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MORIELLO COMMITS TO LOWELL
by posted 01/14/2022


Meriden, NH- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins are proud to announce the commitment of forward Jaiden Moriello to UMASS-Lowell. The Kimball Union Academy senior is will matriculate at Lowell in either the fall of 2022 or 2023.
 
“It’s amazing to know that I’ll be playing college hockey,” said Moriello. “It’s even better to be close to home. I’ve been away for the past three years and I’m not sure if I’ll have to play a year of junior hockey, but if I do, it’ll probably be out West. To be able to play at such a high level and have my family watch a lot of my games will be unbelievable.”
 
“Coach [Norm] Bazin was the biggest factor in getting me to commit to Lowell. [Kimball Union Head] Coach Tim Whitehead told me a lot of great things about him. After my visit, I got to really love the school and from what I’ve seen, I think Coach Bazin’s style and the way he runs the team suit me very well. I couldn’t be more excited to become a River Hawk.”
 
Moriello, a native of Saugus, MA, started climbing the ladder to college hockey back in 2016, when he enrolled at St. Mary’s High School in nearby Lynn as an eighth grader.
 
“St. Mary’s had the middle school and high school on the same campus, so I was eligible to play for the varsity team, which was one of my original goals,” he recalled. “I actually played a game for the varsity in eighth grade, and when I was a freshman, I played the whole season and won the State Championship.”
 
From there, he moved on to the Junior Bruins full-season 16-and-under team as a sophomore.
 
“I had planned on playing my sophomore year for St. Mary’s, but Coach [Topher] Bevis convinced me to play for him,” he said. “I think we played 75 games that year. It was a lot of travel, but it helped mold me into the player I am today and get me ready for the jump to prep school hockey. We had a lot of great players on that team; I know I won’t be the only one playing in college from that roster.”
 
In the 2019-20 season, Moriello again found himself a new home, this time at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH. While he looked to continue his development, his plans were set back by a broken leg.
 
“It was tough,” he stated. “I scored my first goal in my first game, the next game I had a hat trick, and in the fifth game of the season, I broke my leg and was out for the year.
 
“I was fortunate the way it turned out,” he continued. “Obviously, I wish it never happened, but it really helped motivate me to come back and keep playing. Even though I wasn’t on the ice, it gave me another goal to work toward, and it made me appreciate going to practice every day and playing after I recovered.”
 
The 2020-21 season through another stumbling block in Moriello’s path in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“We only played six games all season,” he noted, “and I think we only played two other schools, but Coach Whitehead runs great practices and he made sure we were developing even though we barely played.”
 
The most recent year finally gave Moriello the opportunity to not only play a full season with Kimball Union, but also the fall season for the GBL Bruins. While several of his Wildcats teammates joined him, he quickly had to bond with players from seven other schools.
 
“It’s definitely a strange experience, going into a locker room with a bunch of guys who I’ve never seen before and immediately having to gel with them,” he said, “but it’s really one of the great things about hockey. I’ve done it hundreds of times before.
 
“I was really impressed with how close the team was,” he stated. “Everyone competed for each other right from the opening weekend. [Head Coach] Bret Tyler and [team owner] Pat Bohan helped us come together right away.”
 
Moriello was named one of the team captains and lived up to his billing, rallying the team before every game and lighting up the scoresheet every weekend. In twenty games, he netted 22 goals and 17 assists (39 total points.)
 
“I played on a couple half-season teams, but none of them compared to GBL,” he noted. “We played a tough schedule against some really great teams and it really helped us get in shape for the prep season. Coach Tyler played for Coach Whitehead before and knows what he expects, so there were no off days. We had some tough losses, but we also had some amazing wins.”
 
Despite the lengthy drive from Meriden to Dorchester, Moriello saw only positives in the situation.
 
“It was a great opportunity to get off campus with some of my KUA teammates. It was really difficult, but we looked forward to playing for GBL every weekend.
 
“I’m so thankful that I got the chance to play for the GBL Bruins. I can’t thank Pat Bohan, Bret Tyler, and Dan McGoff enough for everything they did for me.”
 
Congratulations to Jaiden and the Moriello family!
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ALUMNI UPDATE: WARSOFSKY NAMED TO US OLYMPIC TEAM
by posted 01/13/2022


Colorado Springs, CO- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins offer our congratulations to former player David Warsofsky, who was named to Team USA for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
 
The Marshfield, MA, native played for GBL while attending Cushing Academy and was a member of the 18-and-under team that won the 2006 USA Hockey National Championship.
 
