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Former VJW Standout Chris Kreider Is A Force for Team USA
KreiderHeadshot_2011WJC.jpgFormer VJW standout Chris Kreider has come a long way since his days as a Warrior Mite player.

Following his impressive performance last spring at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship (he was the youngest player on the squad), Kreider was selected to compete for Team USA at the 2011 U.S. World Junior Championship, which is being held in Buffalo (NY) from December 26 through January 5.

The Boxford native who spent more than 10 years in the VJW program, is
one of eight returning players from the gold-medal winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team. He is taking a break from his sophomore campaign at Boston College.

Here is a recent article about Kreider — and another North Shore native Ryan Bourque — that appeared in the Tri-Town Transcript.

Click here for complete coverage of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Championship.



Boxford's Kreider, Bourque seek more from themselves at World Junior Hockey Championships
By Ed Klajman/Wicked Local Boxford

The event – featuring the best Under-20 hockey players from 10 different nations – is at the halfway mark of the preliminary round.

After squeaking past Finland 3-2 in overtime and then crushing Slovakia, 6-1, and with relative lightweights Germany and Switzerland remaining Thursday and Friday respectively, the U.S. is an overwhelming favorite to win its group and advance straight to Monday’s semifinals.

It’s at that point when a tough test will await the Americans – most likely Sweden or possibly arch-rival Canada. Kreider said by that point he expects both the team and himself individually to be firing on all cylinders.

“I think I can play better. I feel I’ve got more to give,” said the 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward who is a sophomore at Boston College. Kreider also played with the Masconomet High School hockey team prior to suiting up for Phillips Academy of Andover. “The big thing with this tournament is you want to get better as the tournament goes on and wind up to a climax at the end. So far, not just myself but everyone on the team has achieved that. We’re getting better game by game, period by period.”

But Kreider, who has collected an assist in each of the first two games, cautioned that he is a little concerned about the team becoming too complacent after its 6-1 win over Slovakia Tuesday.

“It’s always a worry. Whenever you win a game, you’re worried about how you’re going to respond. It speaks volumes about your character, how you come off of a win,” he said.

Bourque, who plays for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after a prep career at Cushing Academy, said he feels he’ll have to be more of a high-impact “spark plug” for the team if the U.S. is to win its first-ever Under-20 gold medal on home soil.

“I think I’m going to have to provide a lot of energy for my team and just try to energize the group,” said Bourque, who had one assist in the Slovakia game after being shut out against the Finns. “I think on the penalty kill I’m going to play a big role in that and try to keep the puck out of the net and I think chip in offensively too.”

Kreider and Bourque – who are both 2009 draft picks of the New York Rangers – are among eight returning players who were on the U.S. team that stunned Canada last year in Saskatchewan, halting Canada’s title streak at five. Both feel strongly that although they have yet to show their best stuff, they are much better players than they were one year ago.

“I feel a whole lot stronger, a bit more mature,” said Kreider. “I feel a lot more comfortable going in the corners with guys. I think I’ve learned a lot – more positionally sound, definitely more responsible in my own end.”

Bourque added that with “a year under my belt I think I know what to expect, both the ups and downs of this tournament.”

“I know how hard it can be and I know how tough it is on you both mentally and physically," added Bourque, an alternate captain for Team USA. "So I think also just I bring that leadership aspect too to the team, having been here a year before. It’s great knowing what to expect in the competition and just trying to lead out there by example and if something needs to be said in the locker room I’ll say it too.”



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
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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
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