2012 Warrior Classic Kicks Off on Friday

A field of the top junior players from the Northeast and beyond will come together in Haverhill beginning on November 8th to take part in the 2012 Warrior Classic.

This annual event has become a draw for the top teams from the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) and the Empire Hockey League as well as a division of Independent Leagues squads from across the country.

This year’s event – which will be held from November 8 through November 11 – will be headlined by the host team Valley Jr Warriors. Head Coach Andy Heinze has his talented squad once again competing for the top spot in the EJHL’s Northern Division.

Thus far in the 2012-13 season, the Warriors have seen its players come together to garner league attention with its hot start by winning eight out of its start 10 games. Through 16 games, the Warriors have four players who have registered double-digit points. Included in that impressive list are Brendan Collier (7g, 8a), Devin Tringale (8g, 6a), Ryan Fitzgerald (3g, 9a) and Nick Pichette (6g, 5a).

“With a strong field competing this year, we are looking to build momentum at this year’s Warrior Classic,” said Heinze, a three-time EJHL Coach of the Year. “In addition to some exciting league contests, we are also excited to welcome one of the largest Independent divisions in recent memory. It should be a great weekend.”

Come this month at the Warrior Classic, the Warriors will face off against EJHL foes the Rochester Stars (Friday, November 8th @ 6:00 p.m.), Philadelphia Revolution (Saturday, November 9th @ 11:40 a.m.) and the Connecticut Oilers (Sunday, November 10th @ 8:15 a.m.). The team will cap off its Warrior Classic with a showdown against the Independent Division's South Shore Hurricanes (Sunday, November 10th @ 2:15 p.m.).

Also looking to showcase their skills this week are a handful of Empire Hockey League teams including the VJW's Junior B team. The Warriors will take on the Space Coast Hurricanes (Thursday, November 8th  @ 6:00 p.m.) and Palm Beach Hawks (Saturday, November 9th @ 2:20 p.m.).

When the EJHL teams are not competing in critical league games, spectators and scouts (both collegiate and professional) will enjoy watching Independent teams that hail from across North America. In addition to the Space Coast Hurricanes and the Palm Beach Hawks, other Independent Division teams competing this year include Atlanta Knights, Florida Eels, Hampton Roads Whalers and East Coast Eagles.

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