Warsofsky, currently playing for ERC Ingolstadt in the German Elite League, first represented the United States when he played for the National Team Development Program in the 2007-08 season and was a member of the team that won the bronze medal at the 2008 IIHF U18 World Championships. Following the season, he was selected with the 95th overall pick by the St. Louis Blues in the NHL Draft.
 
After his time with the NTDP, he played for three years at Boston University, winning a national championship as a freshman. During his sophomore year, he again represented the USA, this time at the Under-20 level and took home a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships.
 
Warsofsky played his junior year with the Terriers and had his rights traded to Boston Bruins, who signed him in the spring of 2011. He played two seasons with the AHL’s Providence Bruins before making his NHL debut on December 19, 2013.
 
In 2016, while a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, Warsofsky also skated for Team USA in the IIHF World Championships in Russia, culminating in a fourth-place finish.
 
After playing in the Penguins and Colorado Avalanche organizations, he signed with ERC Ingolstadt and has three goals and 13 assists (16 points) in 31 games.
 
Two former GBL Bruins, Chris Bourque and Broc Little, skated for the 2018 US Olympic Team in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
 
Congratulations and best of luck to David Warsofsky!
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BROCK JAMES COMMITS TO MAINE
by posted 01/03/2022


Falmouth, ME- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins organization is proud to announce the commitment of two-year player Brock James to the University of Maine. The Northfield Mt. Hermon School junior is expected to arrive in Orono in 2024.
 
James’ introduction to the GBL organization came in the 2020-21 season while studying at Berwick Academy.
 
“Originally, [18-and-under Head Coach] Bret Tyler had reached out to my father about my older brother playing for the 18U team in the fall of 2020,” he recalled. “He and [team owner] Pat Bohan spoke to my parents and we were getting ready for him to join the team, but COVID had ended that.
 
“Later, Pat had gotten me in touch with [16-and-under Head Coach] Brendan Collier and that opened the door for me,” he continued. “I had asked [former teammates at Berwick and GBL alumni] Tyler Gaulin and Chris Dowd what they thought of the team and they were quick to recommend it.”
 
Although the pandemic had limited Berwick to a handful of games, James made the trip every weekend to suit up for the Bruins 16U team.
 
“The drive between school and the rink every weekend made me understand how committed my family was to me and I realized the level of commitment I needed to make to excel in school and in hockey,” James noted. “It also taught me how to manage my time and meet my obligations to both Berwick Academy for academics and the GBL Bruins.”
 
In the summer of 2021, James transferred to the Northfield Mt. Hermon School and played the fall season with the Bruins 18U team along with several of his classmates.
 
“I really enjoyed my time at Berwick Academy and I can’t say enough great things about the school and my coaches, but I felt like it was time to make a change both athletically and academically,” he stated.
 
“Playing at the 18U level was a great experience. It was a big confidence booster to play against some of the top players in the region and I know that the games had a lot of scouts watching. Also, being able to play for a team like GBL helped me develop chemistry with my teammates from NMH and it forced all of us to gel with kids we’d barely known in a short period of time.
 
“Both the 16U and 18U teams had great chemistry and it didn’t matter where anyone went to school. We were all GBL Bruins and we wanted to help each other win.”
 
James hit the ground running with GBL and continued his strong play into Northfield Mt. Hermon’s season, and when the offer from Maine was made, he jumped at the chance to become a Black Bear.
 
“I really like what [first year Head] Coach [Ben] Barr has done in such a short time at Maine,” James said. “It’s great to see Maine Hockey on its way back up and having grown up in Maine, I couldn’t pass this up. I grew up going to Alfond Arena and there was no better place to watch a game. It’s an unbeatable atmosphere and it’s a dream come true to play for them.
 
“I can’t thank enough what my coaches at GBL, Northfield Mt. Hermon, and Berwick Academy have done for me. None of this would have happened without them.”
 
Congratulations to Brock and the James family on this tremendous accomplishment.
 
Photo credit: Northfield Mt. Hermon School
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18U’S DROP HEARTBREAKER TO LITTLE BRUINS
by posted 11/12/2021


Marlborough, MA- Jaiden Moriello had a hat trick and Brock James contributed two points, but the GBL Boston Jr. Bruins 18-and-under team dropped a heartbreaker 6-5 in the 2021 Massachusetts Hockey State Tournament.
 
The Little Bruins took advantage of a power play to take an early lead with 13:06 left in the first period and made it 2-0 with 7:33 on the clock.
 
Moriello cut the deficit in half when he took a pass from Brock James in the right circle and fired it home with 3:56 remaining in the period.
 
Moriello scored again 1:12 into the second when Jack DesRuisseaux set him up in front of the net and he shot through traffic to tie the game.
 
The Little Bruins retook the lead with 14:26 to go in the second and got another one forty-eight seconds later to go up by two.
 
Moriello completed the hat trick when he scored from Josh Felton with 11:32 left in the period.
 
The Little Bruins responded by scoring with 8:06 remaining in the second to go up 5-3.
 
Brock James pulled the 18U’s within one when Moriello sent him down the right wing and he sniped the puck in the top corner thirty seconds before the buzzer.
 
Maverick Chedel tied the game with a bar-down shot from the top of the right circle with 12:45 remaining.
 
The game looked like it would head to overtime, but the Little Bruins tallied with 44 second left in regulation.
 
The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins wish our 18U team the best of luck in the upcoming scholastic season.
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16U’S STIFLE NEW JERSEY COLONIALS
by posted 10/31/2021


Marlborough, MA- Four different players scored goals and Troy Huber had an excellent game in net as the GBL Boston Jr. Bruins 16-and-under team rolled to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Colonials on Sunday afternoon.
 
The Colonials stuck first with a power play goal midway through the first half.
 
Aidan MacDonald tied the game with 5:26 left in the opening half when he scored from Travis Rugg.
 
Magzhan Sagadiev put the 16U’s up 2-1 less than thirty seconds later.
 
A power play goal by Jack O’Neil with 8:54 to go made it 3-1 in favor of the 16U’s.
 
Matt Cox accounted for the final score when he lit the lamp with 1:33 remaining.
 
“I think we took a little bit of time to come together this season, but after tying the [Cape Cod] Whalers last weekend, we wanted to keep the ball rolling,” stated Jack O’Neil. “We felt it yesterday against the Islanders even though the scoresheet didn’t show it, and we came to play today with a lot of momentum.
 
“We all bought in today and I think that was the difference between winning like we did today and keeping it close like in the last couple of games,” he continued. “Yesterday, we let the Islanders come back too much and we didn’t want to make the same mistakes today.”
 
The 16U’s will return on Saturday against the Boston Jr. Eagles at the Devine Memorial Rink in Dorchester at 7:30 PM.
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16U’S SKATE PAST ISLANDERS HOCKEY CLUB
by posted 10/30/2021


Marlborough, MA- Travis Rugg scored twice and Magzhan Sagadiev contributed three assists to lead the GBL Boston Jr. Bruins 16-and-under team to a 5-4 victory over the Islanders Hockey Club on Saturday night.
 
The 16U’s got on the board first with a power play goal when Sagadiev sent a pass back to Paul Santosuosso, who fired it past the Islanders goalie with 17:57.
 
Aidan MacDonald made it 2-0 when Sagadiev fed him across the slot and he blasted the puck into the net with 9:32 to go in the half.
 
The Islanders responded 15 seconds later and cut the lead to one.
 
Two more goals by the Islanders, one with 7:32 left in the half and another with 6:09 on the clock, put the 16U’s down 3-2 at the half.
 
James Mackey tied the game when he picked off a clearing attempt and sailed the puck past the Islanders goalie with 19:59 left.
 
Once again, the Islanders struck back just over a minute later and retook the lead.
 
Rugg bagged his first goal of the game when he knocked home a shot by Sagadiev with 9:14 remaining to tie the game at 4.
 
Rugg gave the 16U’s the lead with 3:07 to go when he took a pass from Mike McLaughlin, wheeled around the offensive zone, and shot the puck top-shelf.
 
The Islanders pulled the goalie with 1:24 remaining but the 16U’s clamped down and skated off with the win.
 
“I thought that we had played well all game, so when they went ahead, [Coach] Brendan [Collier] told us that we just have to bear down and stop playing for ourselves and play as a team,” said Rugg. “I think that’s what we did at the end and we got the much-needed win.
 
