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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 51 institutes of higher learning:

        Amherst College            Augsburg College 
        Aurora University           Becker College
Bemidji State Univ.        Boston University
        Bowdoin College            Brown University          
Castleton University      Chatham University
        Clarkson University     Connecticut College
        Holy Cross                      Cortland State Univ.
        Elmira College     Franklin Pierce          
Harvard University       New England College  
Nichols College         Manhattanville College
Mercyhurst University     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 Univ.    Saint Anselm College  
Salve Regina Univ.          St. Mary's College      
St. Michael's College       Stevenson College      
Syracuse University        Union College              
Univ. Southern Maine     UMass. Boston          
University of Maine         Univ. of New England    
Univ. of N.H.                    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
» Use of Boston Bruins former weight room & facilities
» Tutoring and SAT/ACT Test Prep Sessions
» Supervised Team Housing Available
» Travel Via Team Coach Bus
» Equipment & Clothing Package Provided

The Boston Shamrocks Organization

The Boston Shamrocks Ice Hockey Organization includes several different programs of varying skill levels and playing abilities. The Boston Shamrocks hockey family currently consists of:


 
 
 

Shamrocks Maintaining Momentum From JWHL Boston Showcase

By James Murphy Two weeks after hosting the JWHL Boston Showcase at Ristuccia Arena and going... Read More »

Shamrocks Alumna Heather Schwarz Scores First Pro Goal

Boston Shamrocks Alumna Heather Schwarz scored her first professional goal at the Warrior Ice Arena on... Read More »

Boston Shamrocks Defenseman Tre Bunn Keeps It Fun

By James Murphy New Boston Shamrocks U19 defenseman Tre Bunn has not only become a key... Read More »

Boston Shamrocks Defenseman Taylor Tom Benefits From Playing In The Mecca Of College Hockey

By James Murphy Boston Shamrocks U19 defenseman Taylor Tom is used to being away from home... Read More »

Nichols College Grad Kara Donati Climbs The Ladder To Assistant Coach

By James Murphy Kara Donati's job description with the Boston Shamrocks is ever-evolving. Since being introduced... Read More »

Another Shamrock Turns Pro.... Former Shamrock Standout Goalie Madision Litchfield Begins Her Rookie Season With The NWHL's Boston Pride

Madison Litchfield, former Boston Shamrock Standout and the No. 1 goaltender for the University of Vermont... Read More »

Manitoba Natives Hirschfield and Jorgenson Are Dedicated To Hockey, The Shamrocks, And Their Education

By James Murphy To say Boston Shamrocks U19 defenseman Ashlee Hirschfield and forward Mya Jorgenson are... Read More »

Shamrocks Open 2017-18 JWHL Season With Two Wins in Buffalo

By James Murphy The Boston Shamrocks started the 2017-18 regular season in Buffalo winning two of... Read More »

Fisher And Shamrocks Ready To Get Season Going

By James Murphy Let the real games begin! That's what the Boston Shamrocks Under 19 team... Read More »

Hampton Set To Help Shamrocks Defense Transition

By James Murphy The Shamrocks welcomed a new member to the coaching staff last week as... Read More »

Shamrocks Look To Build Off Stony Brook Experience

By James Murphy The Shamrocks Under 19 team was back at work at Ristuccia Arena this... Read More »

 



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Shamrocks Alumna Heather Schwarz Scores First Pro Goal

Monday, November 6, 2017
Syracuse University and Boston Shamrocks Alumna Heather Schwarz Scores First Pro Goal During First Period of the NWHL Boston Pride's Home Opener

Boston Shamrocks Alumna Heather Schwarz scored her first professional goal at the Warrior Ice Arena on Saturday night at 2:58 of the first period. Schwarz shot a laser from the blue line past the Connecticut Whale's netminder to give the Boston Pride an early 1-0 lead in their home opener.

