeney Joins Beanpot Hall
Tewksbury Tough - By Mike Lynch
VJW Teams Battle For Titles at the 2010 JWK Holiday Tournament
VJW '98 Elites Jonathan Folsom Featured in Local Newspaper
Standing Tall - By Mike Lynch
VJW '98 Selects Capture Boston Jr Terriers Tournament Title
Taking the Pledge in 2010 - By Mike Lynch
Valley Jr Warriors '98 Elites Take On Bell Capital Cup Challenge
Former VJW Standout Chris Kreider & Team USA Are World Champions
Former VJW Star Kreider Named to the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team
VJW '97 Elites Take Their Game to Canada
Holiday Shopping List - By Mike Lynch
Haverhill Valley Forum Enjoys Its Fourth Year of Operation In Style
Eastern Junior Hockey League Featured in Recent USA Hockey Magazine
Walking Tall - By Mike Lynch
Former VJW Players Shine On Collegiate Scene
Call to Glory - By Mike Lynch
14th Annual Warrior Classic Comes to a Close
VJW Teams Battle at Mass State Championship Playdowns
Riki Retelle Earns EJHL Defensive Player of the Week Honors
VJW Teams Set For Mass Hockey Tier I & Tier II State Championship Playdowns
Valley Jr Warriors Junior As Enjoy Weekend Sweep Over CD Selects
Welcome Home - 4 VJW Teams Return After Strong Showing in Chicago
Courage - By Mike Lynch
VJW Teams Poised to Face the Best of the Best
VJW Junior A Team Making Big Strides
VJW U-16 IIs Continue Winning and Championship Ways
The Golden Tornado - By Mike Lynch
VJW '95 Elites - Picking Up Where They Left Off
Steve MacAdams Brings Experience & Success to VJW
USA Hockey Announces H1N1 Recommendations
No Early Season Jitters for the VJW '98 Elites
Great Expectations - From Mike Lynch
Sep 29, 09
VJW Mite Minors Off to a Fast (and Fun!) Start
VJW '99 Selects Make a Difference On and Off the Ice
VJW U-16 Midget Standout Brian Ward Heads to Dartmouth College
VJW Teams Post Impressive 5-1 Record Against Team Comcast
VJW '96 Selects Skate to Victory at Summer Cool-Off Tournament
Tom Terrific - Mike Lynch Reflects on Tom Brady
Valley Jr Warriors '98 Elites Capture WNS Title
VJW - Junior A Season Preview
A Happy New Year From Mike Lynch
VJW's JJ Layton Heads to Little League World Series
VJW Players Shine at 2009 USA Hockey Player Development Camp
Chris Kreider Selected No. 19 in 2009 NHL Entry Draft
VJW Tournaments Make a Return to Haverhill in 2009
VJW Junior A Team Welcomes Two Key Players for 2009-10 Season