Warrior Teams Off to a Fast and Fun Start

PW_Minor_Elite_99_460.jpgThe changing of the leaves means that hockey season is well underway here in New England. All of the Valley Jr Warriors teams have been competing in league and tournament play and are already posting impressive results.

Earlier this season, two Warrior squads – the ’97 Elites and ’99 Elites  (shown right) – captured divisional titles at the 2010 Warrior National Showcase. This popular pre-season tournament featured 55 teams from across the Northeast.

From the start, the ’99 Elites – which blanked Top Gun in that Warrior National Showcase final – have been challenging themselves by competing against the best. In a pre-season warm-up, the Warriors welcomed Team Comcast, currently ranked 18th in the nation according to www.myhockeyrankings.com, to the Haverhill Valley Forum for a two-game series. The two teams split those games, and since that time the Warriors – led by four-year VJW coach Steve Leach – have been continuing that type of strong play by posting key New England Hockey League (NEHL) victories over the New Hampshire Avalanche, Seacoast Spartans and the Albany River Rats.

The ’97 Elites, meanwhile, are still flying high following a 2009-2010 season which saw the team advance to the semifinals of the USA Hockey Tier I National Championship. This year, the team has continued where it left off by compiling a 14-0 record.  During those 14 games, the squad has outscored its opponents by an incredible 84-8 margin. That stretch also included 10 shutouts. The team’s 6-0-0 record in NEHL play also places the Warriors atop the ’97 American Conference in NEHL play.

As of mid-October, the '97 Elites and the '96 Elites were ranked 12th and 11th, respectively, in the national rankings There is no question why the '96 Elites squad is making noise across the country as the team has registered a 13-1 overall record, while outscoring their opponents by a 89-25 margin.

Mite_Elite_460.jpgAnother Warrior team that is providing highlights this season is the youngest crew of players – the Mite Minor Elites (shown left). Led by first-year coach Jack Blaeser, the team has posted a 4-1-1 NEHL record and stands in first place in the Mite National Conference division.

Throughout the season, stories will be posted on these squads as well as the many other Warrior teams that compete in the NEHL and Massachusetts State Select Hockey League.

In addition, a strong field of junior squads from the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) and Independent Leagues will be traveling to the Haverhill Valley Forum to take part in the 2010 Warrior Classic from November 11-14. Just weeks later, more than 70 teams from across the country will travel to Haverhill to compete in the 2010 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament.

Complete schedule and results for all VJW teams are now available.

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Time to Come Home - By Mike Lynch
Little Big Men - By Mike Lynch
Chris Kreider & Team USA Fall In Quarterfinals Against Czech Republic
VJW Players Eager to Hit the Ice Again
Remember, So You Will Never Forget - By Mike Lynch
VJW Star Chris Kreider Named to 2011 U.S. National Team
Success Measured - By Mike Lynch
Ram Tough - By Mike Lynch
VJW All-Star Colin Blackwell Continues to Shine On & Off the Ice
VJW Junior B's Tyler Sifferlin Passes Freshman Test
The VJW Super Six - Eiserman, Blackwell, Irving and Kulevich
17 Former VJW Players Compete in 2011 Super 8 Finals
Former VJW Standout Joe Cucci Leads Merrimack to NCAA Tournament
Rebel With a Cause - By Mike Lynch
VJW '01 Elites Deliver Impressive NEHL Championship Victory
VJW '97 Elites Cap Off Another Impressive Season With an NEHL Title
King of the Hill - By Mike Lynch
VJW '97 Elites Capture 2011 New England Hockey League Title
VJW Junior A Season Comes to An End; Falls in EJHL Quarterfinals
VJW Junior A Team Advances to EJHL Quarterfinals
VJW Junior A Team Skates to Key Playoff Win over Revolution
VJW '99 Selects Raise Money For a Family Cause
VJW Mite Minors Win 2011 NEHL Mite National Title
Save the Date - 2011 VJW Tournament Dates Released
On Top of His World - By Mike Lynch
Former VJW Standout Chris Kreider Named Beanpot MVP
Darcy, Silk Help Team USA Win 2011 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament
VJW Players Recognized by the New England Hockey League
Former VJW Junior A Star Joe Cucci Leads Merrimack to Record Season
VJW Accepting Coaches Applications for 2011-2012 Season
Fire Still "Burns" - By Mike Lynch
VJW Junior A Team Wins Two Out of Three During Key League Weekend
VJW '98 Elites Ice League-Leading Middlesex Braves, 2-1
VJW Mite Major Elites Score 2nd Place Finish at JWK Tournament
VJW Mite Minors Wow the TD Bank Garden Crowd
VJW '96 Elite Players Continue to Lead on High School Stage
Sarig, Braun, Heinze & Nazarian Selected as Junior All Stars
VJW '97 Elites Headline This Weekend's AAA SuperSeries Event
VJW '99 Selects Ring in the New Year at the 2011 Bell Capital Cup
Chris Kreider Named Player of the Game for Team USA
A Beautiful Day - By Mike Lynch
VJW Junior B Ara Nazarian Is the Empire League's Rising Star
VJW Junior A Team Notches Two League Wins Against the Glades
Cameron Darcy Leads U.S. at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Former VJW Standout Chris Kreider Is A Force for Team USA
VJW Mite Minors Take on "Biggest" Foe of the Season
Just Added... 2011 AAA SuperSeries Schedule Now Available
The Right Stuff - By Mike Lynch
VJW Players Take Time to Give Back During the Holiday Season
Five VJW Junior Bs Make Varsity High School Hockey Teams
Warriors End 2010 On a Winning Note Against the Glades
Chris Kreider Highlights U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster
VJW Junior A Team Blanks Apple Core at 10th Annual Invitational Showcase
VJW Alumni In the News - UMass-Dartmouth's Valley Fivesome
Fitzgerald ('97 Elites) & Sweeney ('01 Elites) Named Players of the Week
Heads Up For Kelsey - By Mike Lynch
VJW Junior A Standout John Jackson Earns EJHL Weekly Honor
Noah Hanifan Named NEHL Player of the Week
VJW '00 Selects Collect Bronze Medals at Can/Am Challenge Cup
Host Teams Perform Well at 2010 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
Teams Prepare for 2010 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
VJW Junior A Team Enjoys Two-Game Win Streak
Anthony Aresco & Jack Cronin Earn NEHL Weekly Honor
No Hazing Zone - by Mike Lynch
VJW Junior A Team Caps Off Another Warrior Classic
VJW U16 IIs Continue Winning and Championship Ways
VJW Teams Perform Well at 2010 Bauer Invitational
EJHL & Independent Teams Prepare for 15th Warrior Classic
Annie Grab Your Stick - By Mike Lynch
Longtime VJW Standout Colin Blackwell Commits to Harvard
'96 Elites Jump Out to an Impressive Start
97 Elites Off to Fast, Unbeaten Start
Longtime VJW Standout Colin Blackwell Commits to Harvard for 2012 Season
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