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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


Arsenault, MacDougall, Masotta and Mroczka To Attend National Development Camp

Boston Shamrocks forwards Hannah MacDougall, Julia Masotta, Rose Mroczka and defenseman Grace Arsenault will attended the USA Hockey National... Read More »

Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Program Accepted Into NESHL

The Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Program is excited and proud to announce its acceptance into... Read More »

Ali Peper Has Rare 2-Sport Combo

Co-valedictorian rips it up on golf course, at hockey rink By Neil H. Devlin The Denver Post ARVADA,... Read More »

Peper Signs National Letter of Intent

With her parents and brother proudly looking on, Boston Shamrocks senior defenseman Aly Peper of... Read More »

Boston Shamrocks 2016 College Commitments

Once again the Boston Shamrocks have an impressive group of seniors and post grads moving... Read More »

Danielle Doherty Takes Over Shamrocks' Bench

The Boston Shamrocks are pleased to announce the hiring of Danielle Doherty (Newton, Mass) as... Read More »

Boyle, Conway, Jacques, and Peper To Represent Shamrocks at JWHL All Star Game

The Junior Women’s Hockey League recently announced the 2015-16 rosters for its February 11th All-Star... Read More »

Jacques Signs National Letter of Intent

  Boston Shamrocks PG forward Jessica Jacques (center) of North Reading, Massachusetts recently signed her National... Read More »

Boston Shamrocks Founder & GM Featured In New England Hockey Journal

The following article is reprinted from the November 2015 edition of the New England Hockey... Read More »



Boston Shamrocks 2016 College Commitments

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Once again the Boston Shamrocks have an impressive group of seniors and post grads moving on to continue their play at the collegiate level:

  • Michaela Boyle (Reading, MA) - Clarkson University (2017)
  • Kia Castonguay (Ipswich, MA) - Clarkson University (2017)
  • Amanda Conway (Tewksbury, MA) - Norwich University
  • Delaney Guimont (Bedford, NH) - Franklin Pierce University
  • Jessica Jacques (North Reading, MA) - University of Maine
  • Kathleen McHugh (Billerica, MA) - Providence College
  • Kirsten Nergaard (Stamford, CT) - Yale University
  • Ali O'Leary (Reading, MA) - University of Vermont
  • Aly Peper (Arvada, CO) - Harvard University
  • Sophia Quick (Durango, CO) - University of Notre Dame
  • Kate Turner (Houston, TX) - University of Maine

Danielle Doherty Takes Over Shamrocks' Bench

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Boston Shamrocks are pleased to announce the hiring of Danielle Doherty (Newton, Mass) as the new head coach of the U19 JWHL team.

“We are very excited to welcome Danielle to the Shamrocks' program as head coach of our top team,” said Shamrocks' owner and GM Bob Rotondo. “A reflection of her five years playing at Boston College, Danielle's coaching style places a strong emphasis on success through player development in a positive teaching environment. We look forward to her leadership as she builds upon the success the Shamrocks have had in moving players to the NCAA ranks.”

“I am very excited to be part of the Shamrocks organization and want to thank Bob Rotondo for this opportunity,” said Doherty. “I am really looking forward to meeting the current players and getting to work on recruiting new players. The level of play in the JWHL is very high, and the league is extremely competitive. I am thrilled to be in a position to help the Shamrocks’ student-athletes elevate their game and achieve their dream of playing college hockey.”

This past season Doherty coached the Walpole Express U19 team. A graduate of Boston College with a bachelor's degree in Education and Human Development and a Masters degree in Special Education. During her career in Chestnut Hill the BC Eagles made four trips to the NCAA Frozen Four, garnered two Beanpot titles, as well as two Hockey East crowns.


Arsenault, MacDougall, Masotta and Mroczka To Attend National Development Camp

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Boston Shamrocks forwards Hannah MacDougallJulia MasottaRose Mroczka and defenseman Grace Arsenault will attended the USA Hockey National Development Camp held at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota from July 9-15, 2016.

USA Hockey and its twelve districts provide player development opportunities at the affiliate, district, regional, and national level throughout the year. USA Hockey hosts three National Player Development Camps for girls ages 15, 16 and 17. The week-long experience at any of the three camps exposes participants to various ‘best practices’ and training strategies directly aligned with the U.S. Women’s National Team’s training, expectations, and culture so players can return home with the tools to develop their skills over the course of that season (and seasons to come).

The National Development Camp for girls brings together the top 1% of the nation's best players at each age level. Top college and junior coaches help guide the players throughout their experience at the camp. The camp also provides opportunities for the girls to make the National Team.

The weeklong sessions provide many of the United States' best young hockey players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and coaching, as well as the opportunity to compete against their peers. Over the years the best and brightest American hockey stars have shared time together at the summer camps. Players are selected from a national pool of camps in USA Hockey districts and rosters are formed by camp staff prior to the teams assembling at their respective locations.

Other Shamrocks attending regional development camps include Shea Verrier and Anna McCluskey who are attending the USA Hockey Eastern District Development Camp being held in Williamsville, New York.


Ali Peper Has Rare 2-Sport Combo

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Arvada West No. 1 golfer Ali Peper, is also a hockey player for half of the academic year for the Boston Shamrocks, is going to Harvard to play hockey. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)

Co-valedictorian rips it up on golf course, at hockey rink

By Neil H. Devlin
The Denver Post

ARVADA, COLORADO — Last week, Ali Peper shot even par. The senior at Arvada West fired a 72 at Broken Tee Golf Course in Englewood, the lowest score of her career, to win a league meet. "It was a thrill. I was so excited," Peper said.

