VJW Squirt Major Selects Make a Difference Both On and Off the Ice
It has been another impressive season for the Valley Jr Warriors Squirt Major squad... both on and off the ice.
Mark Lester's team has been a model for other teams in the area as the players have found a way to perform well on the ice and give back to the local community.
This past week, the team announced that it will be supporting the efforts
of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB), which is in dire need of food supplies. The
MVFB supplies food for over 100 agencies (including food pantries,
shelters, children & elderly programs) in greater Lowell and the
surrounding communities. Click here to learn more about the MVFB Food Drive This latest charitable effort is nothing new
for this team. Over the past few years, the team has dedicated
countless hours and raised significant funds to support local
In addition to this work, the team still manages to
impress on ice. Just weeks ago, the Warriors posted a strong 8-3 win
over the Portland Pirates in Sacco, Maine. Following that victory, the
players braved the frigid weather to take part in a fun game of tackle
football on Old Orchard Beach (see photo above).
games remaining in the regular season, the team stands in a four-way
tie for first place in the Massachusetts Select Hockey League and leads
the league in goal differential (+57) with 119 goals scored and 62 goals against.
happy about the on-ice record, Lester is most proud of the special bond
that his team has developed both on and off the ice.
enjoy being together and they want to play for each other and they don't want to let
the one next to him down," said Lester, a former Cape Ann League Coach
of the Year who is enjoying his third season as a VJW coach. "We are
very excited to be in the position we are and to have an opportunity to
get into the state tournament. I always tell them that if we can get
into the tournament, anything can happen."
If their past efforts are any indication, this special group of players has already proven that they can make difference and nothing is out of their reach.