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Eastern Junior Hockey League Featured in Recent USA Hockey Magazine
vjw.jpgFor years, the Valley Jr Warriors Junior A Program has enjoyed strong competition while competing in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). Over the years, the Warriors have not only provided its players with high level hockey, but the program has consistently placed players in the top Division I, II and II schools in the country.

Many of those student-athletes have used their VJW experience to make a positive impact on and off the ice.

Mark Roebothan (UMass-Lowell), David Strathman (Northeastern University), Mark Pandolfo (UMass Lowell) and Joe Cucci (Merrimack College) are just a sample of the outstanding talent that has come from the program.

The national hockey world is recognizing the strength of the EJHL and teams like the Warriors. In the most recent issue of USA Hockey Magazine, the EJHL is heralded as one of the top junior hockey leagues in the country.

Tom Kader (
shown above) - a North Reading product who competed at Tabor Academy  last season - is enjoying is first year with the Warriors.


Here are excerpts from that article - entitled "You Can Get There From Here: When It Comes To Developing College Talent, The ‘EJ’ May Be Junior Hockey’s Best-Kept Secre" - which appeared in the most recent issue of USA Hockey Magazine.
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Some of the most talented players from throughout New England don’t have to go far to find top-notch Junior hockey competition.
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The EJHL is now a 14-team league spread throughout New England and stretching as far west as Syracuse, N.Y., and as far south as Washington, D.C. Because the Northeast is overrun with NHL, AHL, college, prep and community alternatives, the only people attending Junior hockey games are players’ friends and relatives. Most importantly, the stands generally include a handful of college coaches from some of New England’s most prestigious schools.

“The kids that are moving on from these various Junior leagues are putting in a monumental amount of effort. The commitment is a lot of work, and it’s not for everybody,” said former NHLer Bob Corkum, who regularly scouts EJHL games as an assistant coach for the University of Maine. “A lot of young players think they want it, and then they find out what it’s all about. The Junior level has a way of sorting all that out.”

This season 12 players from the Eastern Junior Hockey League broke in with Div. I college teams.
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Selling the parents without that kind of experience in Junior hockey is challenging... But their job is also to evaluate and help find EJ players the proper college fit.
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Many hockey parents... perceive the Junior model as hockey first and hockey only, but in 2008 alone the EJ placed 93 players on college teams.The days of a Shawn McEachern jumping from Matignon Catholic straight to BU, the U.S. Olympic Team and the Pittsburgh Penguins are over. Now an assistant coach at UMass Lowell, McEachern said more has changed for young hockey players besides the hockey.

“It’s different now because kids are skating year round,” he said. “I played baseball, soccer. I skied, too, when I was a kid.”
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 Click here to view a complete copy of the article.


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
Dec 11, 09
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
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