Calling it “a dream come true,” recently-graduated Syracuse University forward Schwarz stated about playing with the Boston Pride of the NWHL. Prior to playing at Syracuse, the 5-9 forward was captain and MVP of the Boston Shamrocks.  As a member of the Shamrocks Schwarz scored 16 goals and handed out 10 assists in 2012-13 for a total of 26 points and was named to the the JWHL South All-Star Squad.

“Not only do I get to continue playing hockey as a professional, but being in a city like Boston is very exciting,” said Schwarz. “I've played with and against some of the women on the Pride throughout my hockey career. I'm proud to be part of their team. I'm excited for the opportunity to play in Boston again and to have my parents and loved ones watch me play professional hockey. Signing with the Pride is a dream come true.”

Schwarz played 141 games between 2013-2017 for the Orange and had 22 goals and 29 assists for 51 points, which ranks her seventh in program history. As a senior this past season, Schwarz was 11-10-21 in 33 games.  "Heather worked extremely hard both on and off the ice, and her game improved each and every year during her tenure here,” said Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan. “We wish her the best as she moves on to the NWHL."  “Playing at Syracuse was an extraordinary experience,"  Said Schwarz.  "Paul and [assistant coaches] Ali Domenico and Brendon Knight developed us as a team and as individuals to become successful on and off the ice.”

Schwarz majored in Health and Exercise Science at Syracuse, and now works as a certified personal trainer at Republic Fitness in Boston's Financial District.

 

Shamrocks Maintaining Momentum From JWHL Boston Showcase

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Two of The Goalies From The 1st Annual Boston Shamrocks 3 on 3 Halloween Tournament

By James Murphy

Two weeks after hosting the JWHL Boston Showcase at Ristuccia Arena and going 3-1-0 in the showcase, the Boston Shamrocks U 19 squad are working hard to build off and maintain the momentum gained from that strong showing.

"The following week we worked hard but also kept it light with a three-on-three Halloween tournament and skills competition," Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Sean Fisher said. "So we still accomplished what we wanted but with change of pace activities. This week we were back to the grind and working real hard with up tempo practices. We've accomplished what I want to accomplish. We're grinding, putting fitness points in the bank and moving along here."

With no league games until December, it would be understandable if the Shamrocks got rusty but Fisher is doing his best to prevent that and so far, the girls have reciprocated.  "Our work level with practice overall - throughout the year there haven't been too many times where I've been unhappy with it - just like the old saying, practice like you play, and I'm a big believer in that where our workload and our compete levels have to be just the same as they are in games," Fisher said. "So generally speaking, they have been. The girls have done a pretty good job taking a professional approach to the work that needs to be done in practice. We try and keep things fresh in planning new tactics, new drills and anything to keep them engaged and keep them fresh. You have to remember these are new, young and developing minds so that's key. But generally as far as the work level that's required of them, they generally answer the bell."

As for the successful weekend two weeks ago, Fisher saw plenty of positives to build off and not just the potent offense displayed by his team outscoring opponents 17-13.  "I was impressed with the fact that we got better as the weekend went on, we played with more structure as the weekend went on and were tougher to check and defend as well," Fisher said. "We had some injuries and players away as we wrapped up the weekend but other players stepped into different roles, accepted new responsibilities and we soldiered on.  I'm glad the girls got some positive team results but I was most happy that our culture continues to improve."

 

Another Shamrock Turns Pro.... Former Shamrock Standout Goalie Madision Litchfield Begins Her Rookie Season With The NWHL's Boston Pride

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Boston Shamrocks Alumnae Madision Litchfield Between The Pipes For The Boston Pride Of The NWHL

Madison Litchfield, former Boston Shamrock Standout and the No. 1 goaltender for the University of Vermont the last three seasons, has entered her rookie professional season in the National Women's Hockey League as a member of the Boston Pride.   She joins fellow rookie Brianna Laing and veteran NWHL all-star Brittany Ott to form a talented trio in net for the Pride.

“Being able to play hockey as a pro in the NWHL is a dream come true, especially in Boston,” said Litchfield.  In her professional debut Wednesday night, a pre-season match against Team Russia in the 2017 Summit Series at the new Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Litchfield allowed 1 goal in 35 plus minutes.  The Pride eventually fell to Team Russia 4-3 in a shootout.

