The Tri-Valley Blue Devils 16 & Under, 2-Team took home the championship from the Silver Stick Pacific Regional Tournament in San Jose, and in the process earned a spot in the international stage at the finals in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada next month.
The 16&U, 2-Team entered the tournament Thanksgiving weekend with momentum after an undefeated regular season, and they persevered during a tough game against a strong team from Arizona in the tournament en route to the championship game.
In the finale, the would face a familiar foe -- the Tri-Valley Blue Devils 16&U, 1-Team. The 2-Team used outstanding goaltending, gritty defense and contributions on offense from all lines to secure a 5-2 victory in the championship to win the tournament, according to head coach John James.
"This is a talented group of young men, who have been a pleasure to coach. We look forward to the challenge of competing against some of the best teams from the US and Canada in our age group at the finals in Newmarket, Ontario," James said.
The 2-Team is comprised of Dias Belda, Felix Busel, Ryan Coultrip, Tanner Curtis, Nicholas Franzwa, Gabriel Frost, Jackson Gurule, Richard Harris, Matvey Ivanov, Cade Llewellyn, Wyatt Moore, Jonathan Ng, Nicolas Poland, Jeffrey Redding, Kyle Rodgers, Anton Roepken, Zak Conte and Joshua Purpura.
Assisting James on his coaching staff are Gordon Moore, Mark Redding and Richard Rodgers.
The Blue Devils club focuses on youth hockey development in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and surrounding communities.