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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:


 
 
 

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 »

Shamrocks Hit The Road Again For Stoney Creek University Showcase

By James Murphy The Under 19 Boston Shamrocks squad are on the road again! After playing... Read More »

Boston Shamrocks Founder, Owner & GM Bob Rotondo Named One of New England Hockey's 100 Most Influential People

in-flu-ence noun | 1. the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or... Read More »

Shamrocks Hold Pre-Season Training Camp

By James Murphy This has been a summer of transition and acclimating not just for many... Read More »

Hodge-Hirschfield Skating to Boston Shamrocks' Program

By Brian Bowman The Stonewall Teulon TribuneFans that want to watch some of Manitoba's top women's... Read More »

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

Boston Shamrocks Alumna Savannah Harmon, a standout defenseman for the Clarkson University National Champion women's... Read More »

 



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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.”

 

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Boston Shamrocks Forward, and Manitoba Native, Mya Jorgenson

By James Murphy

To say Boston Shamrocks U19 defenseman Ashlee Hirschfield and forward Mya Jorgenson are dedicated to hockey, the Shamrocks, and their education would be an understatement. After transferring from their native Manitoba, both girls decided to take the traditional school route and are seniors at Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, Mass. They awake in the wee hours of the morning at the Shamrocks Residence Hall, commute from North Billerica, Mass. to Everett for school, then from Everett to Wilmington, Mass. and Ristuccia Arena for Shamrocks practice, and then finally around 7-7:30, they return back to the Shamrocks Residence Hall to do homework. They go to sleep and do it all over again the next day.

That dedication and passion for the game has also helped not only form chemistry on the ice but a great friendship off it as well. Now both 17, they met when they were 12 years-old at a hockey camp run by current Shamrocks Director of Hockey Operations and U19 head coach Sean Fisher. They then played together at Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before coming to the Shamrocks to play for Fisher again. What has allowed and continues to allow the two hard-working girls to pursue their educational and hockey dreams isn't just dedication and discipline, but the ability to have fun and enjoy the ride. ...literally!

"I ripped my pants dancing on the bus handle," Hirschfield answered when asked if there were any comical moments on their recent bus ride to Buffalo for the regular season opener.  The painful but comical blunder happened because Hirschfield had been dancing to and singing her favorite song, 1, 2 Step by Ciara. Hirschfield even sang some lyrics, clearly showing that her, Jorgensen and the Shamrocks aren't afraid to keep it light. That approach has helped all the new faces on the team gel and it showed on the ice in Buffalo as they won two of their three games there.

"We clicked fast and that's been good Hirschfield said. "We had those wins and a lot of us played together before that and years before that, so that helps. We have a lot of good skill on the team and really good leaders. Beating CYA that first game, that really helped our team and I feel like it gave us a big confidence booster beating the first place team our first game. That was a huge win for us."  Jorgenson concurred.  "I feel really good with this team and I feel like we really get along well out there," she said. "There's a lot of room for us to improve too but we're on the ice all the time so we're always constantly improving."

 

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Ashlee Hirschfield Scored Winning Goal In Shamrocks Thrilling 3-2 Overtime Win Over Chicago Young Americans

By James Murphy

The Boston Shamrocks started the 2017-18 regular season in Buffalo winning two of the three games they played at the Rinks At Harbor Center over this past weekend.  "I Thought our girls had a pretty successful weekend in Buffalo," Director Of Hockey Operations and head coach Sean Fisher said. "We went two for three and  beat the 1st place team. We then beat Balmoral Hall with two veteran defenseman out with injuries. We had a sleepy start against a deep Pacific team and that put us in a hole that we couldn't climb out of. But this weekend was a win for our team. There's lots to improve on still, but I had a college coach tell me 'your girls are the most improved team since Beantown in July of any U19 team out there'. So that is a very good sign."

Boston kicked things off with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the Chicago Young Americans as Ashlee Hirschfield netted the winner in the extra frame. The Shamrocks then beat Balmoral Hall 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday with Keyara Lea scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals before falling to Pacific 4-0.  Fisher noted the versatile play of Madison Nichols, who due to injuries had to take on more responsibility on the ice to help her team.  "I was impressed with the play of Madison Nichols who I asked to play a lot of different roles this weekend with the injuries we had and she did a great job," he said. "Every college coach here took notice of her play."

Fisher was also thrilled to have Jordan Hampton on the bench running the blue line for the Shamrocks.  "Jordan Hampton made her debut behind the bench for us this weekend and I thought her bench management of the D was quite good," he said of Hampton.

Overall, Fisher saw plenty of positive signs and is impressed with the progress the team is making.  "We made good strides this weekend and need to continue moving forward as a group - building our culture and improving each day," he said.

 

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 U 18 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."