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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:


 
 
 

Coccolutto Moves Up To U19 Elite Team

By James Murphy Lauren Coccolutto likes to consider herself a lifer with the Boston Shamrocks organization.... Read More »

Shamrocks Were Galanos' Second Home On Her Way To Earning A College Scholarship

By James Murphy After notching a hat trick against the Boston Shamrocks while playing for her... Read More »

Coach Corl Urges Girls To Play For The Shamrocks Sooner Rather Than Later

By James Murphy Molly Corl is not only a coach for the Boston Shamrocks but she... Read More »

Pion Joins Shamrocks Coaching Staff

By James Murphy As many girls players do, Shamrocks new U16 Assistant Coach Samantha Pion had... Read More »

Shamrocks Finish Atlantic Invitational 1-1-1

By James Murphy The weather may be finally changing to summer like temps in the Greater... Read More »

2017 Shamrocks Atlantic Invitational Final Results & Standings

2017 Shamrocks Atlantic Invitational FINAL Results Friday, June 2, 20178:00 pm   New England Hockey Club (1)  vs. Team... Read More »

Boston Shamrocks Seek Billet Families

The Boston Shamrocks are now accepting host family applications for the 2017-18 hockey season.  In... Read More »

Ontario Native Named Director Of Hockey Operations

By James Murphy Growing up in one of Canada's most historic cities, Kingston, Ontario, Sean Fisher... Read More »

Shamrocks Provide Academic Support, Answers and College Counseling For Players and Parents

By James Murphy After graduating summa cum laude, majoring in Biology and minoring in mathematics and... Read More »

JWHL Welcomes New Members For 2017-18 Season

The Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL), which recently concluded it's 10th season of operation, is... Read More »

Jr. Shamrocks Alumnae Maggie Salmon ECAC Women's West Defensive Player of the Year

Medford, Mass. native and William Smith College goalie Maggie Salmon was named ECAC Women's West 2016-17... Read More »

 



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Boston Shamrocks Seek Billet Families

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Boston Shamrocks are now accepting host family applications for the 2017-18 hockey season.  In preparing for their 10th JWHL season Director of Hockey Operations Sean Fisher is searching for families willing to open their homes and host Shamrocks players. 

The Shamrocks consist of some 40 high-school and post high school age players from across the United States, Canada and, at times, Europe.  The goal of Shamrocks Hockey is to provide its athletes with the best education possible while teaching them the necessary skills and knowledge required to become an elite hockey player.  Through the sport of hockey the Shamrocks teach its athletes teamwork, leadership, and respect while taking part in the experience of a lifetime.

Billet families play a vital role in the ultimate success of Shamrocks athletes.  Billet families provide strong role models, authority figures and a supportive family environment that will make a significant difference in the lives of these young women who have left their families to pursue their dreams.  The benefits derived by players from their billet families are truly immeasurable.

Billet families provide the player with her own room and furniture, nutritious meals and snacks, laundry and the general overall comforts of  home.  The player and her family are responsible for covering the costs of her own personal needs. In return host families receive a monthly stipend to help offset expenses or possibly a discount off their Shamrocks tuition.

For a billet family application, or for more information about the Boston Shamrocks Billet Family Program, please contact Shamrocks Director of Hockey Operations Sean Fisher at SFisher@BostonShamrocks.net or call 978-729-7863.

 

Ontario Native Named Director Of Hockey Operations

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Boston Shamrocks New Director Of Hockey Operations Sean Fisher

By James Murphy

Growing up in one of Canada's most historic cities, Kingston, Ontario, Sean Fisher aspired to be a history teacher and that's why he majored in History at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Fisher also loved hockey like any good Canadian does but since Sudbury didn't have a varsity team, he played at the club level. As he realized that maybe a career as a history professor wasn't going to happen, Fisher discovered a way he could combine both his passion for teaching and for hockey and started to coach as an Assistant Coach with the Sudbury Wolves Bantam AAA team. 

