Hockey Team Will
Shave Heads For Kids With Cancer
Players from the Minuteman Flames 2001 AAA Hockey Team are taking some time off the ice to participate in the upcoming One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off, an event to raise money for children and their families fighting pediatric cancer.
The talented group of 11-year-olds, who also won the 2012 EHF AAA Championship in March, will travel to Gillette Stadium on Sunday, June 3 to shave their heads and donate to the Locks of Love charity.
The select group from the Eastern Hockey Federation is led by head coach and former NHL San Jose Shark's player Kevin Sullivan, Team Manager Peter Boyd, and assistant coaches Paul Carpenter, Dave Sloan and Brian Jefferies. They play teams across Massachusetts including Boston and Springfield, Connecticut and as far as Toronto, Canada.
"It's a huge commitment," Assistant Coach Paul Carpenter of Auburn said.
Typically, from September to March, players practice for 90 minutes, twice a week at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough in addition to weekend games and hockey clinics.
According to Team Manager Peter Boyd of Auburn, the team, coaches and management decided the Cancer Buzz Off would be a great way to teach the boys a valuable lesson during the off-season.
"This supports pediatric cancer. We thought the kids could relate to that - supporting other children," Boyd said. "We've had families on our team directly affected by cancer. So this means a lot to these families. The kids have really stepped up - there has been no complaining."
Since April, the team has raised over $6,000 in donations. The young players have also dug deep into their own pockets to contribute including Boyd's son, Jack, who donated $100 from his own personal savings.
According to Boyd, this is the first year the team has participated in the Kid's Cancer Buzz Off, but hopefully not the last.
"We only had a month to fundraise but we're trying to find something that we can support every year," Boyd said. "We have a great group of people. It starts with the head coach and his philosophy - teaching the boys to become men on the ice but also off the ice. That has been a tone set from day one."
Anyone who would like to donate to the One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off, should visit The Flames 2001 Fundraising page. All proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital Boston and the vital programs and services they provide to help kids beat cancer.
Team players include Jack Boyd and Cam Carpenter of Auburn; Danny Holloway of Shrewsbury; Vinny Pascale and Casey Sullivan of Westborough; Matt Mahan of Worcester; Tim Farley of Paxton; Jack Sloan, Bobby Petracca and Luke Glidden of Hopkinton; Jackson Hornung of Ashland; Tyler Wilson of Hamden; Colby Doiron of Leominster; Kevin Kelly of Holliston; Ethan Thorpe of Woodstock CT; Alex Jefferies of Lunenburg.
Congratulations to the 98 AA
team for winning
the Columbus Day Classic 2011!
Congratulations to the Flames
2000 and 2001 AAA Elite Teams
on winning their†Warriors Tournament divisions
against great competition!
Congratulations to the EHF President's Day Tournament
Squirt Minor Champions!
Congratulations to the Bantam Major Elite EHF Champions!
U10 Flames Take 2nd At CT Tourney
Congratulations to the U10 Minuteman Lady Flames for a fine showing at the prestigious Polar Bear Tournament, held December 2008 in Connecticut. The team earned a 2nd place finish.
Congratulations To The Minuteman Flames
Midget Minor Team For A Great 2007 Season!
They Won The 2007 EHF Midget Minor AAA Championships, With a 8-2-2 Season, Defeating The† Bridgewater Bandits Black, 4-0, In The Semifinals, and the Bay State Sharks, 5-1, In The Championship Game. The team is: Joe Ackil (15), Andrew Arbour (25), Tyler Byrne (12), Dan Caliendo (10), Pat Coates (30), Brenton Croteau (3), Steven Iacaboni (22), Max Kruse (8), Ryan Levesque (61), Sean O'Keefe (7), Cam Roberts (9), Greg Silverman (3), Cody Smith (18), Devin Smith (9), Chase Williams (20).
96 Minuteman Flames and South Shore Kings Play
"Professional" EHF Game Hosted By The Providence Bruins
The 96 Flames and Kings had the great pleasure of playing their league game in a professional manner at the Dunkin Donuts Center hosted by the Providence Bruins before the Providence Bruins Game on Sunday, February 18. The teams were greeted at the Dunkin Donuts Center by the Providence Bruins Staff and escorted to their locker rooms deep in the vintage facility, both reminiscent of the Colisee in Quebec City and surprisingly modern due to the $62 Million Dollar refurbishment underway. The fans were escorted to the stands, and were greeted by the DD Centerís new video scoreboard and audio system, where they would be able to watch the game, replays and special effects just like the Providence Bruins Ė Hartford Wolf Pack AHL Game that would follow.
After warm-ups, player introductions, and the national anthem, the game was played, with the scoring, penalties announcements and music of a regular NHL/AHL game.
Some of the players were able to get autographs on their P-Bruins hats, and a look at the P-Bruins locker Room. The locker on the left is Ned Havernís, a 2002 NHL draft choice that was on the 82 Minutemen Flames Team coming up.
After the game, the teams and their fans were able to grab a bite to eat in the DD Center while watching the 8,600 Bruins and Wolf Pack fans join them to watch their AHL game... All in all, a great day of hockey.
98 Flames are Finalists at the International Silver Sticks Tournament
The 1998 Minuteman Flames Mite Major team, after winning the West Chester, PA Silver Sticks Regional Tournament in November, reached the finals of the International Silver Sticks Tournament held January 26 Ė 28 in St. Clair Shores, MI. In advancing to the finals, the Flames went 3-0 in their preliminary bracket: A 5-2 win over the Caledon Hawks (Toronto), an 8-1 win against the North Pittsburgh Wildcats and a hard fought 3-1 victory over the Kensington Valley Rebels (Detroit) who had also entered the final preliminary bracket game at 2-0 and holding all tie breakers over the Flames.
The semi finals were comprised of the four bracket winners. In the semiís the Flames faced the Suffolk P.A.L. Silver Shields (NY) (2-0-1 bracket winner) and came away with a 4-0 win setting up a final game match up with the Chesterfield Falcons (MO) (3-0 bracket winner) and 10-0 semi-final winners over the Markham Waxers (Toronto). The Falcons entered the final game with a total goal differential of 43 GF and 4 GA with the Flames at 20 GF and 4 GA.
In the finals Chesterfield raced out to a 3-1 lead through two periods, but the Flames mounted a furious third period attack falling just short in a 4-2 Falcons victory. By reaching the finals the Flames received an automatic bid to play in the 2008 International Silver Sticks Tournament in Whitby, Ontario.
Congratulations to the entire 1998 Minuteman Flames team on an outstanding Silver Sticks Tournament: Brendan Hamblet, Gideon Cooper, Cam Burke, Cam Finlayson, Matt Paul, Jake Tomsik, Karl Wright, Joe Corsi, Matt LaCroix, Paul Happy, Jared Wetherbee, Cole Fisher, Ryan Ward & Bryan McGrath - voted Championship Game Most Outstanding Player.