The Pride have an opportunity for revenge as the two teams face each other once more on Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 PM at the Warrior Ice Arena.  Boston's regular season opener is next Saturday afternoon, October 28th, against the Metropolitan Riveters at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey at 1:30 pm.  The team's home opener is the following Saturday night, November 4th at the Warrior Ice Arena against the Connecticut Whale at 7:30 pm.

Litchfield was part of the winningest class in UMV history. In her senior season she had a career best .928 SV% and had a GAA of 2.08. Litchfield was elected Hockey East second team All-Star, New England Hockey Writers Association Division 1 All-Star, Outstanding Athlete Award, University of Vermont Women's Center, Hockey East All- Academic Team.  In 91 games over four years at Vermont, Litchfield had a 2.82 GAA and .902 save percentage.  Litchfield finished her collegiate career as the all-time winningest netminder in UVM  program history.

“This is a fantastic and well-earned opportunity for Madi to continue her hockey career in the NWHL,” said Vermont head coach Jim Plumer. “The Pride is getting a quality goaltender and a person of great character. She proved throughout her career at UVM that she is a competitor who rises to the occasion and I have no doubt she will bring that same mindset as a pro. All of us at UVM wish her the best in pursuing her career goals, in the NWHL and off the ice.”

Prior to UVM, the 5' 4" goalie played for the Boston Shamrocks in the Junior Women's Hockey League. “[Shamrocks' GM] Bob Rotondo and [former coach] Josh Hechter were and still are both huge factors in my development as a player,” said Litchfield.  In her senior year with the Shamrocks, Litchfield had a 2.53 GAA, .928 save percentage and one shutout earning her JWHL Goaltender of the Year Honors.

The Vermont native, who studied Public Communications and Business Administration in college, is a financial advisor for McAdam in downtown Boston.  Playing for the Pride is a chance for Litchfield to continue her hockey career before her biggest fans.  "I had the opportunity to play at UVM in my hometown of Burlington, Vermont and my parents never missed a game,” said Litchfield, before adding with a smile, “I'm so glad they'll still be able to come see me play and have something to keep them busy on the weekends.”

 

Hampton Set To Help Shamrocks Defense Transition

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Boston Shamrocks New Assistant Coach Jordan Hampton

By James Murphy

The Shamrocks welcomed a new member to the coaching staff last week as Foxboro native and recent North Dakota blue line stalwart, Jordan Hampton joined Sean Fisher's staff as an assistant coach for the U19 team. Hampton - who also played a year at Northeastern and for the USA U18 team in the Czech Republic World Championships - will primarily help with the defense.

Like many teams at all levels today, the Shamrocks encourage an up tempo, push the pace and puck-moving style for their blue line. During her career as a player and specifically at North Dakota, Hampton has seen that transition in style and did her best to adapt on the ice.  "I myself, I grew up as a defensive defenseman," she recalled recently. "Only defense drills, all the time, and never playing forward. Nowadays, even in high school, they're putting defensemen in as forwards in drills. There's more offensive opportunities and most goals are now scored by defensemen. It's a huge difference compared to what it was."

But while the game behind the blue line has trended towards creating more offense, Hampton and Fisher will stress to their rearguards to never forget their roots and maintain structure.  "Being on the outside, obviously you can see everything as a defenseman," she said. "If you go in, you have a little tunnel, but you have to be able to get back out right away and get to where you need to be. I'm fine with the defense going at it and coming in, but they just need to get back at the end of the play."

Another key attribute Hampton brings to the Shamrocks is that she is fresh out of a Division 1 (well, unfortunately, now defunct) program. That means she knows what it takes to not only make it to that level but excel at it, as she did with North Dakota becoming one of their best blueliners.  "In my personal college experience I have learned a lot from different schools and coaches," Hampton said.  "I will do my best to find my athletes the best college fit for them as an individual.  They need to make sure that is the best fit for them and they aren't thinking about anything else because I had to transfer in order to find my perfect fit.  I want my athletes to make the right first decision and to be happy with their decision. I am very excited about coaching this year with the Shamrocks.  We have a very talented and diverse roster and I am excited to help these girls get to where they want to be as players and people in the next level."