After a successful season with the Wolves, in which six of his players went on to get drafted into the OHL, Fisher knew he had found his calling and headed home to Kingston following graduation, landing a job with a local girls team, the Kingston Ice Wolves Midget team. Fisher immediately loved the learning environment of girls hockey and was on the move again, this time to Winnipeg where he took a job as a hockey instructor with the Canlan Ice Sports. That led to coaching gigs with Shaftsbury High School and the Winnipeg East Saints girls AAA Midget team. Fisher's hard work and coaching got noticed by the University of Winnipeg Women's head coach Jon Rempel and before he knew it, Fisher was an Assistant Coach on Rempel's staff, learning video editing, coaching the special teams and helping the team to two 19-win seasons, a No.4 National ranking and the second best power play, which was the architect of. 

Through the small world that hockey is, Shamrocks Owner and General Manager Bob Rotondo found Fisher and brought him to Wilmington to become the new Director Of Hockey Operations. Fisher is already hard at work recruiting for the Shamrocks and he couldn't be more excited to start working with his new players.  "I'm excited to get started!" Fisher exclaimed. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't itching for the first of September and to get into some games. But the thing we talk about a lot here is building 'People. Culture. Brand.' Those are the pillars that we value most in the organization.  And furthering those ideals is my most important goal now that I'm here with the Shamrocks."

One of the reasons, Fisher stayed on the girls side of hockey was what he termed an eagerness to learn.  "I really like the eagerness to learn from the female side of the game," Fisher said. "Their willingness to learn. Their desire to get better. They're far more receptive to feedback I find."

That is why communication will be a key element of Fisher's approach with the Shamrocks.  "It's a two-way street," Fisher said. "The thing I always tell players is, I'm going to ask you questions; I'm going to prod you and I'm going to try and get what I can out of you, but I'm also not a mind reader. So if there's something going on. ..any good coach is going to build dialogue with their players early and often and maintain that throughout the season and that's the goal for myself and our entire staff."

But one of the most important things Fisher plans to convey to his players here in Boston is that he is not only here to make them better hockey players but also to help them mature into well-rounded young women.  "We're building positive young women to go to make the move into society, more so than we're building hockey players," Fisher said. 

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Coach Corl Urges Girls To Play For The Shamrocks Sooner Rather Than Later

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Boston Shamrocks Coach Molly Corl

By James Murphy

Molly Corl is not only a coach for the Boston Shamrocks but she is also a charter member and was instrumental in helping Owner, President and General Manager Bob Rotondo start the now extremely successful girls junior hockey franchise.  "I was the guinea pig so to speak, for the Boston Shamrocks," Corl told features writer James Murphy.

After moving from Raleigh, NC to Newbury, MA at the young age of three, Boston Shamrocks coach Molly Corl, found herself on skates within a year as a figure skater and by age six, she had made the switch from white to black skates and started playing hockey as a defenseman on the Triton Youth Hockey Boys team. Then by age 12, Corl was playing for the Chelmsford Lions girls team and by 13, she started playing for some of Rotondo's select and travel teams. Fast forward to her senior year of high school and Corl found herself living in Shelburne, Ontario and playing for a junior team called the Toronto Rattlers.

"I've known Bob since I was 13 years old and I played for him on different tournament teams and I got to know him very well," Corl explained. "Then this opportunity came up and he sent me up there. I knew I was going to go to St. A's [Saint Anslem's] so this would be a good year to develop as a player and a person. So he sent me up there to basically evaluate and see what we could change and do here as a program."

One of those the biggest aspects of the experience that stuck with Corl and that she made sure would be different for the Shamrocks, was the living situation. While playing for Toronto, Corl and her teammates resided in an elementary school, in tiny cubicles. "It was a very interesting living situation," Corl said with a laugh. That is one of the reasons the Shamrocks offer such a great housing set-up and when that is full, an unbelievable billet program. 

