Three former Valley Jr. Warriors Alex Lester, Jack Williams, and Paul Antkowiak are leading the way for the Franklin Pierce Men’s Ice Hockey Team. Upcoming junior forward Alex Lester, a Methuen, MA native was the scoring leader for the Ravens this past 2017-18 season with 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in his 25 games played.
Upcoming senior defensemen Jack Williams was the top scoring defensemen with 6 goals and 5 assists for a total of 11 points in his 25 games.
Upcoming sophomore defensemen Paul Antkowiak played in 23 of 26 games as a freshman putting up a goal and 4 assists for a total of 5 points for the season.
Lester played two seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16, Antkowiak two seasons back in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and Williams with one season back in 2014-15.
All three players shared a common theme of strength and speed development, during their time with the Warriors. “I developed into a much more well-rounded player. I came into junior hockey a very one dimensional player, but the coaches helped me develop on weaknesses that I didn't even know I had,” Antkowiak said.
Lester was with the Valley Jr. Warrior program for the majority of his youth hockey career from mites all the way until high school. He would later return to the Warriors program for junior hockey. “Playing for the Warriors pretty much my entire life allowed me to develop greatly as a player. It's a great program with a lot of great coaches who have helped me develop as a player over the years. The program gave me the tools and facilities that I needed to get to where I am today [college hockey] as a hockey player and a person,” Lester said.
Williams shared a similar experience as Antkowiak saying, “I was given the tools necessary to learn aspects of the game to improve on that I did not know I needed to improve on.”
All three players also shared the importance of listening to the coaches and making the most out of your time as a Warrior.
“Be a sponge and learn everything you can from the coaches because it will only make you a better player, and play every shift like it's your last because you never know who is in the stands watching,” Antkowiak said.