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The Boston Shamrocks Elite U19 Women's Hockey Team is a full season team formed to develop young women hockey players to the level and ability required to play college hockey.
The Boston Shamrocks Elite U19 Women's Hockey Team is a USA Hockey registered U19/Canadian Intermediate AA team and play in the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) on college campuses against some of the best teams in North America. The Shamrocks will also play in some of the top tournaments in the United States and Canada guaranteeing outstanding competition and maximum exposure to college and National team coaches. Past tournaments have included Chowder Cup, NAHA Labor Day, Stoney Creek, Polar Bears, and the JWHL Challenge Cup.
The Boston Shamrocks work hard in developing and promoting their student athletes. Nearly 100% of all Boston Shamrocks players go on to continue their growth and success at the collegiate level.
Boston Shamrocks student athletes have enrolled and played hockey at the following 46 institutes of higher learning:
Amherst College Augsburg College
Bemidji State University Boston University
Brown University Chatham University
Clarkson University Connecticut College
Holy Cross Cortland State Univ.
Franklin Pierce Harvard University
New England College Nichols College
Manhattanville College Mercyhurst Univ.
Middlebury College Minnesota State Univ.
Morrisville State College Norwich University
Penn State University Plattsburg State Univ.
Plymouth State Univ. Providence College
Rhode Island College Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College Salve Regina University
St. Mary's College St. Michael's College
Stevenson College Syracuse University
Union College Univ. of Southern Maine
UMass. Boston University of Maine
Univ. of New England Univ. of New Hampshire
Univ. of Notre Dame Univ. of Connecticut
University of Vermont University of Wisconsin
Utica College Wesleyan University
Williams College Yale University
The Boston Shamrocks provide:
» Professional Coaching Staff
» 50-60 Game Schedule
» On The Ice Six Days A Week
» Approx. 125 Practices Mid Aug.-March
» Consistent Practice Times Throughout The Season
» Dedicated Team Locker Room w/Individual Stalls
» Twice Weekly One Hour Sessions at Mike Boyle’s S & C
» Tutoring and SAT/ACT Test Prep Sessions
» Supervised Team Housing Available
» Travel Via Team Coach Bus
» Equipment & Clothing Package Provided
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Friday, August 19, 2016
Veteran Boston Shamrocks goalie Kia Castonguay, who has risen through the ranks from the U16 to the U19 team and is committed to Clarkson University, dons the August '16 USA Junior Hockey Magazine cover. By Joshua BoydUSA Junior Hockey Magazine
At Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., on nearly any given summer's day, you can find roughly 20 members of the Boston Shamrocks women's junior program skating and working on skills in hopes of making this next hockey season their very best. And possibly their last junior year before a hopeful college hockey career.
“We do skills, drills and – if we can get a decent amount of girls – we'll scrimmage,” said first-year Shamrocks U19 head coach Danielle Doherty. “We'll get 20 to 25 of the local girls. I'm on the ice, and all of our coaches – Maria Nasta, Amanda Pelkey and Molly Corl.” Doherty was hired in May, not long after the end of the 2015-16 season. A former player for Boston College, where she played in four Frozen Fours, Doherty brought a year of head coaching experience to the Shamrocks – not bad for someone who just hung up the skates as a player in 2015.
“I got a phone call from Bob and right after that phone call, I set up a meeting to meet with him,” said Doherty. “When I walked into his office and the rink, I was sold. Bob gives his heart and soul, and the No. 1 thing he cares about is the girls, to helping them become the best they can be.” “The first thing that I tell every girl is we treat them pretty much like professionals. I could tell that right from the first time I came into the rink,” added Doherty. “From how Bob presents the team and treats the girls to the equipment, the ice time, everything.”
Doherty is one member of a larger, all-female coaching staff for the Shamrocks' women's teams. She is joined by UMass-Boston standout Nasta and former University of Vermont star Pelkey. Nasta is also head coach of the U14 team, working with assistant coach Christina Henkins. The overall staff also includes U16 head coach Corl (Saint Anselm College) and her assistant coach Abbey Gauthier (Providence College).
“There's a lot of new light put into the program, and you can see that from the amount of recruits we got in a short period of time,” said Rotondo, of the 2016-17 coaching staff. “The excitement and interest has jumped up a lot.” “I think that's huge for the players, to see an all-female staff,” said Doherty. “They're going to listen to us, and respect us. We've been there before. We know what they should be expecting.
“I've been a player, so I've done this before. Pelkey is playing for the U.S. National Team, so she's played at a high level. It's really rewarding when one of your coaches has played for the National Team, and also professionally [for the Boston Pride, of the NWHL],” added Doherty. “Maria's been in the hockey world for many years. We form good relationships with the players, and that's one of the most important things.”
Rotondo was excited when he found out that Doherty might be available to coach his team. “This was a very quick decision,” said Rotondo. “This was a panel of me and two other professionals who are highly respected in the hockey industry. The end result was that Danielle is young and well-respected, has lots of energy and it transfers to the ice, and the way kids react to it. “It took a couple meetings, but we signed her on board and she and her staff were out recruiting two weeks later,” Rotondo added.
Rotondo is not surprised at how quickly some of the top players on the Shamrocks' wish list were signed for 2016-17. “It's the way she presents herself in a professional manner, the way she communicates with parents, the way she sells the program and tells the truth,” said Rotondo. “She'll say ‘Speak with [Rotondo], speak with our academic coordinator [Hannah Irving] and her assistant coach Abbey Gauthier (Providence College). The rest is up to your daughter to come here and perform.'”
2016-17 U19 Boston Shamrocks
Paige Sullivan (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
Jaden Trboybevich (Anchorage, Alaska)
Mary Lambert (Plaistow, N.H.)
Rose Mroczka (Lee, N.H.)
Katie Leffler (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Courtney Gauthier (Tampa, Fla.)
Lexi Stanisewski (Lawrence, Mass.)
Meagan MacNeil (Weymouth, Mass.)
Kassi Graves (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Bella Hanson (Eagle River, Alaska)
Cameron Payne (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
Cassidy McEwen (Lloydminster, Alberta)
Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.)
Jordan Hoya (Edmonton, Alberta)
Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass.)
Kia Castonguay (Ipswich, Mass.)
Michaela Boyle (Reading, Mass.)
Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.)
Ashley DeFusco (Cranston, R.I.)
Lauren Hennessey (Lynnfield, Mass.)
Friday, August 19, 2016
Michaela Boyle, of Reading, Mass., will join her Shamrocks teammate Kia Castonguay at Clarkson University in 2017.By Joshua BoydUSA Junior Hockey Magazine
The Boston Shamrocks offer ice throughout the summer, with midday skates for local players. But, that is just the tip of the iceberg for summertime preparation for the Shamrocks. “They also have an option to play in a Monday night high school league or Thursday night college league, in addition to the midday skates,” said Bob Rotondo, owner and general manager of the Shamrocks, as well as owner of Ristuccia Arena.
He is especially happy to have the U.S. National Team training this summer at Ristuccia – what an opportunity for the Shamrocks (who range in age from 14 to 19) to see the highest level of hockey for women firsthand, and to share rink space with some of the best talent in the world. “The National Team players are on the ice from 4-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The Shamrocks get to see Meghan Duggan, Kacey Bellamy, Hillary Knight, Brianna Decker,” said Rotondo. “We're going to try to incorporate them to work with all of our girls, from the U12's to the U19 Junior Women's Hockey League team.”
The U19, U16 and U14 teams feel more than lucky to be part of the JWHL – which plays nearly all of its league weekends on college campuses. The season starts in October, when the Shamrocks host a league weekend at Merrimack College. “The competition, the college coaches' attendance – the JWHL is second to none,” Rotondo added. “It's equivalent to the Tier-1 USHL.”
“There's also the ice time that we have,” added U19 Head Coach Danielle Doherty. “We'll skate five times per week. Depending on the travel, that could be four days a week. There's also the opportunity to get on the ice early to do 1-on-1 skills sessions, there's the benefit of the girls doing online school at our rink. “If the girls get their schoolwork done, we can jump on the ice for skills before afternoon practice,” she said. “The players' academic grades have to be high in order for them to skate with us.”
The message has been spread during several recruiting trips – Thunder Bay, Ont.; Coral Springs, Fla.; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and all the way north and west to Alaska. Players from all of these locales were scouted and signed for the upcoming season. “Each of our coaches goes out and recruits for the other, even if they're all working for different Shamrocks teams,” added Rotondo. The Shamrocks just want to bring these players in and help them to do what so many Shamrocks players have done before – advance to play college hockey. “The No. 1 priority is to get them physically and mentally able to play to the best of their abilities,” said Doherty.
Along with amenities like a 108-inch TV screen for video review of games, the Shamrocks' JWHL teams also has access to Mike Boyle's Strength and Conditioning, one of the top training centers in the Northeastern U.S. “They're working out side by side with the U.S. National Team girls right now. In the winter, they're down there at least twice a week with either Mike or one of the other trainers who works with the National Team,” added Doherty.
The U19 team has signed its 2016-17 team, and Doherty is excited to bring this team to the North American Hockey Academy's annual Labor Day Tournament. From the NAHA tournament, the team will go to the Stoney Creek (Ont.) University Showcase.
The Shamrocks' JWHL season begins on Oct. 7, with the opening game in the first league weekend at Merrimack College, hosted by the Shamrocks. The team will also have showcases in October in Rochester, N.Y., and in Burlington, League weekends in November will see the Shamrocks traveling to Colgate University and to Buffalo, N.Y. December will see one JWHL weekend at Providence College, while also playing at two tournaments in Toronto and just outside of that city.
The Shamrocks will host its own tournament in local area rinks for the U19's and U16's, and the JWHL also has a big league weekend in Minnesota. The annual JWHL Challenge Cup is held each February in the Washington, D.C., area, and the JWHL playoffs will be held in Buffalo, March 10-12.
“With six returning players, I had to recruit a whole new team. It'll be exciting to see what these girls do together,” added Doherty. “I expect them to give 100 percent every day, as we're giving 100 percent to them. If they're working hard and doing everything right and staying disciplined, we should be successful.”