Three VJW Junior A Players Announce Plans for 2014-15 Season

 Shane Tracy
Just weeks after the VJW Junior A team put an exclamation on its season by advancing to the second round of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) playoffs, Head Coach Andy Heinze announced that three of his players have made college commitments.

Come this fall, Christian Elsborg (Milwaukee School of Engineering), Shane Tracy (Curry College) and Ross Bendetson (Tufts University) will take their skills and their smarts to the next level.

“We are committed to developing student athletes and we are happy for Christian, Shane and Ross and their families,” said Heinze, a former captain of the 1989-90 Merrimack College team. “It will be exciting to watch them take their games to the next level.”

Christian Elsborg and Shane Tracy were simply dominating offensive forces for the Warriors this past season. In the team’s first season competing in the EHL, Elsborg and Tracy finished as the team’s top point getters with 44 apiece.

In 43 games, Elsborg netted 20 goals and added 24 assists. He also notched at least one point in the Warrior’s last six regular-season games. Elsborg, who hails from Frisco, Texas, will suit up for the Milwaukee School of Engineering. This past season, the Raiders advanced to the Harris Cup Quarterfinals after a strong season of play in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA).

Tracy was equally as effective this past season for the Warriors as he posted 17 goals and 27 assists in 44 games. During the team’s playoff run, Tracy registered a team-high three points in five games.

That performance no doubt made Curry College Head Hockey Coach T.J. Manastersky very happy. After all, Tracy will join the Colonels next season and will look to help the team improve on its Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) semifinal performance this past season.

Bendetson, an Andover native, split time in net for the Warriors this past season and his efforts were rewarded by being accepted into the Tufts University program.

“It is a testament to the hard work that these players,” said Heinze. “Finding a good fit between a player, a school and a team is what we strive to achieve for each player in our organization.”

This latest announcement continues an impressive streak of Warrior players being developed into some of the top college players in the country.

The Warriors have 26 current and former players who are currently competing for or are committed to a NCAA Division I program. The program also has approximately 40 players competing in Division III in the 2013-14 season and more than 100 NCAA Division I & III players who have graduated.

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