Valley Jr Warriors Represent Well - Again - at the Annual Beanpot Tournament
It’s almost February… which means that it’s almost Beanpot Tournament time… so that means that it’s almost time to see some of the best former Valley Jr Warriors in action!
Indeed, the 63rd edition of the Beanpot Tournament will kick off on February 3rd (one day later than planned due to Monday's storm) at the TD Garden 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 second year in a row, nearly 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.
It is an astounding figure considering that three of the teams – #2 Boston University, #4 Harvard and #14 Boston College – are ranked in the top 20 nationally and all four received top-20 votes in the most recent USCHO poll.
All four programs feature the nation’s top talent and the Warriors players fit that bill.
In the first semifinal game which features Boston University and Harvard, Colin Blackwell and Devin Tringale of the Crimson will face off against the Terriors’ Nick Roberto.
In the second semifinal game, Noah Hanifin, Ryan Fitzgerald and Brendan Silk will attempt to lead Boston College to a sixth straight title.
Standing in their way will be Northeastern and Husky standouts Brendan Collier, Gus Harms 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
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
The accolades continue to stack up for Fitzgerald, who this past week was named Eagle of the Week after netting his team’s first hat trick of the season against UConn. He now leads the Eagles with 12 goals on the season and is just one tally shy of matching last year's freshman year total. 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.
Noah Hanifin – Boston College
The most highly touted defenseman in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Hanifin
has been projected to be the top blueliner and the third overall pick
in June’s draft. Hanifin, a Norwood native, was part of the VJW’s ’97
Elite team which advanced to the USA Hockey National Championships two
times. He then competed for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2013-14
where he registered 33 points, including eight goals and 25 assists, in
45 games. He most recently took some time away from the Eagles to take
part in the 2015 World Junior Championships.
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.
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. Silk played in 36 games as a freshman and – through 22 games this season – has posted three 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.
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