It’s the most wonderful time of the year... It's Beanpot time in Boston! It's time to watch some of the best Valley Jr Warriors Alumni in action!
The 64th edition of the Beanpot Tournament will kick off on February 1st at the TD Garden with the final being played on February 8th -- and the Valley Jr Warriors program will be well represented once again.
This annual tradition features four of the top Boston-area teams in what has become the ultimate battle for Boston’s hockey bragging rights.
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For the third year in a row, 10 percent of the rostered players from Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Harvard University have suited up for the Valley Jr Warriors’ program.
This year, as always the competition is fierce as three of the four teams are battling it out in the USCHO poll - #5 Boston College, #7 Harvard and #9 Boston University and Northeasterns comes in at #7 in the Hockey East Standings.
All four programs feature the nation’s top talent and the Warriors players fit that bill.
In the first semifinal game which features Boston College and Harvard, Colin Blackwell and Devin Tringale of the Crimson will face off against Eagles Ryan Fitzgerald, Casey Fitzgerald, Colin White and Brendan Silk as they attempt to regain the title for Boston College.
In the second semifinal game, reigning champion Boston University Terriors’ Nick Roberto and Bobo Carpenter will line up against last year's finalists Northeastern, with Husky standouts Brendan Collier, Sam Kurker and Jake Schechter.
Here is a little more about each outstanding former VJW player who is looking to make Beanpot history this month.
Colin Blackwell - Harvard University
Blackwell ccored first goal of the year in second period of 7-0 win at Dartmouth Oct. 31, 2015 and had his first multi-point game of the season came at home-opener Nov. 1 with two assists vs. Dartmouth. He is now 4-9-13 for the season. A senior 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 - Northeastern 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
Fitzgerald was the EJHL Rookie of the Year 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. As a Junior, he is second on the team for points (just behind fellow Alumn Colin White), 14-16-30, with a recent four points against Providence.
Nick Roberto - Boston University
The former VJW youth player from Wakefield is now a sophomore for the Terriers. He played in 33 games last year and finished second among freshmen in scoring with 18 points. He enjoyed time as a Warrior during his squirt years and then again as a U-16 player. He spet two seasons at Kimball Union after attending Malden Catholic, where he helped Lancers claim the 2011 Super 8 title.
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.
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.
Casey Fitzgerald - Boston College
The freshman defenseman played on the VJW Junior team and was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. He also played on for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2014-15 and the U.S. Men's National Under-17 Team. He's 2-12-14 this year for the Eagles playing with his brother Ryan.
Colin White - Boston College
White, a freshman, was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the first round (21st) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and currently leads the Eagles with 31 points for the season so far. White was the Assistant Captain of the gold-medal winning U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team and scored the game-winning goal in overtime over Finland to help Team USA clinch gold. He played for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2014-15, was the assistant captain of National Under-17 Team in 2013-14, played eight games with U-18 Team in 2013-14, and was the assistant captain of the gold-medal winning U-17 World Hockey Challenge team.
Bobo Carpenter - Boston University
Carpenter played his youth career with the Valley Jr. Warriors from Squirt Major to U16 when he moved to the USHL playing for the Sioux City Muskateers where he lead in goals. He graduated from Austin Prep, where he totaled 70 points (40g, 30a) in 66 games spanning two seasons and also played at Governor's Academy during 2011-12 season. He is 7-3-10 for the Terriers with two goals against UMaine last weekend.
Sam Kurker - Northeastern University
Kurker began his hockey program as a VJW Squirt and played through the youth program before heading to the USHL where he played for the Sioux City Musketeers. He played two seasons at Boston University before returning to the USHL. He was selected in the second round (56th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. He has now tallied 13 pts as a Junior for the Huskies who are tied for 4th in the Hockey East Standings.