HARRISBURG, PA — Over 500 players from 36 teams spanning seven U.S. states and Canadian provinces converged in Eastern Pennsylvania this past weekend, battling it out over three days to declare nine OneHockey tournament champions.
All told, teams from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia hit the ice Nov. 2-4 with squads from Ontario at Twin Ponds East in Harrisburg and Twin Ponds West in Mechanicsburg to crown champions in Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, U-16 and U-18 divisions.
OneHockey, among the leaders in organized youth hockey tournaments, nationwide, has enjoyed sweet success in Pennsylvania before and were happy to be back in the Keystone State.
“Hershey was awesome,” Shaun Lund, OneHockey Tournament Director, said. “Twin Ponds East has a very down-home feeling. The third rink at Ponds West was great also. The interviews were going, photos, t-shirts were all very busy. With nine divisions — yes, nine divisions — it was a busy weekend. We had a busy Sunday with all the finals and we delivered amazing ceremonies to all.
“I expect Hershey to continue to grow for years to come,” Lund said.
While champions were being crowned in Pennsylvania, OneHockey was simultaneously hosting an event in Rochester, Minnesota. as well.
“With four Minnesota associations represented it was a success. So many happy faces,” OneHockey CEO Sebastien Fortier said. “Although it was a smaller event we made an incredible impressions. Comments such as, “You guys really know what your doing,” or, “Wow, that was what I call a tournament,” or “Well, back to boring tournaments now that OneHockey is over,” were great.
“Thank you to the Rochester sports commission and arena management and staff,” Fortier added.
HERSHEY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
FINAL — Mercer Chiefs 4, Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles 2
Mite Upper Champions – Mercer Chiefs – Conner Paulmenn, Luca Brunetti
Mites Upper Finalists – Niagara Junior Purple Eagles – Brayden VanEgmond, Cody Schoen
FINAL — Wissahickson-McKee Warriors 6, Frederick Freeze 3
Mite Lower Champions – Wissahickson-McKee – Max Yoder, Nolan Hirshka
Mite Lower Finalists – Frederick Freeze – Jay Vivian, Alex Birzak
FINAL — Montgomery Blue Devils 3, South Pointe Rink Rats 1
Squirt AA Champions – Montgomery Blue Devils Kaya Smulders, RJ Radtke
Squirt AA Finalists – South Pointe Rink Rats – Noah Bennett, Emerson Webster
FINAL — Carolina Eagles 4, North Jersey Avalanche 3
Squirt A Upper Champions – Carolina Eagles – Matthew Chernoff, Italia Kelley
Squirt A Upper Finalist – North Jersey Avalanche – Nicolas Capano, Milo Smith
FINAL — Mercer Chiefs 3, Reston Raiders 0
Squirt A Lower Champions – Mercer Chiefs – Matthew Perry, Michael Buchanan
Squirt A Lower Finalists – Reston Raiders – Kaj Horowitz, Jackson Valentine
FINAL — Stoney Creek Warriors 3, Pineville Falcons 0
Peewee A Champions – Stoney Creek Warriors – Fin Smith, Alessio Menegazzo
Peewee A Finalist – Pineville Falcons – Caden Walters, Cade Thompson
FINAL — New Jersey Jr. Titans 3, PAL Silver Knights 1
Bantam A Champions – NJ Junior Titans – Owen McCaffrey, Alex Marino
Bantam A Finalists – PAL Silver Knights – Ryan Burhart, Jake Mangano
FINAL — Palmyra Black Knights 7, Richmond Generals 2
U16 A Champions – Palmyra Black Knights – Kade Kohler, Logan Myers
U16 A Finalists – Richmond Generals – Ryan Blaszczyk, Robert Leonardo
FINAL — Asburn Selects 4, New Jersey Wildcats 3
U18 A Champions – Ashburn Selects – Anthony Morasco, Michael Peak
U18 A Finalists – NJ Wildcats Glenn Puzo, Brendan Convery
ROCHESTER TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
FINAL — Rochester Youth VFW 5, Farmington Tigers 4
Bantam A Champions – Rochester Youth VFW
Bantam A Finalists – Farmington Tigers
FINAL — Rochester Youth Red 4, St. Peter’s Spirit 3
Bantam B Champions – Rochester Youth Red
Bantam B Finalists St. Peter’s Spirit
FINAL — Rochester Youth Red 3, Kirkwood Stars 2
Peewee A Champions – Rochester Youth Red
Peewee A Finalist – Kirkwood Stars
FINAL — Kansas City Mavericks 3, Dubuque Jr. Saints 0
Peewee B Champions – KC Mavs
Peewee B Dubuque Jr. Saints
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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Main Image: OneHockey Hershey Squirt AA Tournament Champions, Montgomery Blue Devils. (Photo courtesy of OneHockey)
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