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Martin Weiselberg Memorial Hockey Tournament - The 2007 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Hockey Tournament


The NEW Schedule For the 2007 Martin Weiselberg Tournament

10:00 HANC vs Moriah
11:00 Har Torah vs SAR
12:00 YNJ vs Yavneh
1:00 Lunch
/ Mincha
2:15 Yavneh vs HANC
3:00 Moriah vs Har Torah
3:45 SAR vs YNJ
4:30 Tiebreakers (if necessary)/Presentation
5:00 Playoff Game 1
5:45 Playoff Game 2
6:30 Championship
(Posted: 2007-05-17)

Weiselberg Tournament Postponned
Due to administrative difficulties, the 2007 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Tournament is being put on hold. We hope to have a rescheduled date or location very soon. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
-Elliot Weiselberg(Posted: 2007-04-11)

The 2007 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Tournament Preview
On Sunday, April 22, 2007, the 2007 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Hockey Tournament will take place at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, in Uniondale, NY. The tournament, in its second year, will feature the best up-and-coming hockey players from the two Junior High hockey leagues.

The tournament is dedicated in loving memory of Marty Weiselberg, father of Elliot Weiselberg, who is the assistant coach of the HANC Cavaliers, a 7th and 8th grade hockey team in the Metropolitan Yeshiva Junior High Hockey League. Marty passed away last March at the age of 47 after succumbing to a blood clot. Marty, a loving father, son and husband believed in the values of sport, the importance of life and the enjoyment of all that it encircled. Most importantly, Marty was a supporter of the children. For almost 17 years, Marty served as Treasurer on the board of Yeshiva Derech HaTorah in Brooklyn, NY. Throughout those 17 years, he did his best to ensure that the nearly 1,000 children during his tenure, would receive only the best that could be offered so that they would, one day, make a difference toward the advancement of Klal Yisroel.

This is the second straight year in which this tournament is being held. Last year, the tournament was held in late June in Yeshiva Har Torah in Bellerose, NY. In that tournament, only three teams participated, all of whom will be attending this tournament, with Yavneh of Paramus walking away with the championship over HANC.

Once again, the tournament will also serve the dual purpose of being a charity fundraiser. All proceeds from the event will go to a branch of Hatzolah in Brooklyn, NY. Last year, the tournament raised over $2,000 for this worthy cause, in the hopes that it would help preserve Jewish life within the area.

As an added attraction to the day, April 22 also happens to be Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance. This holiday honors veterans and fallen military personnel of the Israel Defense Forces who died in the modern Arab Israeli conflict. Yom Hazikaron also commemorates civilians murdered by Palestinian acts of terror. Therefore, throughout the day, there will be D’var Torah given by the participants, and the Bait Midrash will be open for all to take part in learning in memory of those who fought for the cause of the state of Israel.

Both leagues in the tri-state area, the MYJHHL and HAYMISH will be represented by four teams. Representing HAYMISH, the New Jersey league, are league champions SAR of Riverdale, runners-up Yavneh, semi-finalist Moriah of Englewood, and a new entrant to the league, YNJ of River Edge. For the MYJHHL, league champions HALB of Long Beach, semifinalist Har Torah, quarterfinalist HAFTR of Lawrence, and league runners-up, host HANC will contend.

The teams will play two round-robin games against teams from the opposing league, with the two highest records in each league moving on to an Olympic style semifinal and championship round. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 9:45 AM and last until around 7:00 PM. Admission is free.

For more information on the tournament, Hatzolah or to make a donation or sponsor, please contact Elliot Weiselberg at or (Posted: 2007-04-07)

