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VJW Mite Minors Enjoy a "Special" Visit
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What seemed like a typical day at the rink turned into an extraordinary day for VJW Mite Minor goaltender Mac McCarthy and his team.

Mac’s father, Sergeant First Class Justin McCarthy, has been stationed in Afghanistan since March. He made a special visit home recently and surprised his family and the entire Warriors squad by showing up at the Haverhill Valley Forum last week during practice.
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Following the practice session, the players walked into the locker room and watched as their teammate Mac shouted “this is my Dad!” Standing there in full fatigues was Sergeant First Class  McCarthy. It was a moment that won’t soon be forgotten by anyone in that room.

“Mac talks about his dad all the time in the locker room and you can hear the pride in his voice,” said Rob Carpentier, head coach of the VJW Mite Minors. “It's amazing to me that a seven-year-old boy understands enough to know that his dad is doing something not only for his family but for all families."

That day, Sergeant First Class McCarthy presented the team with an American flag that was flown over his base in Afghanistan on September 11, 2011 - the 10th anniversary of 9/11, in honor of the Valley Junior Warriors. The flag - along with a certificate of authenticity - will be hung in the Haverhill Valley Forum.

“It has been an inspirational experience for me to watch Nicki (Mac’s mom) deal with the grind of a hockey season,” said Carpentier. “She is always upbeat and positive with little reminders to Mac of "remember what daddy says".  I don't know that any of us truly understand how special it has been for the family to have Dad come home, but the smile on Mac's face was amazing. I'm happy I was able to witness it.”
 
The Valley Junior Warriors wish Sergeant First Class McCarthy and the rest of Detachment 41 Task Force Scorpion stationed in Afghanistan Godspeed and safe returns (hopefully in time for the NEHL playoffs in March 2012).

In further support of Our Troops, the VJW Mite Minors and the VJW ’02 Elites will be assembling care packages for the troops based in Afghanistan.

Donations will be collected at the Haverhill Valley Forum on Thursday, November 18th and Friday, November 19th. We thank you for any support you can provide.

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