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VJW '96 Elite Standout JD Dudek Returns From Oilers Development Camp

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 JD Dudek Headed For The Big Stage
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 give 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 Bauer tournament 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.”

Current Player Sponsor Advertiser: Commonwealth Motors
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Current Player Sponsor Advertiser: Watermark
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J.D. Dudek At Oilers Development Camp
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Thursday June 28th - J.D. Dudek is a senior on the Boston College men's ice hockey team and has hit the ice for the Edmonton Oilers development camp. He has come to the Oilers organization from New Jersey in the Patrick Maroon trade in February at the NHL trade deadline. Dudek was with the Warriors for a Peewee and Bantam year from 2008-2010.   [More]

Ben Mirageas Named to the U.S. roster for the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase
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Wednesday June 20th - Ben Mirageas a Providence College defenseman and former Valley Jr. Warrior has been named to the initial U.S. roster for the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase. The showcase will run from July 28 – August 4 at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, B.C.   [More]

Chris Kreider Heating Things Up for Team USA
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Monday May 14th - Chris Kreider currently ranks nineteenth in the 2018 IIHF World Championships in scoring leaders with 2 goals and 5 assists in his 6 games played so far with his plus/minus currently at a +5. Kreider, a Boxford, MA native was with the Valley Jr. Warriors for four years from 2004-2008. Team USA is set to take on Finland on Tuesday, May 15 in a preliminary game.   [More]

Cory Schneider Coming Up Big for the Devils
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Monday April 16th - Cory Schneider stopped 34 out of 36 shots Monday night to help keep the New Jersey Devils alive in playoffs bringing the series to a 2-1 Tampa Bay lead. Schneider is a Marblehead, MA native who played for the Warriors back in 2002-2004.   [More]

Alum Bobo Carpenter Hockey East Champ
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Saturday March 17th - Bobo Carpenter secured BU's Hockey East Championship with an empty net goal with 1:22 left in the game. The Terriers shut out Providence College 2-0. Carpenter was with the Warriors for seven seasons from 2006-2010. BU goaltender Max Prawdzik is also a former Jr. Warrior player.   [More]

Alum Noah Hanifin '18 NHL All-Star
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Sunday January 28th - Noah Hanifin represented the Metropolitan Division at the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend. He competed for the Warriors for peewee majors in the 09-10 season, and bantam minors in 2010-11. He lead his VJW ’97 Elite team to the USA Hockey National Championship twice.   [More]

John McCarthy To Represent Team USA
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Vote Pinho & Fitzgerald for Hobey Baker
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Brian Pinho Named Hockey East Player of the Week
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Mike Vecchione With Hot Return
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Thursday December, 28th - Mike Vecchione made his return to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL team Wednesday evening. He came back from his injury flying, scoring in the opening period to give his team a 2-0 lead. Vecchione was with the Warriors as a Peewee back in 2004-05. .  [More]

Brian Pinho Heating things up for Providence
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Friday December, 5th - Brian Pinho brings the heat for Providence College. The former Jr. Warrior is tied for third on the team with 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) and is one of the top two-way performers in Hockey East. Pinho was with the Warriors from squirt minors until U18 Midgets .  [More]

Eric MacAdams Scores First Career Goal
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Friday November, 17th - Eric MacAdams scored in last Friday’s 3-2 loss to BC. It was the first career goal for freshman Eric MacAdams, and gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead at 7:30 of the second period. MacAdams played with the Jr. Warriors from age 11 to age 17. .  [More]

Ben Mirageas Named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week
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Monday November, 6th - Ben Mirageas earns Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. The Newburyport native totaled three goals and two assists in a home-and-home series with UMass, including three power-play strikes for the Friars. Mirageas now leads the NCAA among all freshman defensemen in power-play goals (4) and game-winning goals (2). .  [More]

Max Prawdzik Earns Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week
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Monday November, 6th - Maz Prawdzik earns Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week award. The Andover Mass native made his first NCAA start on Saturday and stopped all 29 shots he faced from #8 New Hampshire to backbone the Terriers to a 4-0 victory. .  [More]

J.D. Dudek Helps BC Snap Losing Streak
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Friday November, 3rd - J.D. Dudek helps Boston College snap four-game losing streak with win over Merrimack. Dudek spent two seasons with the Warriors from 2008-2010. Dudek's goal was a sign of improvement for the Eagles as he was the only forward to score. .  [More]

Mike Vecchione Named AHL Rookie of the Month
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Wednesday November, 1st - Mike Vecchione is named AHL Rookie of the Month. The Saugus MA native is a center for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after playing wing for the Philadelphia Flyers during training camp. Vecchione played for the Jr. Warriors back in 2004-05. .  [More]

