With more than 200 teams from as far as California battling the winter elements to travel to the New England area, the 2019 Kennedy Memorial provided unique challenges for all participants. With winter storm Harper bearing down on the East Coast and leaving 14 inches of snow in its wake, the rink-to-hotel-and-back commute proved to be as much of a challenge as defeating opponents on the ice. It would take more than Mother Nature to keep us from crowning 11 new champions, in a Kennedy tournament that was one of the most hotly contested in recent memory.
Seacoast Spartans Black won the ‘04 Elite Division with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Jets. Seacoast outscored opponents 29-to-6 and never allowed more than two goals against in a single game, capping off a 6-0-0 record on the weekend.
In the ‘04 AAA Division, the championship game rightfully pitted the top two teams against each other when the Flyers Youth defeated South Shore Kings 5-2 to cap off a perfect 7-0-0 record. The Flyer posted four shutouts over the weekend and had to knock off the Kings twice in three days to claim the title.
The Central Mass Outlaws edged out Walpole Express 4-3 in the ‘05 AAA Division championship. An impressive performance, the Outlaws didn’t allow a goal against in pool-play before defeating Cape Cod in the semifinal and Walpole in the Championship on Monday.
The Assabet Patriots took the ‘06 Elite Division with a 2-1 win over the Middlesex Islanders. That win capped off a perfect 7-0-0 run as Assabet dominated the division, scoring six-or-more goals in four of their victories and 34 total while allowing just seven goals against.
The ‘06 AAA Division went to the New Hampshire Avalanche after they defeated Hanover Wild 5-3 on Monday. Five of the Avalanche’s seven tournament games were decided by two goals or less, including the championship game en route to a 6-1-0 record over the weekend.
Boston Bandits topped Valley Junior Warriors 3-1 in the ‘07 Elite Division finale. The Bandits finished the weekend with a perfect 7-0-0 record and a plus-18 goal differential, surviving a hotly contested eight-team playoff to conclude the tournament.
The ‘07 AAA Division championship was a rematch of an earlier Saturday contest in which Woodbridge defeated Boston Advantage 3-1 during pool-play. When the two team met again on Monday, it would be the Boston Advantage avenging their only loss of the weekend with a 4-3 victory in the title game.
In the ‘08 Elite Division, the New Jersey Rockets defeated Providence Hockey 3-2 to win the championship. New Jersey finished the weekend 5-0-2 with three of those victories decided by just one goal in what proved to be a very tight division.
A 4-0 victory for the Florida Jr. Panthers over the Yale Jr. Bulldogs decided the ‘08 AAA Division. The Panthers pitched three consecutive shutouts during the single-elimination playoffs and only allowed four goals against the entire weekend.
Providence Hockey posted back-to-back shutouts on Monday to win the ‘09 Elite Division championship. They began by knocking off the Assabet Patriots 5-0 in the semifinal and then a 3-0 win in the championship over the Middlesex Islanders, allowing just two goals against in their final five tournament games and a perfect 7-0-0 record.
The ‘09 AAA Division went to Wolfpack Hockey after they beat Maine Wild 4-1 in the championship. The Wolfpack won five of their seven games by three-or-more goals, totaling a tournament-high 35 goals during their 7-0-0 run to a championship.
An action-packed weekend full of challenges and celebrations, the 2019 Kennedy Memorial is LGS Hockey’s premier East Coast event. With more than 200 teams across seven different age groups, this year’s event continues to grow in size and reach with participants from across North America. Want even more from the Kennedy? CLICK HERE for complete tournament information, standings and winners.