The 2020 Kennedy Memorial welcomed athletes from as far as California, Florida, Michigan, Ontario and Texas, among others, to the New England area where more than 200 teams competed across 15 divisions. In one of LGS Hockey’s largest and longest events of the year, the teams below were able to separate themselves from the pack and take the title during this four-day holiday weekend.
The 16U Division came down to the Texas Tigers and Rogue Warriors, in a rematch of both teams’ opening game. Texas won the first meeting 3-1 on Friday and after winning five straight games over the weekend, topped Rogue again on Monday with a 3-0 win in the championship to finish with a perfect 6-0-0 record.
The Providence Hockey Club defeated Central Mass 5-3 to win the 2005 Elite Division. After skating to two ties in pool play, Providence gave up just five goals in three playoff games to finish the weekend undefeated and take the championship.
In the 2005 AAA Division, the P.A.L. Blue Knights edged out Wellesley Raiders 4-3 in the final. Four of the Blue Knights’ seven games were decided by two goals or fewer, including the championship as they survived a challenging weekend to post a 7-0-0 record.
Providence Hockey Club Elite topped Woodbridge 4-2 in the 2006 Elite Division championship. As the No. 1 seed, Providence led the tournament wire-to-wire and finished with a 6-0-1 record, never giving up more than two goals against in a single game.
The South Shore Kings posted their third shutout of the tournament against the Reston Raiders to win the 2006 AAA Division on Monday. It was their fourth game of the weekend decided by two goals or fewer and the Kings finished with a 6-0-1 record.
The 2006 Selects Division went to Providence Hockey Club White-South, thanks to a strong defensive effort all weekend. Providence allowed just six goals against in the tournament and shut out the Springfield Jr. Thunderbirds 3-0 in the championship.
Ashburn Extreme survived their rematch with the Boston Jr. Terriers in the 2007 Elite Division championship with a 4-3 win. Finishing with a 6-1-0 record, Ashburn outlasted opponents in the playoffs with a 14-7 goal differential down the stretch.
The 2007 AAA Division came down to overtime between the Minuteman Flames and Greater Boston Jr. Bruins. The Flames’ 29th goal of the tournament proved to be a golden one, as they topped the Bruins in their third one-goal game of the weekend en route to a championship.
After tying 3-3 in their opening game of the tournament, the Green Mountain Glades rattled off six straight wins to take the 2007 Selects Division championship. The last four games of the weekend came down to a narrow margin, including the 2-1 victory over the Florida Jr. Panthers in the championship.
The Assabet Valley Patriots had a nail-biting run to the 2008 Elite Division championship, winning back-to-back one-goal games including a 2-1 decision over the New Jersey Colonials in the finale. Assabet Valley finished with a 7-0-0 record and four of those games decided by just one goal.
In the 2008 AAA Division, North Jersey held Providence Hockey Club to their fewest goals in a single game, but Providence still proved to have just enough in a 2-0 victory. PHC finished with a division-leading 31 goals through seven games over the weekend.
The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders allowed just two goals against in their final three games of the tournament, shutting out the Valley Jr. Warriors Elite 4-0 to win the 2009 Elite Division championship. Going 7-0-0 in the tournament, the Jr. Islanders outscored opponents 39-7 on their way to a title.
The 2009 AAA Division went to the Assabet Patriots Elite 2-1 over the Yale Bulldogs in the championship. After winning all four pool play games by three-or-more goals, all three of the Patriots’ playoff games came down to two goals or fewer, in a very tight playoff run to close the weekend.
Two Boston-based teams squared off in the 2010 Elite Division, with the Jr. Eagles besting the Americans 8-1 in the championship. The Jr. Eagles scored six-or-more goals in every game including the finale, rolling to a 7-0-0 record.
The Long Island Royals scored a tournament-high 46 goals at the Kennedy, and they needed every last one of those tallies to top the South Shore Kings 4-3 in a shootout to determine the 2010 AAA Division. It was the second time the two teams had met over the weekend, with both being close, exciting finishes.
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