Oh by the way, should her players ever pursue a pro  career, Hampton has that covered too now as she just  signed with the Boston Blades of the CWHL.  "I am very  excited and humbled to be named to the Boston Blades in  the CWHL,"  "I have always dreamed of playing  professional hockey and I finally get the chance to live my  dream and be a role model for young girls who want to  keep growing the game of hockey. I couldn't be more  thankful for the opportunity."

 

Shamrocks Alumna Savannah Harmon Drafted Sixth Overall by Buffalo Beauts of NWHL

Monday, August 21, 2017

Boston Shamrocks Alumna Savannah Harmon, a standout defenseman for the Clarkson University National Champion women's hockey team, was selected by the Buffalo Beauts in last week's  National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) draft.  Entering her senior year in 2017-18, Harmon was the sixth overall player selected in the draft with Buffalo's second-round pick.  The five-round NWHL Draft is for college players entering their senior season.

Before Clarkson, Savannah played with the Boston Shamrocks where she earned first-team JWHL All-Star honors in 2014 and served as assistant captain during the 2013-2014 season. Savannah also attended the USA Hockey National Player Development Camp every year from 2009-2012. At Clarkson, Savannah was points leader among rookie skaters in 2014-2015 and was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team. 

A native of Downers Grove, Illinois, Harmon served as a co-captain on Clarkson's National Championship squad last season. She scored the game-winning goal in the 3-0 win over Wisconsin in the national title game to earn the Golden Knights their second NCAA Championship in four years.

During the 2016-2017 season she was second in the country in points among defenseman, scoring a career-high 36 points on 11 goals and 25 assists. Through 119 NCAA D-1 career games, Harmon has totaled 79 points on 22 goals and 57 assists.  Harmon earned a myriad of honors in 2016-17, being named a second-team All-American, ECAC Hockey Best Defenseman Award winner, first-team all-league all-star, NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team, All-USCHO second team, a finalist for ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.

 

Shamrocks' Alumna Rachael Ade Signs Pro Contract

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Boston Shamrocks' Alumna Rachael Ade Signs NWHL Contract With Connecticut Whale

Boston Shamrocks' Alumna and former University of Vermont Catamounts women's hockey captain Rachael Ade has signed with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women's Hockey League.

Ade, originally from Davenport, Florida, developed her game with the Boston Shamrocks before attending UVM. In her senior year she served as team captain for the Shamrocks, registered six goals and seven assists for 13 points and represented the Shamrocks in the 2012-13 JWHL All Star game.  Over four college seasons at Vermont, the defender had 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 143 games. 

Ade signed with the Whale after participating in the NWHL's free agent camp in Boston. "This is a unique opportunity to be able to play the sport I love professionally, and to be a part of the NWHL while the league is growing and evolving," said Ade. "It's a little surreal that I get to be one of the athletes that shows my younger sisters this new, possible avenue." 

Ade graduated in May as part of the winningest class in UVM history and ranks second all-time in program history with 143 games played. The defenseman skated in all 38 games last season as a senior, notching seven goals and seven assists for 14 points with a plus-14 rating. Ade helped the Catamounts advance to the Hockey East Semifinals for the second time in school history and was part of a group that posted the league's third-best scoring defense.

"It's fantastic to see Rachael continue her hockey career as a professional," said Vermont head coach Jim Plumer. "I am not surprised that she was sought-after by more than one team after she had a breakout senior year. Rachael loves the game and will fit in well at the pro hockey level. It's exciting to see our graduating seniors have the opportunity to play at the pro level in increasing numbers. It's great for the game of women's hockey." 

The NWHL is the first professional women's hockey league in North America. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters.