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Reading Bantams Tame the Avalanche in Vermont

The Reading Youth Hockey Bantam 3 Team traveled to Jay Peak Resort in Vermont over the weekend of January 23rd-25th to play in the 5th Annual Green Mountain Avalanche Hockey Tournament. The talented squad took on Waltham, Worcester Jr. Sharks, and Duxbury.

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Belmont & Its Peewee Teams Riding Winning Ways

The Belmont Youth Hockey Program has four of its peewee teams in the VHL this season and they are having a great time thus far. The Belmont "A1" squad is 3-0-3 dating back to early December, and the Belmont "AAA" team is riding a three-game winning streak. Highlights from the week ending on January 4th are now available.

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Needham Peewees Sweep at Clipper Classic

The Needham Youth Hockey PW3 Team took home the gold this weekend during Falmouth Youth Hockey's Clipper Classic. The team finished the tournament undefeated as they knocked off the Taunton Brewins, Falmouth Clippers and the North Attleboro Devils. Needham PW3's scored 17 goals while allowing only 2 in a total of four games

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Undefeated and Enjoying Great League Play

Two peewee teams - Winchester "AAA" & Arlington "A" - and three squirt squads - South Boston "AAA", Acton-Boxboro "AA2" & Melrose "AA2" - are still undefeated in league play. They are five of so many VHL teams providing highlights in the latest installment of weekly roundups from the week ending on December 28th.

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Valley Hockey League Programs Continue to Set the Stage For Hockey's Greatest Players

2006-2007 Nashoba Youth Hockey Squirt 1 Team Featuring MVP Jack Eichel & Special Guest Reggie Lemelin
The Valley Hockey League has not only created opportunities for thousands of youth to play hockey, but it has also been a breeding ground for the best hockey players in the world.

This past week, the 2015 NHL Draft Central Scouting Service midterm rankings were released and the top name on that list was Jack Eichel. The North Chelmsford product is rated as a top prospect, who is expected to be the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

He is currently a star player for Boston University and is coming off a stellar performance at last month’s World Junior Championship where he served as team captain.

Noah Hanifin is another local star projected to be drafted third overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Hanifin grew up in Norwood and went on to thrive both in youth circles, in high school and as part of a two-time Massachusetts State Champion Valley Junior Warriors team.

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Ryan Fitzgerald & Mike Vecchione Nominated for the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award

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When the list of Hobey Baker Memorial Trophy finalists were announced, it was no surprise that two local products and Valley Jr Warrior alums were among the nation’s best.

Ryan Fitzgerald
(Boston College) and Mike Vecchione (Union) have been nominated for the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award and you can help them earn college hockey's top honor by voting online through March 8.

CLICK HERE to cast your vote for these outstanding VJW alums!!!

Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting opened on Wednesday, January 7.

Fitzgerald, a sophomore standout for the Eagles, played for the VJW Junior A squad and earned EJHL Rookie of the Year honors. He was also a two-time Massachusetts Super 8 Tournament Champion at Malden Catholic.

Vecchione epitomizes what the VJW development philosophy is all about. After all, he came to the Warriors as a Squirt Minor and played all of his youth hockey with the program! He now centers Union College's top line and helped lead his Dutchmen team its first NCAA Championship title during the 2013-14 season.

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mike_lynch_1.jpg SHE NEVER GAVE UP
Back on November 11, I wrote a piece for this space applauding the courage of Nashoba Regional HS sophomore Michelle Farnsworth, who missed last fall's field hockey season, while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer. Sadly Michelle lost her battle on January 13th of this year. Read More

Matt LaCroix, Everett/Revere

Gage Tarbox-Belanger, Maine Academy AAA

Marco Santagati, Belmont AAA

James Peterson, Acton-Boxboro AAA

M. Murphy, Reading