In the second of a three-part series, the 2015 NHL Draft is shaping up to be a year where American players - and specifically VJW ones - dominate the NHL Draft. It is just another way that the program is helping to put Massachusetts back on the NHL map.
Chris Kreider - who spent his entire youth career with the Valley Jr Warriors - is not just an NHL player anymore... he is transforming into a game changer for the New York Rangers. In just his second game back, Kreider ended his team's 0-for-36 power-play drought.
Thanks in great part to the Valley Jr Warrior program, the next three years of the NHL Entry Draft will feature top New England talent, many of whom are VJW alums. This three-part feature will highlight those impressive players and the role the Warriors played.
Noah Hanifin, who played for the Valley Jr Warriors during his youth years, was one of 22 players named to the roster of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team that will compete at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's Under-18 World Championship.
Although he is just a freshman, Mike Vecchione is already being labeled a superstar. Vecchione came to the Warriors as a Squirt Minor and played all of his youth hockey with the program. Now he is basking in the joy of Union College's first national title.