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VJW Teams Take Home Titles, Impress at Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
VJW_Thanksgving_logo_copy_150.gifFor the fourth year in a row, the Valley Jr Warriors program welcomed some of North America’s top teams to take part in the Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament. Once again, the home teams not only held them own... they enjoyed tremendous success.

In total, eight VJW teams - ’98 Elites, ’99 Elites, ’99 Selects,
’00 Elites, ’00 Selects, ’01 Elites, ’02 Elites and ’03 Elites - competed this year.

Over the course of a three-day period, those eight teams amassed 30 wins against top programs such as the Calgary Royals, Rocky Mountain Rough Riders, Middlesex Braves, Red Rangers, Connecticut Junior Bobcats, New Jersey Spartans, Mercer Chiefs and  Rhode Island Saints, to name just a few.

In the end, four VJW teams advanced to the finals with two teams finishing second (’02 Elites and ’99 Elites) and two others capturing divisional titles (’00 Elites and the ’03 Elites). 

Claiming one of those titles was the VJW '00 Elites. This latest win continues what has been a solid season thus far for the Warriors , which currently stand in second place (just two points out of the top spot) in the New England Hockey League (NEHL) 00 American Division.

On this weekend, the Warriors were unstoppable. They began their title pursuit on Friday with strong victories over the Northstar Selects 00 (7-2) and the New York Saints 00 (6-1). They assured themselves a playoff spot with a tie and a win on Saturday against the Boch Blazers 00 (5-2) and the Huskies 00 (5-5).

Following a 4-2 semifinal win over the Connecticut Junior Bobcats 00 on Sunday morning, the Warriors finished off the weekend with a 7-4 win over the Braves 00. The championship title was especially sweet for this VJW ’00 Elites squad which finished second at this even just one year ago!

Hours earlier at the Haverhill Valley Forum, another Warrior team was celebrating. The VJW Mite Elites led all 62 participating teams with a 37 plus/minus differential and a 6-0 record. The squad capped off their championship run with a 7-2 win over the MIddlesex Braves. In that showdown, the Warriors broke out to an early 4-0 lead only to see the Braves sneak back into the game by scoring two unanswered goals. The Warriors were not to be denied, however, as they responded with three unanswered tallies in the final stanza to seal the victory.

Without a full-time netminder on hand during the weekend, the Warriors relied on defenseman Camden Tinkham, who made some impressive saves while between the pipes.

"I think it was a great win and I was really nervous,” said Tinkham. “I thought I could help the team win by playing goalie but was afraid of losing."

It was a welcomed stretch of dominating wins for the VJW Mite Elites, who have been battling it out this season in the NEHL’s 02 American Division which is comprised of teams that are all one year older. They earned that spot thanks to dominating play during this year's NEHL Qualifying Jamboree.

“Playing the older teams is a great opportunity for the players, but it was nice to see them have a chance to see how good they are,” said VJW Assistant Coach Vinnie Bomal.

Forward Anthony Cafarelli was excited after the game.

"It was awesome because we were in first place and the only thing we needed to do was pass and score goals to win to get the trophy and that is what we did."

His mother Anita added, "It was nice to see the kids win it all because they truly are working hard. It is so impressive to see how they have already developed as a team in only a few short months.”

Congratulations to all VJW eight teams on a job well done... and be sure to mark your calendars for the 2012 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament, which will be held on November 23-25, 2012.

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VJW ’00 Elites
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 VJW ’03 Elites

