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Looking Forward to Festival

By Kris Rice, 02/22/15, 9:45PM EST


While most players and coaches are looking forward to playoffs, upcoming tryouts for the fall, or even what camps to attend in the summer, there are 3 players with eyes towards the potential to go to National Team Development Program.  They competed against players from all over New Hampshire to become a member of their respective New England Festival Teams.  They now are competing for 17  ( 15 skaters / 2 goalies ) spaces to go to national camp.

Festival is different than any tournament you’ve attended.  The players from CT, ME, RI, VT, and New Hampshire are shuffled into teams where the players are evaluated.  The outcomes of the games are not what’s important, there is no championship.  They gather the evaluators from D1 and D3 colleges all over New England as well as staff from USA Hockey National Development.

New England Division goes a step further and provides a week camp for the players after the selection tournament has concluded.  This is a “a grueling week of training and competition”

Manchester Youth Hockey congratulates the 3 players who proved what they have to take part in the Festival Tournament and camp this year !

Ashlie Killen, a utility player on the Flames Bantam Major Team, has been selected to play in the U15 Girl’s Festival .  The Manchester Flames would like to congratulate her on this accomplishment. Coach Troy Spencer says, “Ashlie plays wherever she is needed and is able to contribute to the team in a meaningful way.  She is very deserving of the spot she has earned and I can’t wait to see where her future will take her.  Congratulations Ashlie!”

Erik Voloshin, a forward for the Bantam Major Team, has been selected as a goalie for the U15 Festival.  The Manchester Flames would like to congratulate him on this accomplishment.  Coach Spencer says, “Erik plays forward with us and shows a real passion for the game every time he steps on the ice.  He is a competitor who never gives up.  I attended the tryout and was very impressed with Erik’s goalie skills, he is a true athlete.  Congratulations Erik!”


Rene Morin, Defenseman and Captain of his Bantam Minor Team, used his skills, perseverance and determination to make the U14 Festival Team.  The Manchester Flames would like to congratulate him on his accomplishment. Coach Mitch DeBonville echoed much of the sentiment of the team, saying "Rene is very deserving in being selected to this team. His work ethic and passion for the game is absolutely terrific. I am extremely proud of Rene and wish him continued success".

Danato Tempesta, a center for the U16 Midget Minor team, has been selected as a forward for the U17 New England Development Festival Team.  The Manchester Flames would like to congratulate him on his accomplishments.  His coach spoke of him very highly, “this past fall Danato was the team’s most exciting and offensively explosive player leading the U16 in points and penalty minutes.  He is one our best passers and thinks team first on every shift.”  Danato has been a Flame starting in Into-Mites and the Fall of 2015 will mark his Senior year at Bedford High and final season as a Manchester Flame.  This will be Danato’s first year at Festival which truly suggests persistence and constant development and improvement truly pays off.  Congratulations Danato!