“We’re very happy with that win. There’s no question that we’ve started to really come together in the last few weeks,” he continued. “We don’t have much time in the fall season, but we’ve been playing well and we know what it takes to get the results that we’ve been working for.”
 
The 16U’s return to action tomorrow when they face the New Jersey Colonials at 12:00 PM at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough.
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18U’S TAKE DOWN WHALERS
by posted 10/24/2021


Dorchester, MA- Jaiden Moriello scored four goals and added an assist to lead the GBL Boston Jr. Bruins to a 6-3 win over the Cape Cod Whalers on Sunday afternoon.
 
Peter Unger gave the 18U’s an early lead when Jack DesRuisseaux set up James Hooley at the point. Hooley ripped a shot and Unger tipped it in 2:18 into the game.
 
The Whalers tied the game with 13:29 left in the opening period, but forty seconds later, Will Blackburn and Brock James won a faceoff and sent the puck to Moriello, who restored the lead.
 
Blackburn put the 18U’s up 3-1 when Moriello fed James in the left corner. James then sent a pass to Blackburn at the top of the slot and his shot eluded the Whalers goaltender with 9:26 to go in the frame.
 
The Whalers were able to close the gap to one with 26 seconds left in the period.
 
The Whalers tied the game 1:51 into the second period, but after that, it was all Bruins. Moriello bagged his second of the game with assists from Blackburn and James with 10:52 to go in the frame.
 
Moriello completed the hat trick with 19 seconds to go in the period when Blackburn and Conner Chalmers set him up in the left circle and he lit the lamp.
 
The Whalers pulled their goalie with 1:40 left in the game, but Bruins goaltender A.J. Finta fended off the attack and Brendan Coughlin cleared the puck out of the zone. Moriello than scored an empty net goal with eight seconds left.
 
“The boys are really excited after this weekend,” noted Will Blackburn. “We’re finally coming together as a team. We’ve been playing together for a while now and we’ve really started to develop some chemistry, so we’re bringing a lot more energy.
 
“We’ve had a lot of injuries, but the guys who are out are still coming to the games and supporting us, so we’re playing for them as much as we are for each other,” he continued. “We’re going strong right now with two big wins this weekend. I think we just have to keep it up and build on it. We have some pretty big expectations based on what we’ve done so far, but we’re ready for it.”
 
The 18U’s return to action next week at the Beantown Fall Classic.
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A Tradition of Success- Boston Jr. Bruin Alum David Warsofsky
by Jr Bruins posted 02/19/2014


Jr Bruins alum David Warsofsky at home again in a Bruins sweater.
The Boston Jr. Bruins have experienced unparalleled success as a program, winning a number of State Championships as well as USA Hockey National Championships.  Many of our players have been able to build upon the success they have achieved as members of the Jr Bruins organization and take their talents to the next level.  Do you have what it takes to continue the tradition?  Join us and you will find out.
  

A Tradition of Success
College Alumni  (Last 10 years)

Kevin Hayes- Boston College
Matt Greene- Boston College
Joe Whitney- Boston College
Brian O'Hanley- Boston College
Justin Greene- Boston College
Ryan Fitzgerald- Boston College
Chris Bourque- Boston University
Boomer Ewing- Boston University
David Warsofsky- Boston University
Dan McGoff- Boston University
Steve Smolinsky- Boston University
Brendan Collier- Boston University
Robbie Baillargeon- Boston University
Malcolm Hayes- University of Maine
Billy Ryan- University of Maine
Richey Boyd- University of New Hampshire
Brad Malone- University of North Dakota
Alex Killorn- Harvard University
Patrick McNally- Harvard University
Alex berry- University of Massachusetts Amherst
Cory Quirk- University of Massachusetts Amherst
Richard Bachman- Colorado College
Sam Marotta- Merrimack College
R.J. Boyd- Michigan State
Broc Little- Yale University
Torin Snydeman- Northeastern University
Brendan Corcoran- Colgate University
Mark Goggin- Dartmouth
Nick Lovejoy- Dartmouth
Branden Komm- Bentley University
Pierce Norton- Providence College
Mike Wolff- Brown University
T.J. Massie- University of Massachusetts Lowell
Matt White- University of Nebraska-Omaha
Mike Conderman- Niagara University
Ryan Driscoll- Holy Cross
Mike Vecchione- Union College
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