Walpole, Mass. -- The Boston Jr. Eagles, coached by John Joyce and Marty McInnis, will represent Massachusetts at the 2015-16 USA Hockey 14U National Championships in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Jr. Eagles outscored their opponents, 30-2, over the course of the five games at the Rodman Arena. There was little doubt who the best team in the tournament was.
In Sunday's championship game, the Jr. Eagles made quick work of the Valley Junior Warriors, cruising to a 6-0 shutout victory. The Jr. Eagles were clearly the better and more skilled team. The chemistry, passing and cohesion displayed by the top two lines was impressive.
Left defenseman Jayden Struble is a name to look out for in the recruiting battles over the next few years. It might sound absurd, but '01s are already being recruited. Vermont has already landed a verbal commitment from an '02. Struble, a former Little League World Series participant with the team from Cumberland, RI, stood out as the top prospect. He has good size, skates well and moves the puck with precision. He's one of the best '01s in the U.S. and will be a highly coveted recruit.
Other standouts for the Jr. Eagles included forwards Chase McInnis, Jack Cronin, Matt Boldy and Connor Joyce; defensemen Eamon Doheny, Devlin McCool and Pierce Kenney; and goaltender Henrey Wilder.
McInnis is obviously the younger brother of BC commit Luke and son of Marty, a former player and current volunteer assistant at BC as well as an NHL veteran. His offensive skill set is evident as is his ability to think the game and make plays with the puck.
Cronin had real good hands and made some nice moves in traffic. McCool and Doheney were both strong in their own end on the defensive side of the game.
The Jr. Eagles will be one of the top contenders to take home the national championship in Anchorage. Nationals are set for March 31-April 4 this year.