Over 3,800 players from 218 teams played on 13 rinks spanning 20 sheets of ice across New England as part of Legacy Global Hockey’s Kennedy Memorial Tournament January 12-15.
Youth hockey teams from Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont and Virginia as well as a team from Finland were on hand as champions in 15 different divisions were crowned.
“The 2018 Kennedy Memorial Hockey Tournament was a huge success,” Legacy Global Sports’ General Manager of Hockey on the East Coast Mitchell Larnerd said. “It was the biggest event with 218 teams and also the most competitive since LGS has been involved. There were 15 division played in three states. The teams all played hard and it’s great to see all the smiles on the kids faces leaving the rinks after each game. We are looking forward to making next year even better!”
Participating rinks include: Rhode Island Sports Center, Levy Ice Rink, Cranston, Dennis M. Lynch Arena, Smithfield Ice Rink, Warwick Civic Center, Foxboro, Rodman, The Rinks at Exeter, Haverhill, Boss Arena at URI, West Warwick and the New England Sports Village.
Kennedy Memorial Hockey Tournament Championship Recaps
Connecticut Blue Crabs 10, Spartans 0 (2010 Elite)
Landon Roe and Hayes Minter each registered three goals and two assists to send the Blue Crabs on to victory in the championship bout of the 2010 Elite Legacy Global Kennedy Memorial tournament. Ty Sullivan, Derek Johnsen, Matty Coccaro and Chris Conklin also found the back of the net for Connecticut, which broke open a 3-0 game after one with five goals in the second period.
Philadelphia Sting 5, Connecticut Blue Crabs 0 (2009 Elite)
Caine Bickel scored three goals — two shorthanded — to power the Sting to its 2009 Elite tournament title. Matthew Kealey and Ahkil Pillal also hit for Philadelphia, which snapped a scoreless tie with three goals in the second period. Grady Reilly picked up an assist on one of the Sting’ goals.
Seacoast Spartans 3, Providence Caps 2 (2008 Elite)
Jamie Glance’s goal, assisted by Cameron Clark and Garrit Turcotte with 2:02 left in the third period, snapped the tie and sent Seacoast on to the 2008 Elite tournament title. Danick St. Pierre and Noah Boldue gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead, but Caleb Romph scored twice, unassisted, in the third period to tie it.
Ashburn Extreme 3, Assabet Valley 2 (2007 Elite)
Zachary Greenlund’s goal, an unassisted effort with 8:57 remaining in regulation, proved to be the game-winning goal as Asburn edged Assabet Valley in the championship bout of the 2007 Elite tournament. Parker Judson and Ty Brandenburg also connected for the Extreme. Kyle Nahabedian scored with 1:27 left to draw Assabet Valley to within one. Harry Lavoie also hit for Assabet Valley.
Top Gun 5, South Shore Kings 2 (2006 Elite)
Jeremy Insigna scored twice and Michael Maloney added a goal and an assist to lead Top Gun to the 2006 Elite tournament title. After Maloney gave Top Gun a 1-0 lead 6:54 into the game, Tejas Prakash set up their second goal 3:23 later. Insigna scored 26 second off the ensuing face-off to send Top Gun into the first intermission up 3-0. Dane Holske and Antonio Lombari hit for the Kings.
Providence Capitals 4, North Stars 0 (2005 Elite)
Nicholas Regine had a hat trick and Mertz picked up a pair of assists to led Providence to the 2005 Elite title. Lehary opened the scoring for Providence in the second period. Regine scored twice in the third, completing his hat trick with 7:31 left assisted by Mertz and Magee.
Kal PA 4, Seacoast Spartans 1 (2004 Elite)
Topias Hynninen, Tuomas Hynninen and Iasai Pesonen each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Kap Pa of Finland to a 4-1 triumph over the Spartans in the 2004 Elite Tournament title bout. Eetu Levanen also found the back of the net for Kal PA. Jordan Bezio scored for Seacoast, assisted by Bryce Terry.
Connecticut Roughriders 2, Ashburn Extreme 1 (2003 Elite)
Max Maisano’s goal, assisted by Earl Gretzinger with 2:32 left in the second period, lifted Connecticut to victory in the 2003 Elite Championship game. Sean Dunn gave Ashburn a 1-0 lead in the first period, assisted by Owen Calderone, but Daniel McKieman tied it at one for the Roughriders 5:52 into the second frame before Maisano delivered the game-winning goal.
Long Island Express 8, Syracuse Nats 0 (2009 AAA)
Aleksey Kulemin accounted for four goals and an assist to lead the Express to the Legacy Global Kennedy Memorial 2009 tournament title. Santiago Barreto added a goal and an assist and Aidan Landrigan, Chris Mohr and Colin Kurtzman also found the back of the net for Long Island.
Westchester Vipers 5, North Stars 2 (2008 AAA)
Five different players lit the lamp for Westchester en route to its triumph over the North Stars in the 2008 AAA championship. Aidan Dzubak, Brendan Asta, Christian Casazza, Sean Foley and Thaddeus Kromelis connected for Westchester. Ryan Flynn and Thomas Chamberlain hit for the North Stars.
Darien 3, Springfield Rifles 1 (2007 AAA)
Jack Marisca collected a goal and an assist and Gardiner Ely scored a power-play goal to lift Darien to the 2007 AAA tournament title. Matthew Fry also found the back of the net for Darien, which scored twice in the third period to pull out the victory. Marisca’s unassisted goal 22 seconds into the final frame proved decisive. Kiril Tikhonov scored for the Rifles.
Manchester Flames 3, Westchester Express 1 (2006 AAA)
Elliot Groenewold tied the game at one with a shorthanded goal at 5:43 of the first period before giving his team the lead for good 8:08 into the third as Manchester proved victorious in the championship bout of the 2006 AAA tournament. Drew Hemenway capped the scoring with 14 seconds left for the Flames. Rowan Glanville gave Westchester a 1-0 lead, assisted by Coin Carey.
Woonsocket 4, Central Mass Outlaws 0 (2005 AAA)
Logan Marchard and Cole Viera scored in the first period and Riley Brown and Will Kryzak connected in the third to lead Woonsocket to the 2005 AAA title. Jack LaRose picked up an assist on Kryzak’s goal, which came with 5:52 remaining in regulation.
Rochester Youth Hockey Coalition 5, MM Flames 1 (2004 AAA)
Michael Valent and Vincent Dirisio each scored twice while Liam Forsyth dished out a pair of assists to propel the Rochester Youth Hockey Coalition to the 2004 AAA tournament title.
Montgomery Youth Hockey Association 4, East Coast Wizards 2 (2003 AAA)
Oscar Smink collected two goals and an assist to power Montgomery to the 2003 AAA tournament title. Trevor Gutmann scored a power-play goal and Sam Parsons also hit for MYHA. Davis Lambert accounted for both goals for the Wizards.
Main Image: The Long Island Express, 2009 AAA Legacy Global Sports Kennedy Memorial Tournament Champions. (Photo courtesy of Legacy Global Sports)
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