The 62nd edition of the Beanpot Tournament kicked off on February 3rd at the TD Garden and the Valley Jr Warriors program were well represented. This annual tradition features four of the top Boston-area teams in what has become the ultimate battle for Boston’s hockey bragging rights.
This year, nearly 10 percent of the players from Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Harvard University have suited up for the Valley Jr Warriors’ program.
It is an astounding figure considering that two of the teams – #2 Boston College and #10 Northeastern – are ranked in the top 10 nationally and the other two have been perennial powerhouses. All four programs feature the nation’s top talent and the Warriors players fit that bill.
In the first semifinal game which features Harvard and Northeastern, Colin Blackwell and Devin Tringale of the Crimson will face off against Husky standouts Gus Harms and Jack Schechter.
In the second semifinal game, Ryan Fitzgerald and Brendan Silk will attempt to lead Boston College to a fifth straight title. Standing in their way will be Boston University and a strong lineup that includes Brendan Collier and Matt Ronan.
Here is a little more about each outstanding former VJW player who is looking to make Beanpot history this month.
Colin Blackwell - Harvard University
A junior forward for Harvard, Blackwell spent most of his
developmental years playing for the Warriors. He led his VJW team to the
USA Hockey Nationals in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was also selected in
the seventh round (194th pick overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by
the San Jose Sharks.
Brendan Collier - Boston University
A Charlestown product, Collier helped Malden Catholic claim back-to-back
Super Eight titles in 2011 & 2012 before joining VJW Junior A team
for 2012-13 season. As a Warrior, Collier led the team in points (42)
and assists (28) while adding 14 goals to help squad reach league
semifinals. He was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh
round (189th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Ryan Fitzgerald - Boston College
The accolades continue to stack up for Fitzgerald, who this past
November was named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. In 26 games for
the Eagles, Fitzgerald has posted 21 points and is ranked sixth on the
team in scoring. Fitzgerald was the EJHL Rookie of the Year last season
while playing for the VJW Junor A squad. He was selected by the Boston
Bruins in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Gus Harms - Northeastern University
Prior to joining the Huskies, Harms skated for the VJW Junior A team
during the 2012-13 season. He tallied four goals and 19 assists in 48
games, helping the Warriors to a 29-15-1 record and a third place finish
in the Northern Division. Prior to that, Harms served as captain for
the Berkshire School for two seasons from 2010 to 2012 and helped lead
the Bears to a Large School Championship.
Matt Ronan - Boston University
The Terrier senior is a former standout at Belmont Hill School who was
a key part of the VJW Junior A squad during the 2009-10 season. Ronan
recorded 12 points (6g, 6a) in 39 games for the Warriors. He is the
third Ronan to play at Boston University in recent memory. He follows in
the footsteps of his brother, Dan (`99), and his cousin, Ed (`91). Ed
had an 182-game NHL career, mostly with Montreal, and won the Stanley
Cup with the Canadiens in 1993.
Jake Schechter - Northeastern University
Schechter capped off a spectacular high school career by leading
Lawrence Academy to the 2012 New England Preparatory School Athletic
Council (NEPSAC) ice hockey title during his senior season. He was a
standout defensemen for the VJW Junior A team where he finished the
season with three goals and 13 assists through 31 games.
Brendan Silk - Boston College
After growing up playing for the Warriors, Silk went on to play in 42
games for the U.S. National U-18 team in 2011-12 and then the 2012 U.S.
National U-18 select team at the Five Nations Tournament in Pori,
Finland in February 2012. Silk played in 36 games as a freshman and –
through 24 games this season – has posted five points.
Devin Tringale - Harvard University
A dominating force for the VJW Junior A squad during the 2012-13 season,
Tringale finished with 19 goals and 18 assists in 45 games. He was
selected to play in the First Inaugural USA Hockey All-American
Prospects Game in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2012 and was named to EJHL All-Star
Team in 2012-13. Tringale served as captain of 2011-12 Lawrence Academy
hockey team that won the New England Prep School Elite Tournament for
the first time in school history and scored the game-winning goal in
both the semi-final and final games.