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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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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
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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
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