While Peper's feat could be considered a highlight of her budding athletic career, golf might not even be her best sport. Hockey could be. For the past two school years, the Wheat Ridge, Colorado native has left her family and friends for nearly six months to play junior ice hockey in Boston. "It got to the point where I was committed and wanted to take my game to the next level," said Peper, who is a defenseman. "That was the place to do it."

Better yet, Peper will be one of A-West's 11 valedictorians later this month. She will attend Harvard and play hockey there, with aspirations of making a run at the U.S. Olympic Team someday. Anyone who knows Peper isn't surprised. "It says something to the resilience of teenagers," principal Robert Bishop said. "When they want to be something, they can. I've learned a lot from kids in my 25 years. They just set their minds to it." Said Wildcats athletic director Mike Mulvaney: "She's a special person, probably the most organized, self-disciplined and driven student and person I've been in touch with."

Ali's father, Graham Peper, knew early on his daughter was super organized. "(It was) when she was in the second or third grade and was having a fit," he recalled. "She said she was late on something for school. I asked her when it was due. She said in a week. I told her to get back to me in six days."

Ali Peper said she has made her last two years work with what she said have been truckloads of help. The former Colorado Select player had competed against boys for multiple seasons "up until I was 12 or 13, but it got different when they were starting to get a foot taller and 60 to 70 pounds heavier than I was. The girls game was a better fit." Thus the move to Boston, where she played for the Shamrocks — in the Junior Women's Hockey League — from October to March. She couldn't pass on playing in New England to gain exposure. But it came at a price. "I missed my family all the time," she said. Said her father: "It got us an empty nest. It was really difficult, because we missed her and we're not prep-school parents."

But Ali developed, playing 60 to 70 games. In 28 JWHL games, she scored 10 goals and had 16 assists. "It was the best move I could make," said Peper, who stayed with a host family. "They will always be another family to me," she said of the Jacqueses.

It was a grind with regular road trips, which made for additional challenges academically. "She had to teach herself calculus, and she always seemed to be doing homework on a bus," her father said. When Bishop heard what Peper would be attempting two years ago, he checked with her teachers about it. "Hands down, they said they would do whatever it took for Ali," Bishop said. "That tells you a lot about the student." Peper never blinked in the face of high-end and advanced-placement courses. Her 4.6 grade-point average will have her addressing her 2016 classmates at commencement. Don't be surprised — her grandfather, John Peper, was Jeffco superintendent from 1981-91. "From Dr. Bishop to my teachers to my tutors and everyone else, they were all unbelievably understanding," Ali said.

As for the cost, Ali likened it to a college education. Her father said it wasn't quite that steep. Ultimately, he said, it was worth it. "It was the biggest preparation for college," he said.

While Harvard awaits, Ali still has about three weeks to enjoy being in high school. She has qualified for the Class 5A state golf tournament the past three seasons and won regionals once. Capping her career with a high finish or perhaps becoming the medalist would be a memorable send-off.

"We look to her for guidance when we need it, and she's there to comfort us if we need it," Wildcats junior Leigh Robinson said. And that's the thing, Bishop said: "On top of everything, she's a pretty darned good golfer."


Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Program Accepted Into NESHL

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Program is excited and proud to announce its acceptance into the Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL) beginning with the 2016-17 season. The NESHL was established in 2005 as the first-ever organized, multi-state, adult sled hockey league in the United States with teams and athletes coming from Maine to Maryland.

The NESHL continuously look to solicit new players and to further the awareness of sled hockey, and people with disabilities. Along with providing a structured, competitive, sled hockey league, the individual benefits to NESHL athletes is invaluable. The NESHL not only improves a player's physical fitness but provides an environment to promote and improve their independence, assist with building their life skills, and improving their quality of life. The lessons taught through competing assist the individual to better manage life's ups and downs while stressing the value of maintaining a positive attitude.

The NESHL is the Largest and Oldest Sled Hockey League in the Country. It is a co-ed League with 200 plus participants with ages ranging from 12-65 supported by friends, family, and fans. All NESHL players have some form of mobility impairment. Including 22% of its players being Disabled Veterans of whom most have been recently injured while serving our Country.

Beginning with the 2016-17 season the NESHL will consist of 15 Teams in Two Divisions covering the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions (ME, NH, MA, VT, CT, NY, NJ, PA, OH, MD, VA). Next season the NESHL will be expanding by 4 teams. In addition to the Boston Shamrocks, the league will be adding the Mighty Penguins (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Ohio United (North Olmsted, Ohio) and the Long Island Roughriders (Bethpage, New York) to its current teams of Bennett Blazers (Baltimore, Maryland), Gaylord Wolfpack (Newington, Connecticut), Northeast Passage Wildcats (Durham, New Hampshire), New England Warriors (Lewiston, Maine), New Jersey Freeze (Randolph, New Jersey), New York Rangers (Tarrytown, New York), Philadelphia Flyers (Cobbs Creek, Pennsylvania), USA Warriors (Rockville, Maryland), Vermont Sledcats (South Burlington, Vermont), and Western Mass Knights (Westfield, Mass.).

The NESHL season consists of several regular season regional showcases beginning in September and concluding with a Championship Showcase in March. The Boston Shamrocks will be hosting a 6 team showcase at their home rink, the Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett, Mass., on Saturday, December 17, 2016.