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Former VJW Players Shine On Collegiate Scene
When players leave the Valley Jr Warriors, they take their unique experience with them and more often than not shine on a new stage. Three former Warriors standouts have done just that as they are making headlines with their outstanding play.

Chris Kreider, Bryan Albert and Eric Petterson are putting their years of training and play in the blue and gold jersey to good use as they are excelling on the collegiate scene.

Here is a summary of highlights of their great performances.

chris_kreider_2009BC.jpgCatching Up With Chris Kreider
After serving as an integral member of Ken Cleary’s VJW U-18 squad during the 2008-09 season, Kreider enjoyed a whirlwind year. He led his Phillips Andover Academy with 56 points in 26 games and was then selected as the No. 19 pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. Kreider – according to the final Central Scouting Rankings – entered the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as the highest ranked high school player and the 14th overall among North American skaters.

Kreider’s commitment to Boston College brought much excitement to the Eagles fans as he was just the 12th Eagle in the last 24 years – and ninth in the last 14 years – to have been selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.  He joins 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame elect Brian Leetch (ninth, 1986), Craig Janney (13th, 1986), Bill Guerin (fifth, 1989), Marty Reasoner (14th, 1996), Brooks Orpik (18th, 2000), Krys Kolanos (19th, 2000), Chuck Kobasew (14th, 2001), Brian Boyle (26th, 2003), Patrick Eaves (29th, 2003), Cory Scheider (26th, 2004) and Nick Petrecki (28th, 2007)as Boston College first-round draftees.

As a member of the program, Kreider has lived up to his billing!  The 6-foot-2-inch, 206-pound forward from Boxford has played in 10 collegiate games this season and has five points - two goals and three assists.

This past week, Kreider was one of 29 players named to the preliminary roster for the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team that will participate in a three-day pre-tournament training camp Dec. 17-19 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The 2010 U.S. National Junior Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2009 - Jan. 5, 2010, in Saskatoon and Regina, Sask.

The training camp will be highlighted with an exhibition game against North Dakota on Dec. 22. Following the camp, a reduced roster will play the Czech Republic on Dec. 22 in Regina, Sask., in Team USA's final exhibition game. The final 2010 U.S. National Junior Team roster will be selected following Team USA's final exhibition game against the Czech Republic.

Catching Up With Bryan Albert
Two years after capping off a strong career with the Valley Jr Warriors Junior A team, Bryan Albert has emerged as one of the top players not only at UMass Boston but in the Eastern College Athletic Conference East.
albert.jpegThis past week, Albert, a native of Redlands, California, was named the ECAC East Player of the Week after racking up six points on three goals and three assists in a weekend series for the Beacons. Albert has enjoyed a sensational second campaign with UMass Boston, leading the team with four goals in four games to rank 14th in the nation in goals per game and second in ECAC East in total goals.

The sophomore netted a pair of goals, including a power play score to lead UMass Boston to an 8-3 win at Framingham State College on November 24 and registered a career-high four points with the game-winning goal and a personal-best three assists vs. Stonehill College on November 28 in the first round of the Manchester Police Athletic League/Stovepipe Tournament. The Beacons also played in an exhibition contest the following day and defeated Penn State University's club team to capture its second straight P.A.L./Stovepipe Tournament Championship with a 7-4 victory.

As the team's leading goal scorer, the forward has been quite the playmaker as well with four assists to rank 5th in the league and second on the team, while ranking 12th in the country with 2.0 points per game and second among ECAC East players with eight total points. Much like he did while playing for the Valley Jr Warriors, Albert has excelled on the power play with six points on a pair of goals and four assists to lead ECAC East, while his goal total with the extra skater puts him fourth among the league's leaders.

A graduate of Redlands High School, he has played in 28 career games for the Beacons and tallied eight goals to go with 13 assists for 21 points. The weekly honor isn't the first he's received from the ECAC. He was also selected as the ECAC East Rookie of the Week for the week of December 8-14 last season.

UMass Boston is currently 3-1-0 on the season for its best start since 1996-97 when it also owned a 3-1-0 mark after four contests. The Beacons are second in the nation with 5.50 goals per game and their current three-game winning streak is the fifth-longest among NCAA Division III schools.

Peterson.jpgCatching Up With Eric Peterson
In his first season with Utica College, Eric Peterson has become a key player for Gary Heenan’s squad as he was named the school’s Player of the Week after netting his seventh point of the year in a thrilling 2-1 win against Potsdam. Earlier in that game, Peterson served up a key assist in the second period to help his team avoid a weekend sweep against its ECAC West foe.

Peterson has played in all nine games for Utica and has amassed four goals and three assists.  He is currently playing on the team’s top line and is a key cog for the power-play unit.

The Pioneers are currently in third place in the conference with a 2-1-1 record, and a record of 4-3-2 overall. As a team, the Pioneers currently rank eighth nationally scoring on 30.3% of their power play opportunities. Also, through five games this year UC ranks No. 1 nationally in home attendance averaging 3,072 fans per contest at The Aud.               

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
Dec 4, 09
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
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