2011 Warrior August National Showcase Comes to Haverhill in August
In just a few short weeks, a field of some of the best youth hockey teams will travel to Haverhill to take part in the 2011 Warrior National Showcase. This annual tournament began as a way for local teams to prepare for the season. Four years later, it has become a premier pre-season event featuring some of the nation’s teams.
This year’s Showcase - scheduled for August 25-28 - will feature seven division and more than 70 teams from the United States, Canada and the Ukraine. Those teams will take part in a minimum of four games.
This year’s field is already proving to be one of the strongest to date (see below for a divisional breakdown).
“We are happy to see our tournament program continue to expand each year,” said Steve MacAdams, the VJW director of program development. “The strength of each competing division will help each team better prepare for the rigors of the upcoming season and provide them with a fun few days of hockey in August.”
As program director, MacAdams works closely with participating programs and helps to evaluate talent to ensure that all teams are evenly matched. This year’s Warrior National Showcase will feature teams from the following divisions: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
“Our staff works hard to accommodate the needs of each program and make the experience a positive one for the players, coaching staff and parents,” said MacAdams.
To MacAdam’s point, all Valley Jr Warriors events are managed by a professional staff with decades of experience running youth and junior level tournaments. The Warriors annually open its doors to the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) Eastern Showcases and Playoffs and Hockey Night in Boston and played host to the 2006 USA Hockey Nationals.
When running its own events, the Warriors provide each team with a tournament liaison and the tournament staff works closely with each participant to create a schedule that works best with its travel plans. In addition, real-time scores are posted online throughout the tournament.
Here is a list of teams competing in each division 97's VJW Elites Team Comcast Toronto Titans Seacoast Spartans Elite Red Rangers Druzhba, Ukraine New Jersey Avalanche West Seneca Wings East Coast Wizards NH. Jr. Monarchs
98's VJW Elites Worcester Crusaders Red Rangers Team Comcast Greater Boston Vipers Providence Caps Elite New Brunswick Selects Dual State Huskies GBL Jr. Bruins Westchester Express
99's VJW Elites VJW Selects New Jersey Avalanche Rhode Island Saints Valley Forge Minutemen NH Jr. Monarchs Assabet Valley Boch Blazers GBL Jr. Bruins Atlantic Selects
00's VJW Elites VJW Selects New Jersey Avalanche Pro Ambitions Red Rangers Team Comcast Greater Boston Vipers Rhode Island Saints Boch Blazers New Jersey Rockets Nova Scotia Selects New Brunswick Selects
01's VJW Elites New Jersey Avalanche Express Hockey, NB East Coast 01's, NB NH Avalanche Rhode Island Saints Nova Scotia Selects Newfoundland Blizzard Dogs Philadelphia Jr. Flyers GBL Jr. Bruins Atlantic Selects
02's VJW Elites New Jersey Avalanche Express Hockey, NB Red Rangers Nova Scotia Prospects Rhode Island Saints Boch Blazers Pittsburgh Aviators GBL Jr. Bruins
03's VJW Elites New Jersey Avalanche Express Hockey, NB Nova Scotia Prospects Rochester Americans Nova Scotia Selects Providence Caps Elite GBL Jr. Bruins
Any questions about the Warrior National Showcase can be directed to MacAdams via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.