|Erik Nemec (14), the VJW's third-leading scorer this year, will look to help his team at the 15th Warrior Classic.
A field of the top junior players from the Northeast and
beyond will come together in Haverhill beginning on November 11th to
take part in the 2010 Warrior Classic.
This annual gathering has become a draw for the top teams
from the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) and the Empire Hockey League as well as a division of
Independent Leagues squads from across the country.
This year’s event – which will be held from November 11
through November 14 – will be headlined by the host team Valley Jr Warriors.
Head Coach Andy Heinze has his young squad once again competing for the top
spot in the EJHL’s Northern Division.
Thus far in the 2010-11 season, the
Warriors have seen its players come together to post impressive
wins including a recent 1-0-1 weekend where the team outpaced Rochester by a
score of 4-3 and then held on for a key 1-1 tie against the Huskies.
“With a strong field competing this year, we are looking to
build momentum at this year’s Warrior Classic,” said Heinze, a two-time EJHL
Coach of the Year. “In addition to some exciting league contests, we are also
excited to welcome one of the largest Independent divisions in recent memory.
It should be a great weekend.”
Heinze has a lot to look forward to this season as he has
seen many of his young players stepping up to the challenge of competing against
some of the country’s top junior programs. First-year player Trevor Braun (Windham,
ME), for example, currently leads the Warriors in scoring with nine goals and four assists in
14 games. Braun, a former Phillips Andover standout, came through with one goal
and one assist – his fourth multi-point games of the season – in a tough 4-3
loss against the always tough Junior Bruins. Also leading the team offensively by posting double-digits points are Zach Sarig (Wyommissing, PA) and Eric Nemec (Metylovice).
Come this month at the Warrior Classic, the Warriors will
face off against EJHL foes including the Philadelphia Revolution (Friday,
November 12th @ 5:25 p.m.) and Rochester (Saturday, November 13th
@ 12:00 p.m.). Spectators can also look forward to watching the Bridgewater
Bandits, Bay State Breakers, New Hampshire Monarchs, New England Huskies, New
England Junior Falcons,
South Shore Kings and Apple Core.
looking to showcase their skills this week are a handful of Empire
Hockey League teams including the VJW's Junior B team led by Head Coach
Stu Irving. The Warriors will take on the Monarchs (Thursday, November
11th @ 8:45 p.m.), Brewster (Friday, November 12th @ 5:15 p.m.) and
Apple Core (Saturday, November 13th @ 12:10 p.m.).
When the EJHL teams are not competing in critical league
games, spectators and scouts (both collegiate and professional) will enjoy
watching Independent teams that hail from across North America. Returning to
defend its 2009 title is the National Sports Academy. Based out of Lake Placid
(NY), NSA will once again be challenged in Haverhill by the 2009 runner-ups
from Canada Stanstead College. Also vying for the 2010 Warrior Classic title
are the following Sainte-Foy Dynamiques, Ontario Hockey Academy, Bridgton
Academy, Atlanta Junior Knights and the Little Bruins as well as newcomers New
Jersey Colonials, Florida Eels, Palm Beach Junior Hawks and the Tampa Bay
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