Meriden, NH- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins are proud to congratulate Conner Chalmers on his commitment to the University of Maine.
The Windham, NH, native will join the Black Bears following a stint with the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League and is the fourth player from the 18U’s to make an NCAA Division One commitment.
Chalmers took the rare step of arriving at Kimball Union Academy as a freshman and played nineteen games on the varsity team, registering two goals and two assists.
“I had a few options going into my first year,” he recalled, “and I knew KUA was one of the schools I wanted to play for. Coach [Tim] Whitehead had seen me play and told me that I had a good chance to play varsity right away. I took a chance and went up there and I haven’t regretted it.”
Chalmers returned to Kimball Union for his sophomore season after playing in the fall for EHF Selects league rival Top Gun and helped lead the Wildcats to another NEPSAC Elite 8 berth. His junior season, however, was nearly entirely wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Coach Whitehead was by far the best coach I ever had,” he noted, “but I grew to appreciate him even more during the pandemic season. He was able to schedule games for us when everything shut down and had us on the ice every day. The practices had to fit the school’s guidelines, but he made them work, and they helped all of us improve even though we weren’t playing very often.”
Once pandemic restrictions were lifted, Chalmers began his senior season with the Bruins along with many of his Kimball Union teammates and netted four goals and ten assists (14 total points) in 20 games.
“It was such an awesome experience,” he said. “We had a great group of guys on the team and I had so much fun with all of it, even the drive down every weekend. It was long, but I was in the car with five of my best friends and we made the most of it.
“Coach Whitehead helped us prepare for it a lot. We’d have a team meal and meeting before the drive and that helped us get prepared for the game even before the drive. It also helped with time management, because we took a long time out of our weekends to play for GBL, and we still had all our other obligations that we had to fulfill,” he continued.
“Playing for GBL also made me better at building relationships. Obviously, I knew the KUA guys and I knew a few of the other players, but there were a lot of new faces and we all came together very quickly. We connected well and it helped us become a team.”
Naturally, Chalmers is excited to play his first game as a Black Bear.
“When I visited Maine, I walked around Alfond Arena and knew right away that I wanted to call that place home,” he said. “Coach [Ben] Barr really wants to bring Maine back to the top of Hockey East and he has brought in a lot of people who will help him reach that goal. I’m honored to be a part of it. Also, [GBL teammate] Brock James will be my teammate again. We haven’t talked about it yet, but I’d like to be his roommate.
“Finally, I want my family and all my coaches to know how thankful I am for all their help and sacrifice. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them,” he stated.
Congratulations to Conner and the Chalmers family.
Dorchester, MA- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins congratulate 18-and-under co-captains Jaiden Moriello and Duncan Ramsay on their appearances in the 2022 Neutral Zone Prep Awards, bestowed upon the top players in the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council.
Moriello was selected as Neutral Zone’s Offensive Player of the Year as the NEPSAC’s leading goal scorer with 32 on the season and was the runner-up for Player of the Year. The Saugus, MA, native boasts impressive size and strength that helps him win battles for the puck and he continued his torrid scoring pace from the fall season, which saw him average nearly two points per game. He is committed to attend UMASS-Lowell after playing next year in the BCHL.
Ramsay, a native of Halifax, NS, had received consideration for the Defensive Player of the Year award due to his stellar play at Kimball Union. The Vermont recruit demonstrated his ability as a playmaker and a spark plug on the power play throughout the season and possesses a long reach that stifled multiple scoring chances throughout the fall and the prep season.
Both players are major reasons why Kimball Union won the Lakes Region title and enter the NEPSAC Elite 8 tournament with the top overall seed.
Dorchester, MA- The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins are proud to announce tryouts for the 2022 fall midget hockey season. There will be two teams this season, one in the 16-and under age group and the other in the 18-and-under age group. Both teams will be eligible for the 2023 USA Hockey National Championship.
Tryout dates are as follows:
Thursday – April 14th @ Canton Sports Plex - Canton, MA.
Players who were registered with Mass Hockey or USA Hockey last season are eligible for these Tryouts. Players may only be on one National Bound roster.
Registration will begin one hour before the scheduled tryout time. The fee is $60 cash or checks payable to GBL Boston Jr. Bruins. Register as age eligible 2004- 2007.
Players eligible must have a date of birth from 2004 – 2007 for tryouts.
The GBL Boston Jr. Bruins play in the Eastern Alliance Kickoff, Junior Bruins Shootout, Columbus Day Showcase as well as the Fall Beantown Classic with top ranked teams. All teams will be participating in the very competitive EHF - Select Tier 1 League as well and the Mass Hockey National Bound State Tournament.
Travel and hotel costs during the season are out of pocket.
If you have any questions, please contact Pat Bohan at 617-908-0662 - email Pat1655@Verizon.net.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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