VJW '98 Elites Jonathan Folsom Featured in Local Newspaper
folsom.jpgIt's hard to keep track of all the accomplishments of the Valley Jr Warriors players, but one Warriors player recently earned the attention of his local newspaper.

Jonathan Folsom, a member of John Cusack's '98 Elites team, was recognized for his outstanding play during his team's recent trip to Ottawa where they took part in the Bell Capital Cup. The 11 year old from Middleton was selected to take part in the '98 All-Star game and earned MVP honors for netting one goal and two assists. He also - more importantly - helped his team to a 2-1 record against some of North America's top teams. It took the second-ranked team in the nation to knock off the Warriors and end their bid for the Canadian title.

The '98 Elites are in the midst of another strong season as the squad currently stands atop the New England Hockey League's American Division with an impressive 19-1-3 record.

Here is a copy of the article which recently appeared in the Tri-Town Transcipt.

Congratulations to Jonathan and the entire '98 Elites team for representing the Valley Jr Warriors so well on both sides of the border!

Middleton's Folsom earns MVP at international hockey tournament, wants to follow in Kreider’s footsteps
By Joshua Boyd/jboyd@cnc.com

Middleton - Chris Kreider is just inspiring other hockey players left and right these days.

Whether it be his and his Team USA ’mates winning the World Under-20 Hockey Champions inspiring the NHL-filled Team USA roster at the Olympics, or inspiring a fellow Tri-Towner with big league dreams of his own, Kreider has many fans right now.

“I want to start out at Masconomet and then try to get scouted for a prep school, and then go to Boston College,” said 11-year-old Middleton native Jonathan Folsom. “Then, I’d like to try to be an NHL draft pick.”

If that sounds familiar, it is exactly the path that Boxford's Chris Kreider has been on for the last five or so years — Masconomet to Phillips Andover to Boston College, and he was a first round draft pick last summer by the New York Rangers.

“I had a camp with the Valley Jr. Warriors, where he used to play, and he came to the camp,” said Folsom, a 6th-grader at Middleton’s Howe-Manning School. “I didn’t talk to him much, but I made a move, and he said ‘Nice move.’ I am following in his footsteps.”

Folsom has earned himself some high honors already in hockey, the biggest coming recently at the 11th annual Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.

The Bell Capital Cup is the largest youth hockey tournament in the world, registering 502 teams to compete in this year’s event. Folsom and his Valley Jr. Warrior teammates traveled nearly 10 hours to reach Canada’s capital region and were able to pull out two wins and a tie before losing to the second-ranked team in the country in the Peewee Minor AAA Brooks Division. He had three assists in four divisional games.

As part of the tournament extras, Folsom had been selected to participate in the 1998 (birth year) AAA All-Star game, which pitted two All-Star 11-year-old teams against each other — the teams were made up of top players from all over the world, including Finland, China, Germany, Sweden and 14 from the United States.

The special game took place at 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Folsom earned one goal and two assists towards the team win, which yielded his MVP accolade.

Folsom has been playing for the Valley Jr. Warriors for the last four years, but this was his first time going to the Bell Capital Cup tournament.

“Our coach, John Cusack, has gone there many times before,” said Folsom. “I thought it was a very fast-paced tournament.”

He played against teams with names that carry a lot of weight in elite hockey circles — Detroit Little Caesars, New Jersey Devils Youth, the Quinte (Ont.) Red Devils and the Kanata (Ont.) Blazers.

When he’s not playing hockey, you can usually find Folsom on a baseball field in the spring or on a soccer field in the fall — but with those sports, he’s doing double duty with hockey. 

“I play hockey year round, playing for tournament teams in the spring,” said Folsom.

Knowing full well where he wants to take his game, you can bet Folsom will keep playing the fastest game on ice despite what the calendar says. After all, he’s got quite a bit of catching up to do if he wants to follow Kreider’s already successful career path.


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