SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The annual Berkshire Jamboree brought out many college coaches, Division I and Division III, NHL and junior scouts, and NHLPA agents to watch the eight teams competing in two scrimmages each over the course of the day on Monday.
Berkshire’s two-rink facility is the best in prep school hockey. It’s a haul from Boston and not in close proximity to many places, but it’s worth the trip. It’s beautiful, modern, and there are plenty of good seats for watching a prep school game. The campus is very scenic as well with mountains in the backdrop as you come up the driveway and turn right to go to the rink.
The NHL scouts were at the Berkshire Jamboree mainly to watch defenseman Cade Alami, a Providence recruit who patrols the blue line for the host Bears. There were about a half dozen NHL scouts and a little over a dozen college coaches.
At the jamboree, Northwood School, out of Lake Placid, N.Y., and Nichols School, located in Buffalo, N.Y., joined six NEPSAC schools: Berkshire, Brunswick, Canterbury, Gunnery, Kent, and Pomfret.