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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' Alumna Abbott Earns Third NEWHL Goalie of the Week Honor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For the third time this year, Shamrocks' Alumna and junior goaltender, Kassi Abbott... Read More »

Lauren Hennessey Commits to Division 1 Lindenwood University

By James Murphy Boston Shamrocks goaltender Lauren Hennessey (Lynnfield, MA) has committed to Division 1 Women's... Read More »

Shamrocks Sweep Non-League Weekend

By James Murphy The Boston Shamrocks U19 team exploded for 11 goals in two games over... 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

 


PODCAST: Boston Shamrocks Coaches Sean Fisher And Jordan Leigh-Hampton On Women's And Girls Hockey

In the latest Murphy's Hockey Law Podcast, Jimmy Murphy sits down with Boston Shamrocks Director Of Hockey Operations and U19 Head Coach Sean Fisher and Assistant Coach Jordan Leigh-Hampton to discuss the growth of girls and women's hockey in North America and beyond.

Fisher discusses his rise up the coaching ladder to his current job with the Shamrocks in the JWHL and how the growth of the women's game from grassroots to juniors to the Olympics and now to two pro leagues has affected his career. Leigh-Hampton does the same and also discusses her playing career that took her from the backyard rinks in Foxboro, Mass. to North Dakota to patrolling the blue line for the Boston Blades of the CWHL.

  Listen to the Shamrocks Coaches' Podcast.

TOP NEWS STORIES

Shamrocks' Alumna Abbott Earns Third NEWHL Goalie of the Week Honor

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For the third time this year, Shamrocks' Alumna and junior goaltender, Kassi Abbott (North Billerica, Mass.) of the Plattsburgh State women's ice hockey team has been named the Northeast Women's Hockey League (NEWHL) Goalie of the Week, earning the honor for the period ending Dec. 10, 2017. 

She also earned NEWHL Goalie of the Week recognition on November 27 and October 30. 

Abbott registered her NCAA Division III-leading fifth shutout of the season on Saturday, helping Plattsburgh State defeat Trinity (Conn.) 3-0. She recorded 22 saves and earned her first career assist in the victory. 

Among the Division III leaders, Abbott currently leads the nation in save percentage (.971) and ranks third in goals-against average (0.72). She has posted a shutout in each of her past four starts. 

No. 3 ranked Plattsburgh State Cardinals (9-2-0, 6-0-0 NEWHL) next competes at the Norwich East-West Hockey Classic from Sunday-Monday, January 7-8, and will face host and No. 1 ranked Norwich University Cadets on Sunday, January 7, at 2 p.m. to open the event.

 

Lauren Hennessey Commits to Division 1 Lindenwood University

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
A Proud Lauren Hennessey (Center) with Boston Shamrocks GM Bob Rotondo (Left) and Shamrocks Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Sean Fisher (Right).

By James Murphy

Boston Shamrocks goaltender Lauren Hennessey (Lynnfield, MA) has committed to Division 1 Women's Hockey program Lindenwood University located in  St. Charles, Missouri. The Lady Lions play in College Hockey America (CHA) and are coached by Scott Spencer.  Spencer has coached women's college hockey for eleven seasons.

The Lindenwood women's ice hockey team practice and play their home games at their own Lindenwood University Ice Arena.   The facility features two NHL Size 85' x 200' rinks and is open year round.  The Lindenwood University Athletics Department has grown significantly over the past two decades, going from just a few sports to having one of the largest Athletics Departments in the nation.  Lindenwood has 27 sports competing in the NCAA.  Lindenwood also offers a variety of sports outside of the NCAA, most of which are among the top programs in their respective national and conference organizations.

Hennessey is the first Shamrock to sign with Lindenwood and will begin playing with the NCAA Division 1 Lady Lions in January.  "We are incredibly proud of Lauren," Shamrocks head coach and Director of Hockey Operations Sean Fisher said recently. "She has worked incredibly hard in her short time here with me and this program and we are so unbelievably proud of her athletic and academic accomplishments.  We know she will represent our program well at the Division 1 collegiate level.  We wish her all the best in her future athletic and academic endeavors and will be cheering her loudly!"

 

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.

 

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.”

 

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.