Game of the Week – ’09 American – Jr. Bruins vs. Patriots

The Jr Bruins 09 Elite and Assabet Patriots are jockeying for playoff positioning in a matchup of two of the top teams in the 2009 American division. The Jr Bruins won the only matchup the teams had this year back in October by a score of 5-2.

 

Game of the Week – ’07 American – Advantage Black vs. Glades

The Boston Advantage 07 Black are looking to close the gap a top the 2007 American South Division with a big matchup on Sunday against the Glades.  The Advantage are 2-1-1 thus far against the Glades.

 

Dec. 8th Game of the Week

The Rifles and Mounties are tied atop the 2007 American North division as the teams skated to a 2-2 draw this past weekend. Dom DiCioccio scored 17 seconds into the third period to lift the Rifles into a 2-2 tie with the Mounties, who got a goal and an assist apiece from Caleb Burnett and Aidan Forcier.

Game of the Week – Mite National

The Mite National’s top 2 teams meet for the first time in the regular season Sunday Nov. 24th. The Seahawks trail #1 Americans by just 1 point, but also have 2 games in hand and beat the Americans 8-4 back in the parity round.

Boston Americans 09 Elite Team at the top of their Standings

The Boston Americans 2009 elite team sits at the top of their 2009 American division standings with 24 wins, 1 loss and 3 ties in their 28 games played so far this 2019-20 season.

Head coach Dave Vater says the team has been working hard all season and their placement in the standings shows for it.

“The team’s success this year comes from their commitment and dedication to working hard as a group in practice.  Which then carries over to our games.  All of our players and their families deserve the success that the team has been experiencing this year and we hope to finish strong throughout the playoffs.”

The team will have the weekend off and prepares to take on the RI Saints 09 Elite team next Saturday February 23 at Hockey Town, USA with puck drop at 6:40 pm. This will be their fifth match up with the Saints who they have defeated each time.

 

 

New England Knights 05 Elite With Longest Winning Streak

The New England Knights 05 Elite team has proven themselves as a dominant force. They currently have the longest winning streak across all teams and ages in the BHL. The squad has played 23 games so far this season with 17 of those being wins, losses and 1 tie.

They’ve put up an impressive 92 goals. They sit in first place in their division – 2005 American. They have won their past 12 games, with their last loss in early November when they fell to Warriors 1-0. Every player on the team has even contributed to the score sheet at some point this season. They have come into 2019 hot with a 5-4 win over the Warriors who they fell to earlier in the season. They look to extend their streak going into the weekend as they take on the Icemen on Saturday and Wizards on Sunday.

U18 Patriots Undefeated: Look to Continue Win Streak

The Patriots U18 team currently sits in first place in the U18 National standings as they’ve gone 3-0 for the season so far. The squad has put up 8 goals in their three games so far this season and allowed only two.

Head Coach Ryan Dooley attributes the team’s recent success to their ability to play as a cohesive unit with the same goal in mind.

“When you get a locker room full of guys with the same goals and the same mindsets, everything seems to come together,” said Dooley.

The Patriots have shut out their opponents the past two weekends shutting out the Lovell Knights U18 squad 2-0 and 3-0, and opened up their season play with a 3-2 win over the 95 Giants.

“Our squad has various players from all over. We’re extremely lucky to have each and every one of them. The next step is to get into their high school season with the confidence they build from playing in this league. Our team has a lot of fun throughout the fall but the goal at the end of the season is to be better than before. So for now we will focus on our skill development and game preparations to ensure the most success wherever they may end up this winter,” said Dooley.

Coach Dooley said his main focus is developing his players  and making sure they learn from every shift and every play.

“My job is easy, I make sure to provide these guys a high tempo, competitive practice while they just need to show up for games in the right state of mind. Every game and every shift is a learning experience for these young players, so we all make sure to constantly learn from one another to build off off mistakes and successes,” said Dooley.

The Patriots look to continue the win streak in their upcoming contest against the 95 Giants this coming Saturday October 6 in Attleboro. Puck drop is at 8:30 am.

 

VJW Alumni JD Dudek Shares Oilers Development Camp Experience

After his first ever hockey practice at 8-years-old, Valley Jr. Warrior Alumni “JD Dudek came off the ice in tears, never wanting to play hockey again.

Inevitably, he got back out on the ice, time and time again until eventually his hate for the game developed into a love.

It was during his time with the Warriors that Dudek realized his potential and his ability to go somewhere with the sport.

“I played on a good line with Bobo Carpenter who’s now at BU and Nolan Redler who’s now at UMass Boston. We really started developing something there and went to these national tournaments and started doing well as a team,” said Dudek.

Dudek participated in his first national camp with the Warriors. These national camps helped giv

e him the stage he needed to get noticed. It was at a tournament in Chicago that he got invited to play for the West Coast Selects, and two of his teammates invited to play for Pro Canada. That summer he and two of his teammates went out to Europe to play on an international stage.

“I remember this so specifically, we were playing in the Nike Bauertournament in Chicago, we were playing the number one team in the country, we ended up losing 3-1 which shouldn’t be a memory, but this team was by far the best team in the country, bunch of NHLers right now who played on the team. We got out shot probably 70 to 10. My buddy Bo ended up standing in net making a ton of saves. Another kid Jonny ended up scoring our goal and that was where myself, Jonny and Bo got noticed.”

The now 22-year-old Auburn, NH native is just coming off his fourth development camp (three with the New Jersey Devil’s and now one with the Edmonton Oilers). Dudek shared what his experience in Edmonton was like.