2006 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Tournament Recap
The 2006 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Tournament created much “buzz” around the tri-state area, as for the first time, New York and New Jersey would clash in the battle of elite elementary school teams. Although the tournament, named for the late father of Yeshiva Har Torah assistant coach Elliot Weiselberg, contained a small field, the level of competition could not have been higher. Along with Har Torah, the hosts, the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) and Yavneh Academy of Paramus, NJ put on a show through five grueling hours of hockey.
The first match-up of the day pitted the New York rivals against one another. HANC scored the first goal of the tournament as Yehoshua Genuth scored twice and David Orenbuch punched one home put HANC up 3-0 before Har Torah’s Aaron Geffner scored on a laser-beam shot to end the half (games consisted of 2-15 minute halves). Har Torah would continue to fight back and at the 4:27 mark of the second half, Yossi Aharon brought them within one goal. HANC hung tough to a one-goal lead for the majority of the next 10 minutes. However, with almost a minute to go in the game, 6th grader Jesse Gordon knotted the game at 3-3 to send it to a shootout. Each team chose three shooters and a goalie to center-court to decide this heated battle. The Cavs’ went with Ahseph Weisz, Orenbuch and Genuth and goalie Max Orlofsky, while the Hat Trix countered with Ben Frager, Geffner and Aharon, with Josh Friedman in net. Frager got Har Torah on the board early and Friedman stopped all three shots that he faced to give Har Torah the shootout victory.
After a quick lunch of pizza and pasta, HANC regrouped to face the Yavneh Avalanche in a must-win game. Matthew Reichel put Yavneh on the board quickly, leaving HANC to wonder what it would take to remain in the tournament. The answer came shortly thereafter as Genuth and Ari Marks scored within 35 seconds of each other to put the Cavs’ up 2-1. Marks added another shortly before the break to give HANC a seemingly comfortable 3-1 lead at the half. However, just like in the first game, the lead slipped away as Boaz Greenzweig found the back of the net a little more than a minute into the half, and Yoni Stone slammed one past Orlofsky to tie it with about a minute and a half left in the game. It looked like another shootout for the Cavs’, however, with 15 seconds remaining, a penalty on the Avalanche gave HANC the opportunity it needed to keep themselves alive. With four seconds left in the game, the ball once again found its way onto Genuth’s stick before being deposited past Avalanche goalie Ari Stein to give HANC the win.
With Har Torah at 1-0, HANC at 1-1, and Yavneh at 0-1, there was a possibility that, with a Yavneh win, all three teams could end up at 1-1. Before the game, Weiselberg let all three coaches know what the scenarios were. If all three teams ended up tied, the team with the highest goal differential would automatically go to the championship while the other two would have to face in a play-in game. The goal differential before the game stood at a +1 for HANC, 0 for Har Torah, and -1 for Yavneh (the shootout win did not count as an extra goal). A Har Torah win, and they would face HANC again. A Yavneh win by two goals or less, and HANC would advance. If the Avalanche won by three or more, they would be sitting pretty.
The third game started off with Yavneh in the same position as HANC in the previous game. Only 25 seconds into the game, Aharon put one in from right in front to give Har Torah a 1-0 lead. But, as the trend was for the round-robin portion, the first team to score would not be the team to come up victorious, goals by Reichel, Yoni Blum, Adam Druck and Zach Goldschmeidt and solid goaltending by Stein preserved Yavneh’s 4-1 win, placing them in the championship game.
Har Torah coach, Rabbi Tuvia Fried and HANC coach Josh Liebman met at center-court for a coin-flip on how the second finalist would be decided. If the coin showed heads, there would be a shootout, if tails, we would go to a sudden-death game. Both sides watched with interest as the coin came up tails, and both sides prepared for a fast-paced play-in mini game. It took almost three and a half minutes before Orenbuch scored on a feed from Josh Strauss to eliminate the hosts and put the Cavs’ in the tournament finals.
Weiselberg then took the time to address the crowd and thanked the participants and their coaches for attending and donating time and money to their cause. The tournament, doubling as a charity event, raised over $1000 for Hatzolah over the two weeks leading up to it and will continue to collect donations until the end of the summer. After a few words about his father, Elliot unveiled commemorative t-shirts for all of the participants to take home with them.
After a five minute break, both teams reconvened on the gym to decide which state would take home with them the bragging rights for the tri-state area. Both teams started off strong, each having chances thwarted by solid defense, and swift goaltending. It took 12 minutes for Yoni Stone to put Yavneh on top 1-0 and another two minutes until Druck increased the lead to 2-0 before the break. Given the way that the day had gone, Yavneh coach, Yaniv Besterman, knew that the game was far from over and made sure to relay the message to his team. Both teams came out strong to start the second half, but neither would bend until the eight-minute mark when Druck took a roughing penalty giving HANC a power-play. Less than a minute later, Genuth took a pass from Weisz and deposited it into the net from about 20 feet out for his second power-play goal of the afternoon to cut the deficit to one. HANC would get another power-play opportunity with three minutes left in the game as Greenzweig was sent to the box for crosschecking. The Avalanche, however, buckled down and killed off the penalty and the remaining time to bring the championship back to Paramus.
The coaches reconvened on center-court as Elliot handed the championship trophy to Besterman and the rest of the Jersey crowd. He then handed out All-Tournament trophies to each team’s top player for the tournament. For Har Torah, there were several choices for the award, including Friedman, Gordon, both only 6th graders, and Geffner, however, the award went to Yossi Aharon who finished the tournament with two goals. Yavneh’s awardee was Adam Druck who scored twice and had two assists, including one of each in the championship game. Others considered were Reichel and Yoni Stone who finished with two goals apiece. HANC’s standout was Yehoshua Genuth who was also named the tournament MVP, capping a seven point effort, which included five goals, two on the power-play and one game-winner and two assists. Consideration was also given to 6th grade goaltender Max Orlofsky and Marks for their performances.
Special thank-you’s are in order to the following people:
Norman’s Wholesale Travel World LTD., Brooklyn, NY- Tournament sponsor
SPORTSCO Sporting Goods, Yonkers, NY- Tournament sponsor and supplier
Dougie’s 5-towns BBQ and Grill-Tournament sponsor
Mr. Alan Steinberg
Rabbi Gary Menchel
Rabbi Tuvia Freid, head coach, Har Torah Hat Trix
Josh Liebman, head coach, HANC Cavs’
Yaniv Besterman, head coach, Yavneh Avalanche
Yeshiva Har Torah
Hebrew Academy of Nassau County
Yavneh Academy
Gabi Novick, Aaron Geffner and all of the kids at Har Torah who helped make the event as great as it was.
Everyone who donated time or money to the event and/or Hatzolah.

(Posted: 2006-06-24)

The 2006 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Tournament
On Thursday June 22, Yeshiva Har Torah will host the 2006 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Tournament. The round robin tournament will be held from 11am-4:30pm and is free for all to attend. Yeshiva Har Torah is located at 250-10 Grand Central Parkway in Bellerose, NY (Exit 24 off of the Grand Central Parkway East). Donations are welcome. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit a branch of Hatzolah. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Elliot Weiselberg at or 917-952-2597.

Yeshiva Har Torah Hat Trix (Bellerose, NY)
Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (Uniondale, NY)
Yavneh Academy (Paramus, NJ)(Posted: 2006-06-18)

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