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Former VJW Star Colin Blackwell Featured in Hometown Paper
120116.jpgFormer VJW star Colin Blackwell has quickly turned heads during his freshman season at Harvard University. Blackwell, who was part of a '93 Elite squad that captured four straight Massachusetts Hockey Select League Championships and posted more than 100 straight wins in league play, has scored four goals and five assists in 17 games for the Crimson.

In addition to taking on tough ECAC foes, Blackwell recently enjoyed an experience of a lifetime when he played at Fenway Park as part of the "Frozen Fenway" series (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
He will also - beginning the first week in February - compete in the Beanpot at TD Bank.

Here is a copy of the article that was featured on the front page of Monday’s Eagle-Tribune sports section.


January 16, 2012

College Stars: Freshman Blackwell giving Harvard plenty to celebrate

For someone who wasn't even supposed to play college hockey this winter, Colin Blackwell is doing remarkably well.

The freshman forward from North Andover has four goals and five assists for Harvard.

"It's been an absolute blast," said Blackwell, who last winter tallied 33 goals and 33 assists in 25 games to break the immortal Bobby Carpenter's 31-year-old St. John's Prep single-season scoring record.

"I struggled a little at first. The first 2-4 games, I got a taste of what it's all about. All the guys are bigger, faster, stronger."

On Nov. 22, Blackwell proved he belonged, leading the Crimson back from a 4-0 deficit for a stirring 7-6 win over UNH. He netted the tying and go-ahead goals.

"They were doing pretty well, ranked high," said Blackwell, who was ESPNBoston's Massachusetts Mr. Hockey last winter. "To beat a Hockey East team, down 4-0, it was a big win. It was an awesome experience. It gave me a lot of confidence."

His four goals have all been in the third period and all have been crucial for the 4-6-6 Crimson. In addition to the UNH pair, he scored to seal the win over No. 12 Colgate and tallied a highlight-film spinning beauty to tie RPI.

The original plan was for him to play a year of juniors, but the rebuilding Crimson were impressed enough in March to have him play immediately.

He hasn't disappointed.

"We're always surprised when a player comes in as an 18-year-old freshman (he turns 19 on March 28) and has the kind of success that Colin has had right off the bat," said Harvard coach Ted Donato, the former Bruin. "But we certainly had very high hopes for him. With his track record of playing his best in big games, we knew he'd be able to elevate his game to the next level."

His speed, which made him a high school phenom, is still his calling card.

"What has translated most quickly for Colin are his speed and tenacity," said Donato. "His ability to make plays at high speed has translated very well."

At 5-9, 180 pounds, Blackwell can't afford to solely rely on his speed.

"The big guys, they might take you lightly," he said. "You have to play with a chip on your shoulder."

Already Blackwell has played at "the Taj Mahal of hockey" North Dakota's Ralph Engelstad Arena, and at Fenway Park and the Beanpot beckons.

"I've been watching the Beanpot ever since I can remember," said Blackwell, who also was heavily recruited by several Hockey East schools, including Merrimack. "To be a part of that history is a dream come true."

Playing at Harvard was also a dream come true for Blackwell, who won the prestigious Moynihan Lumber North Shore Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award last year.

He said he earned an A and three B's this fall while taking economics, calculus, Spanish and expository writing.

"By the time you get out of hockey, you're run down," said Blackwell, a longtime Merrimack season-ticket holder growing up. "But you have to get right to work. You can't sit back and relax too often. I probably do 3 1/2-4 hours of homework a night average."

Donato is expecting bigger and better things from Blackwell.

"I think his future is very bright," said the coach. "His work ethic, his skill and his character lead me to believe there will be a lot of great things in his future."



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Sam Kurker & Brendan Collier Selected in 2012 Entry Draft
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
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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
VJW Teams Take Home Titles, Impress at Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
Teams Prepare for 2011 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
VJW Teams Come Together For A Great Cause
VJW '97 Elites Win States; Are National Bound Again
Family Affair - By Mike Lynch
VJW Teams Bring Home Gold, Three Bronzes at 2011 CAN/AM Tournament
VJW Junior Squads Perform Well at the 2011 Warrior Classic
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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
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Defying the Odds: 2011 Warrior National Showcase Is a Hit
Ring the Bell for Keegan - By Mike Lynch
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Summer of Stanley - By Mike Lynch
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Welcome Home Stanley! - By Mike Lynch
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