“It’s kind of cliché but just being a sponge at the camp was great. These guys know so much and are so educated on the game I was just there learning. Being 22 and being one of the older guys at the camp, I still learned so much at this camp, the staff was great, guys were great, city was great. There

 was no really down points to the camp at all,” said Dudek.

From work on flexibility, motion and power, stamina, stride work, 3-on-3 play to scrimmages, they were just about tested on it all.

One special part of this camp for Dudek was his interaction with hockey legend Paul Coffey. “He actually took me aside at one point during the 3-on-3 and just said ‘hey man I really like your game, it’s a game that I think can translate well to pro, just keep at it, everything about your game is good but you have room for improvement, you have that drive, I see how driven you are and how much you care about the sport and your career. It was such a great compliment to hear from a guy like that, to know that he sees a future for my game and how I worked so hard to get to where it is,” said Dudek.

It’s no surprise Dudek has made a name for himself in the realm of professional sports as he comes from a family of professional athletes. Both his mother and his father played sports professionally at one point. Having an ex pro football player as a father helped Dudek learn how to properly care for himself and his body.

Dudek spent two seasons with the Warriors and had the privilege of being coached by three former NHL players, Coach Carpenter, Coach Sweeney, and Coach Leech. He says that the expertise of his coaches helped him develop a love and knowledge of the game.

In fact, the jersey number Dudek wears to this day started out during his time as a Warrior. “When I came to the Valley Jr. Warriors Bob Sweeney just threw me a jersey, and I never really had a number that I stuck by but he threw me #15. It wasn’t a number I particularly liked, but I wore it and I wore it for my two years there honestly haven’t changed it since.

That number has since grown to have a deeper connection to his life as the years have gone by. He even wears it on his necklace each day.

Although he was only with the Warriors for two seasons, he says his time here was instrumental in helping him reach the level of hockey he has reached today. The age where he played with the Warriors (peewees and bantams) is a pivotal age where many players either decide to pursue the game more seriously or simply play for fun.

Dudek encourages current Valley Jr. Warrior players to enjoy their time with the program and stay there for as long as they can, “I wish I got started there earlier,” said Dudek.

Dudek shared some tips and pieces of advice to youth players today. “I remember I would be done practice and I would go home and just be shooting in my basement. It should never stop for you at that age, you have so much energy. If it’s fun for you then, it’s going to stay fun for you, you’ll never lose the love for the game. I think the biggest takeaway is: have fun with your time with the Valley Jr. Warriors and just know that it never stops there, work on your craft away from the rink as much as you can.”

Glades 07 Elite Team With 29 Wins

The Glades 07 Elite team has dominated the BHL American North division with 29 wins, 1 loss, and 2 ties in 32 games played. The Glades will begin playoffs on Saturday March 3 for the Semi 1 game at Pilgrim against the Jr. Bruins.

 

2018 Playoff Schedule Released!

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E9 – The Present & Future of College Hockey & the NHL

ELITE 9 HOCKEY LEAGUE – THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF COLLEGE HOCKEY & THE NHL

The Elite 9 (formerly known as the NEHL) has been the road to college hockey and the NHL for countless number of young hockey players in New England and the 2017-18 season is no different with 3 Elite 9 alumni dominating the college hockey landscape both nationally and in Hockey East.  Those players include 3 of the top 7 scorers in Hockey East and the NCAA leading scorer in Adam Gaudette (Boston Advantage), Bobo Carpenter (Valley Jr. Warriors) and Brian Pinho (Valley Jr. Warriors)

Former Boston Advantage star Adam Gaudette has now taken his game to the next level at Northeastern University as he is the #1 scorer in College Hockey with 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points.  This is an impressive follow up to his sophomore campaign in which Gaudette tallied up 52 points.  Thanks to Gaudette’s prolific scoring, the Huskies currently sit in second place in Hockey East and have a date next Monday against divisional rival BU in a battle for the 2018 Beanpot Championship.  Gaudette was an immense talent and leader for 5 seasons with the Boston Advantage and was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2015 NHL draft.   Gaudette is finally getting the national recognition he deserves as he leads all NCAA players in scoring and is currently a top candidate for the Hobey Baker Award.  Gaudette has trained with Boston Advantage/Lovell Hockey since the age of 6 and continues to train and work as an instructor in the offseason with Lovell Hockey.

Valley Jr. Warrior standout Bobo Carpenter played 7 seasons with the Jr. Warriors on a very talented ’96 team which was coached by his father and Boston hockey legend, Bob Carpenter.  Bobo and his team captured multiple E9/NEHL Championships and went on to win the Mass Tier I State Championship as Peewees and advanced to USA Nationals.  Carpenter took his talents to Commonwealth Avenue and is now leading the Boston University Terriers with 16 goals and 27 points, which ranks 5th in Hockey East.  As a Freshman, Carpenter was a member of the 2015 BU squad that captured the Beanpot Championship, Hockey East Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals where they fell just short in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Providence.  Carpenter will now focus on attempting to lead the Terriers to their 31st Beanpot title next Monday versus Northeastern.

Brian Pinho developed into a top college and NHL prospect after playing seven seasons with the Valley Jr. Warrior ’95 team.  Brian enjoyed success as a young Jr. Warrior also capturing the Tier I State Championship as Peewees and representing Massachusetts at USA Nationals.  Brian has continued that winning tradition at Providence College, where his team won the 2015 NCAA Championship.  As a senior and Captain at Providence this season, Brian currently ranks 7th in Hockey East with 11 goals and 26 points and is hoping to lead the Friars to their second NCAA Championship during his time in Providence.  Pinho was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 2013 NHL Draft and also recently named a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, presented to the best American Born College Hockey Player in New England.  Congratulations and best of luck to Bobo and Brian from the Valley Jr. Warriors.