INDEX
Good As Gold - By Mike Lynch
It's OK Ray - By Mike Lynch
Blackwell Prepares for 2012 National Junior Evaluation Camp
Sam Kurker & Brendan Collier Selected in 2012 Entry Draft
Anton Bernard Continues to Enjoy His Post-VJW Career in Italy
Not Your Average Tree Stump - By Mike Lynch
2012 Warrior Classic To Feature Elite Prospects Teams
Chris Kreider Shines On, Breaks Records With the Rangers
VJW Players Perform Well to Finish 2nd at Merrimack Valley Cup
2012 Eastern Junior Hockey League Spring Showcase
VJW Summer Discounts at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning
14 VJW Players Selected For 2012 USA Hockey Development Camp
The Crown Was Too Heavy - By Mike Lynch
VJW Prepares For Inaugural Season in the Elite Prospects League
Chris Kreider Nets Game Winner in Game 6 For the Rangers
VJW Junior A Players Announce College Plans
2012-13 VJW Midget Coaches Announced
Chris Kreider Signs Deal With New York Rangers
Purple Passion - By Mike Lynch
2012 USA Hockey National Championships - Summary
Warrior Shawn Moody Selected to NH U-17 Festival Team
Tryout Reminder - Junior & Midget Dates and Times Are Posted
Three VJW Teams Prepare for 2012 National Championships
Warriors Take Home Three EJHL End-of-Season Awards
VJW '00 Elites Capture 2012 NEHL Championship Title
March Gladness - By Mike Lynch
VJW '99 Elites & '99 Selects Heading to USA Hockey Nationals
VJW Junior A Season Comes to an End in EJHL Quarterfinals
VJW Welcomes Stop It Goaltending for 2012-13 Season
Valentine's Day - By Mike Lynch
VJW Netminder Fabian Sivnert Accepts Scholarship to Bemidji State
VJW Junior A Team Advances to EJHL Quarterfinals... Again!
Save the Date - 2012 VJW Tournament Dates Released
Yes You Can - By Mike Lynch
Warriors Announce the Introduction of FULL SEASON U-16 Team
Former VJW Players Battle For Boston's Hockey Bragging Rights
VJW Teams Support Great Causes on the Frog Pond in Boston
Former VJW Star Sam Kurker Continues Dream Year
VJW Junior A Defenseman Conor Riley Heading to Maine
Josh Woody Named EJHL Offensive Player of the Week
VJW '99 Selects Find Time for Hockey & Fun Outside
Warriors Represented in NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings
VJW Accepting Coaches Applications for 2012-2013 Season
VJW Junior A Forward Mark Meads Commits to Bentley University
Scenes From Around Town - VJW Mite Minors
VJW Netminder Sivnert Named EJHL Defensive Player of the Week
Former VJW Star Colin Blackwell Featured in Hometown Paper
Skate On! - By Mike Lynch
North Team Loses, but VJW Players Shine at EJHL All-Star Game
VJW '99 Selects Lead the Winning Charge During MLK Weekend
Four VJW Players Selected for the 2012 EJHL All-Star Game
VJW Teams Compete Well at the 2012 JWK Tournament
VJW '01 Selects Continue to Roll in Holiday Tournament Play
VJW '03 Selects Skate to Victory During the Holiday Break
VJW '00 Elites Face Off in 2K Super Series Tournament
Men of Steele - By Mike Lynch
Six And Counting for the Red Hot VJW Junior A's
VJW '00 Selects Take Time to Give Back to Toys For Tots
Colin Blackwell Feeling Right At Home in Cambridge
VJW Junior As Extend Winning Streak to Four Games
VJW '97 Elite Players Prepare for High School Challenges
Warriors Sweep Glades to Move Into Third in Northern Division
VJW '01 Selects Win Big at Thanksgiving Tournament
Occupy Anti-Hazing - By Mike Lynch
VJW '00 Selects Capture Bronze at 2011 CAN/AM Tournament
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VJW Junior Squads Perform Well at the 2011 Warrior Classic
2011 Warrior Classic Underway in Haverhill
VJW Mite Minors Enjoy a "Special" Visit
VJW '03 Selects Look Strong Heading Into CAN/AM Tournament
VJW Junior As Split Weekend Series With Apple Core
Barrier Buster - By Mike Lynch
Four VJW Squads Fare Well at 2011 Bauer International Challenge
VJW Junior As Extend Win Streak to Four Games
Three VJW Players Earn New England Hockey League Weekly Honors
Fenway Follies - By Mike Lynch
Trevor Braun Delivers Again; Leads Junior As to Win over Monarchs
Two Big Wins Lift VJW '97 Elites to the No. 2 Spot In the Nation
Warriors Skate to Big 7-5 Victory Over the Jersey Hitmen
Warriors Put A Little Bit of "Pink" In Their Step
VJW 03 Selects Enjoy Hockey Northeast Debut
VJW Teams Impress Early During NEHL Qualifying
VJW Junior A Team Ready For New Challenges
No Light At The End Of This Tunnel - By Mike Lynch
Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning Center Comes to Haverhill
Happy New Year By Mike Lynch
VJW '97 Elites Ready For Another Memorable Season
Defying the Odds: 2011 Warrior National Showcase Is a Hit
Ring the Bell for Keegan - By Mike Lynch
Al Always Gave His All - By Mike Lynch
2011 Warrior August National Showcase Comes to Haverhill in August
Summer of Stanley - By Mike Lynch
Former Warrior Colin Blackwell Selected In 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Welcome Home Stanley! - By Mike Lynch
Come One, Come All to the 2011 VJW Golf Classic
VJW '97 Elites Enjoy Impressive Spring Hockey Festival Performance