Casey Fitzgerald to Captain Boston College
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Thursday October, 5th - Casey Fitzgerald is named Boston College's newest hockey captain. The junior defensemen spent a good portion of his youth hockey career with the Jr. Warriors. From peewees all the way through the U16 Tier 1 level, Fitzgerald sported the Jr. Warrior uniform from 2009 to 2013. .  [More]

Pinho Named Providence College Team Captain
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Monday September, 25th - Brian Pinho has become the 100th captain in Providence College program history. The senior forward is a North Andover, Massachusetts native and played as a valley junior warrior throughout most of his youth hockey career from squirt minors all the way until U18 midgets. .  [More]

Notable VJW Alumni Colin Blackwell makes AHL Debut
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Image Image August 29 - Colin Blackwell Former Valley Jr. Warrior standout Colin Blackwell never anticipated the magnitude of his hockey career. What started out as a simple love for the game, soon developed into major hockey opportunities.  [More]

Kulevich Scores OT Game Winner for Colgate!
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PRINCETON, N.J. – Jake Kulevich (Marblehead, Massachusetts) scored the game-winning goal 6:55 into the first overtime to give the Colgate men's ice hockey team a 3-2 win at Hobey Baker Rink and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three first round series over the Princeton Tigers.

Mike Panowyk (Whitby, Ontario) carried the puck into the offensive zone and dropped off the puck for Jared Cockrell (Byfield, Massachusetts). Cockrell left the puck for Kulevich, who had a wide open lane to the net created by Cockrell and Panowyk to allow Kulevich to backhand home the puck past Princeton goaltender Colton Phinney. [Read More]

Kulevich '93 played his youth career with Warriors from 2004-2011
Pinho's 10th of Season Helps Friars Sweep UMASS
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Saturday March, 4th - Brian Pinho assisted on the goal and added another helper late in the goal for his 16th point in the last 12 games.  [More]

Friday March, 3rd - Brian Pinho notched his career-high 10th goal of the season at the 16:21 mark of the first period on assists from Josh Wilkins and Erik Foley. - With his goal in the first period, Pinho has notched at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games, a stretch where he has posted four goals and 10 assists.  [More]

Brendan Collier Tallies a Goal and 3 Assists Against UCONN
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Saturday March, 4th - Northeastern bolted out to a 1-0 advantage less than five minutes into the game on Collier's second of the weekend. Off a face-off in the attacking zone, Matt Filipe jockeyed for position in the dot, allowing Lincoln Griffin to poke the puck out to Collier at the left side. Collier quickly settled the puck before ripping a wrist shot short side for his fifth of the season.  [More]

Friday March, 3rd - Garret Cockerill gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with a power play goal midway through the opening frame before a Brendan Collier tally with 8:01 to go in the second period extended the Northeastern to two through 40 minutes of play. [More]

INDEX
VJW '96 Elite Standout JD Dudek Returns From Oilers Development Camp
Current Player Sponsor Advertiser: Commonwealth Motors
Current Player Sponsor Advertiser: Watermark
J.D. Dudek At Oilers Development Camp
Ben Mirageas Named to the U.S. roster for the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase
Chris Kreider Heating Things Up for Team USA
Cory Schneider Coming Up Big for the Devils
Alum Bobo Carpenter Hockey East Champ
Alum Noah Hanifin '18 NHL All-Star
John McCarthy To Represent Team USA
Vote Pinho & Fitzgerald for Hobey Baker
Brian Pinho Named Hockey East Player of the Week
Mike Vecchione With Hot Return
Brian Pinho Heating things up for Providence
Eric MacAdams Scores First Career Goal
Ben Mirageas Named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week
Max Prawdzik Earns Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week
J.D. Dudek Helps BC Snap Losing Streak
Mike Vecchione Named AHL Rookie of the Month
Casey Fitzgerald to Captain Boston College
Pinho Named Providence College Team Captain
Notable VJW Alumni Colin Blackwell makes AHL Debut
Kulevich Scores OT Game Winner for Colgate
Pinho's 10th of Season Helps Friars Sweep UMASS
Brendan Collier Tallies a Goal and 3 Assists in Quaterfinals
Vote Jake Kulevich for Hobey Baker Award
Vote Colin White for Hobey Baker Award
Vote Ryan Fitzgerald for Hobey Baker Award
Vote Mike Vecchione for Hobey Baker Award
Bobo Carpenter Posts Two Goals and Assist for Terriers
Vecchione Earns ECAC Weekly Award
VJW Alumni Casey Fitzgerald Drafted by Buffalo Sabres