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Did You Know? 10% of the Beanpot Players Are Valley Jr Warrior Alums!

BeanPotTV_Display.jpgThe 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.

 

 

INDEX
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VJW Alum Chris Kreider Emerges as An NHL Game Changer
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VJW Alum Noah Hanifin Named to U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team
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Former Warrior Mike Vecchione Helps Union College Win First National Title
VJW '97 Elites Cap Off Superior Season at USA Hockey National Championship
It's Game Time for VJW U16's at the 2014 USA Hockey National Championship
Former Warriors - Fitzgerald, Silk & Vecchione - Highlight Frozen Four
Three VJW Junior A Players Announce Plans for 2014-15 Season
VJW ’97 Elites Prepare for 2014 USA Hockey U16 Tier I National Championship
Three VJW '00 Elites Participate in Prestigous East Coast Young Guns Showcase
VJW Players Highlight 2014 Super 8 Hockey Championship
Valley Jr Warrior Junior A Team Soars Into Second Round of EHL Playoffs
A Parent's Perspective: Reflections On Another Great Season of Warrior Hockey
Valley Jr Warriors Post Perfect Record on NEHL Championship Sunday
Valley Jr Warrior Teams Win Three NEHL Championship Titles
In Memory of Paul Gilmartin, Sr.
VJW Alums Lead USA Under-17 team to Another International Title
Thanks to VJW Alum Alex Carpenter For Representing Team USA at Sochi
Valley Jr Warriors Named Charter Member of E9 Elite Hockey League
So Much to Look Forward to - VJW Tryout Season Begins This Week
VJW Alums Ryan Fitzgerald & Brendan Silk Celebrate 62nd Beanpot Tournament Win
Former NHL Stars Ken Hodge & Scott Lachance Named VJW Bantam Coaches
VJW Junior A Standout Charlie Widmar Commits to St. Olaf College
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VJW Teams Head to Rhode Island for JWK Tournament
VJW '00 Selects Enjoy A Night at Frozen Fenway
Former Warriors Lead Team USA to a Gold Medal at the gold medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challen
Alex Carpenter Named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Roster
VJW '03 Elites Advance to Semifinals at the North American Frozen Cup
Two Former Valley Jr Warriors Players Continue Impressive Carpenter Legacy
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VJW '97 Elites - Massachusetts State Champions
VJW '00 Selects Take Time to Give Back During the Holiday Season
VJW '01 Elites Impress and Dominate at 2013-2014 Super01 Series Tournament
Valley Jr Warriors Youth Teams Continue NEHL Player of the Week Streak
Charlie Widmar & Shane Tracy Named EHL Mid-Season All Stars
VJW '00 Elites Make National Statement; Now Ranked 12th In the Nation
Another Major Success For the Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
VJW Teams Win Three of Six Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament Titles
Former Warrior Chris Kreider Nets First Career NHL Hat Trick
VJW Teams Prepare For Playoffs at Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
2013 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament Kicks Off in Haverhill
Four Former Warriors Reunite in NCAA Division I Showdown
Ken Hodge & Ryan St. Jean Backstop VJW '00 Elites to a Great Start
VJW Junior A Squad Scores Four Power-Play Goals in League Win
Cam Askew Takes his VJW Talents to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
From the VJW to the NHL: Chris Kreider and Corey Schneider
Logan Bridgewater Named NEHL Player of the Week
VJW '99 Elites Advance to Mass State Championship Finals
Hunter Wilhoite Named Eastern Hockey League Defensive Player of the Week
Former Warrior Ryan Fitzgerald Named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week
VJW U16 Tier I Team Capture 3rd State Championship & Are National Bound... Again
VJW Junior A Team Happy to Be Back Home
Four VJW Players Receive NEHL Player of the Week Honors
VJW '00 Elites Capture 2013 East Coast Classic Prep Cup Tournament Title
VJW '97 Elites Dominate and Win 2013 Midget Fall Classic
Jack Toohey Named the New England Hockey League Player of the Week
Fitzgerald, Hanifin & White Suit Up for U.S. National Under-17 Team
VJW Junior A Team Falls to Northern Cyclones in Week 2
Brendan Parent of the VJW '99s Named NEHL Player of the Week
VJW '03 Elites Advance to Finals of 2013 AAA Rochester Invitational
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