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Haverhill Valley Forum Enjoys Its Fourth Year of Operation In Style
It seems like just yesterday when the lot on Parkridge Road was nothing but a pile of rubble. Fast forward four years and the site located in the Ward Hill Industrial Park in Haverhill has become a destination for hockey players and programs from around the country.

The Haverhill Valley Forum will be entering its fourth full year of operation after the New Year… and what a three years it has been.

Since its humble opening back in February of 2007, the state-of-the-art, twin rinks facility has hosted thousands of hockey games from mite to Junior A level. It also serves as the home of the Valley Jr Warriors, Masco Youth Hockey and the Skating Club of Andover.

A tour of the facility makes it easy to understand why players and spectators alike are enjoying the experience. The premier sports center features two 200' x 85' ice surfaces, a spacious, glassed-enclosed mezzanine level overlooking both ice surfaces, full-service pro shop and concessions center, 12 team locker rooms and a training facility operated by Athletic Evolution, to name just a few of the many amenities.

The training facility – located on the second floor – has truly set the Haverhill Valley Forum apart from other facilities in the region. The expansive training area – which boasts state-of-the-art equipment – is not only available for general public personal training sessions but it also serves as the physical training center home for the Valley Jr Warriors.

For the third straight season and as part of the annual in-season tuition, the Warriors players take part in-season, structured strength and conditioning programming aimed at improving overall strength, conditioning, speed, flexibility, agility, and body control while also mitigating the risk of injury in competition. All of these improvements occur under the supervision of certified strength coaches.

Programs from across North America are certainly taking notice of the many benefits of the facility. With each passing year, the Haverhill Valley Forum has expanded the number of special events that are hosted throughout the season. Regardless of the temperatures outside, the inside of the HVF – as it affectionately known by its regular visitors – is always ready and prepared for action.

This past season, for example, the facility hosted the Valley Hockey League Championships in March and – without missing a beat – opened its doors to the 10-week long Valley Spring League and a host of league play and summer camps. One of the biggest draws of the summer was the return of Hockey Night In Boston. For the second straight season, a field of the world’s top high school talent traveled to Haverhill to take part in the four HNIB Tournaments from July through August. The event will enjoy a third season in Haverhill during the summer of 2010.

The month of August was capped off by a week-long Valley Jr Warriors summer camp (another program benefit) and the Warrior August Showcase, which drew more than 30 AAA level teams. League and high school play was briefly interrupted in November when the Valley Jr Warriors Junior A squad hosted its 13th Annual Warrior Classic… an event that includes a field of the top Eastern Junior Hockey League teams and Independent Division teams.

Perhaps one of the highlights of the fall, however, was the Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament. In just its second year, the event drew a record 62 teams from Canada and across the United States.

“There is no question that the Haverhill facility has helped us draw better and better teams from across the country to our tournaments,” said Fred Devereaux, the VJW director of player development and tournament director for the August Warrior Showcase and Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament. “Players and coaches enjoy the high quality on-ice conditions, while the parents and spectators have a comfortable and welcoming environment in which to watch the games.”

Two popular special events added in 2009 and making a return in 2010 are the Boston Bruins Holiday Tournament
– sponsored and run by the Boston Bruins Foundation – and the Masco Classic in February.

Proving the saying right that “if you build it, they will come”, the Haverhill Valley Forum is the third Valley Forum to be built on the North Shore by GLS, Associates.

The Lawrence Valley Forum opened its doors in January of 1996, while the Malden Valley Forum was introduced to the hockey world in November of 2001. All three facilities are open year round and have their own special draw and unique character. The Malden Valley Forum, for example, is the home of the hockey teams from Tufts University and Malden Catholic High School while many exciting moments in Andover High School hockey history were played out in Lawrence. Both of those facilities also offer public skating opportunities throughout the year for those just looking to hit the ice for fun with friends and family.

With another busy winter and spring season just around the corner, there is no question that the three Valley Forum facilities have proven that they can handle the challenge and stand the test of time.

The only question remaining is what the Haverhill Valley Forum will have in store in year four.
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
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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
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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