Super 8; VJW Reunion!
nazarian_400.jpgThe 2013 Super 8 Hockey Championship came to an exciting close last week when Malden Catholic defeated Austin Prep in the championship game at the TD Bank Garden. A total of 10 teams were selected to play in the 2013 Super 8 Hockey Championship this year, and the Valley Jr Warriors program was well represented once again.

Dozens of current and former Warrior players take a break from VJW play each winter season to compete for their high school hockey teams. While the sheer number of VJW players is impressive, many of them have dominated the local headlines with their outstanding play.

On Wednesday, Ara Narazarian - who played on the VJW Junior B team last season - made noise after netting a shorthanded goal to help his Malden Catholic team defeat Catholic Memorial in the semifinals by a score of 5-3 at Tsongas Center. Nazarian - shown in the photo above - led the way for the Lancers (15-6-3) with a hat trick that included the center’s fourth shorthanded goal of the tournament and an empty-netter that sealed the victory. He is joined on Malden Catholic by five other VJW players (see list below).

In the other semifinal, Austin Prep sophomore goalie Elijah Harris - who plays on the VJW U-16 Midget squad - shined in net to lead the Cougars to a 2-1 win over St. John's Prep. Click here to read a story courtesy of the Eagle Tribune on another VJW standout - Bobo Carpenter - who has been a shining star for Austin Prep this season. His father Bob Carpenter is a former NHL star whose daugther Alex Carpenter is the top scorer for Boston College women’s hockey. Both Bob and Alex were part of the VJW organization for many years as a coach and player, respectively.

Here is a list of VJW players - past and present - who represented the program in the 2013 Super 8 Hockey Semifinals. Congratulations to all on a tremendous high school season.

St. John's Prep

  • Cam Shaheen
  • Brian Pinho
  • Tyler Bird
  • Andrew Brandano
  • Jim Currier
  • Evan LeClerc
  • Mark Azarian
  • Nick Bragole
  • Ean Mendezoon
  • James Bightney
  • Evan Dinu

Austin Prep

  • Bobo Carpenter
  • Jake McKenelley
  • Ryan McDonough
  • JJ Layton
  • George Sennott
  • Elijah Harris
  • Brent Hill
  • Eric MacAdams

Malden Catholic

  • Casey Fitzgerald
  • Michael Iovanna
  • Austin Goldstein
  • Tyler Sifferlin
  • Ara Nazarian
  • Connor Maloney

Central Catholic

  • Justin Pimental
  • Alex Lester
  • Kevin Regan
  • Conrad Jepson
  • Zack Coffey
  • Lloyd Hayes
  • Zack Cote
  • Colin Soucy
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