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
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
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
“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.