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Host Teams Perform Well at 2010 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
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The VJW Mite Elites (shown above) were one of seven Warrior teams that advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament.

Following two days of round-robin play and a Sunday full of exciting playoff action, the 2010 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament came to a close with seven teams earning championship title.

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In what was the most competitive field to date, each division featured some of the top teams in the region and in many cases in all of North America. Stepping up to the challenge was all eight Valley Jr Warrior teams that took part in this year’s holiday weekend showcase. Coming up just short and earning runner-up titles in their respective divisions were the VJW ’97 Elites and VJW ’00 Elites.

“It was a great weekend and our teams proved that they can compete at a high level,” said Fred Devereaux, the VJW director of player development. “Although we didn’t win the titles, this experience will allow us to hone in on areas of improvement and prepare us for league play.”

One of the most exciting battles came in the ’97 Division where the Warriors – ranked 9th in the country according to MyHockeyRankings.com – took on 10 strong programs which included the Calgary Royals, Seacoast Spartans and the 13th ranked Mid-Fairfield squad. Following a tough 2-0 loss to Calgary on Friday, the Warriors pulled out a 2-1 victory over Mid-Fairfield and then a pair of decisive 8-1 wins over Albany and Top Gun. Their performance during the round-robin portion of the event set up a re-match with Calgary in the semifinals. This time around the Warriors came through with a 3-0 blanking and earned a chance to defend the Warrior Thanksgiving Championship title that it captured just one year ago.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, the squad ran into a red-hot Seacoast Spartans team that had cruised through the first two days of competition. The final was much of the same as the Spartans skated to a 6-5 win to cap off a tournament which saw the Seacoast post six victories and outscore their opponents by a 37-to-11 margin.

Despite the loss, the Warriors will continue on and compete in three key league contests (against the Monarchs, Falcons and Seacoast) during the month of December before traveling to Toronto to compete in the Richard Bell Tournament during the Christmas holiday. 

Hours earlier, another Warrior team – the VJW ’00 Elites – took to the Haverhill ice in a championship showdown with the BC Eagles. In the end, the No. 24-ranked team proved why it has gained national recognition by prevailing by a score of 4-1 over the Warriors. Currently sitting in fourth place in the New England Hockey League standings, the Warriors have much to be happy about following the Thanksgiving event. After all, en route to the championship contest the Warriors knocked off the mighty Red Rangers in an exciting 3-2 semifinal matchup. The Red Rangers have been on fire all season long as the team sits second in the NEHL standings with a 12-4-2 record.

In addition to those finalists, the Warriors were well represented in the semifinals as the ’98 Elites, ’99 Elites, ’01 Elites, Mite Elite and Mite Minor squads all fell just short in their bid to capture a title in 2010.

"There is no question that all of the teams were challenged this weekend,” said Devereaux. “We are already looking forward to hosting this event again in 2011."

INDEX
VJW Coaches Bring "Unique" Professional Experiences to the Program
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
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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
Warrior Teams Off to a Fast and Fun Start
Retiring Coaches Honored at Golf Tourney
AAA SuperSeries Comes to Haverhill in 2010
VJW '99 Selects Make a Difference On and Off the Ice