Other areas of focus when Corl returned were workouts and education. With Toronto, Corl was strictly online education and she made sure that was not going to be the case with the Shamrocks.  "I wanted to make sure we had structure and that's why we brought in Hannah Iriving," Corl said. "She has been amazing and the glue that keeps that part of the team together."

Once her recon project for the Shamrocks with Toronto was done, it was on to Saint Anslem's where Corl played both forward and defense for the womens team from 2008-2012. After a post-grad year playing over in Prague, Rotondo reached out to Corl to see if she wanted to become a permanent part of the Shamrocks organization as a U16 team coach. She accepted and has been here ever since. She's thrilled to be part of the organization and urges any girls thinking of coming to Boston to play for the Shamrocks to do it "sooner rather than later.  The more experience you have in a program like this the better development you'll have as a player and a person," Corl said. 

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Coccolutto Moves Up To U19 Elite Team

Monday, July 17, 2017
Boston Shamrocks Defenseman Lauren Coccolutto

By James Murphy

Lauren Coccolutto likes to consider herself a lifer with the Boston Shamrocks organization. The Saugus, Mass. native has worn a Shamrocks jersey since seventh grade and recently as she prepared to enter her senior year and make the jump from the Under 16 to the Under 19 team, the 17-year old blueliner took some time to reflect on why she joined and has stayed with the Shamrocks for so long.  "They give a lot of opportunities that you can take advantage of and they're willing to work with you," Coccolutto said. "There's always ice open to come skate if you need to work on something. They also have academic support here. There's the tutors they have for SAT's and ACT's if you need it too."

That support has been a tremendous help to Coccolutto, who has been a commuter student-athlete attending Bishop Fenwick High School, had to learn how to balance playing for the Shamrocks and school a bit more on her own than some of her teammates who chose the online schooling route the team offers.  "I learned to do a lot on my own and ended up working independently, making sure I stayed on track and developing time management," she said. "They [Shamrocks] understand that in between games, I have to do work and keep up. It's good."

When Coccolutto started playing hockey, she was a forward, but as she became more involved with the Shamrocks and specifically longtime coach Molly Corl, she switched back to defense.  "I've been working with her since I was really little," she said of Corl. "Molly was our coach last year and I really got along with her."

But Coccolutto hasn't lost her offensive flair and has learned how to maintain that in her game.  "I'm more offensive, like to rush, like to pinch and stay in the play," Coccolutto said. "Last year, my D partner and I worked really well together. She was also very offensive but we learned how to balance that where someone would stay back and someone would go, so it worked well."

This summer, Coccolutto has been able to continue to polish her overall game with new Shamrocks Director Of Hockey Operations, Sean Fisher.  "I actually went skating with him a lot recently," she said of Fisher. "He's already really helped with the college process. He really stays on top of it, helps you out and is willing to be there."

Fisher shared similar praise for her.  “Lauren brings a different element to our defence core - she is a good skating defensemen that has the ability to retrieve pucks quickly and jump in the play in different situations.  She will allow our team to incorporate different 4 point attack strategies and we are lucky to have her back for her senior year!

Coccolutto is excited for the season ahead but she realizes playing for the U 19 team will present it's challenges and she is ready to tackle them head on.  "Joining the team was definitely more like junior hockey," Coccolutto said. "It's a lot faster and more demanding, so taking what I learned last year will be good going into this year. The people you're playing against are a lot more skillful. The schedule is a lot more intense. It goes from practicing all week, to being away all weekend and then being ready to get right back into it."

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Shamrocks Were Galanos' Second Home On Her Way To Earning A College Scholarship

Friday, July 7, 2017
Shamrocks Alumnae, and Bowdoin College Scholarship Recipient, Meggan Galanos

By James Murphy

After notching a hat trick against the Boston Shamrocks while playing for her local team back in eighth grade, a Shamrocks coach approached Meggan Galanos to see if she'd be interested in joining the blossoming girls junior program based at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA. 

"I remember I met Bob [Rotondo], and I was a little bit scared at first but there is just a big sense of structure here and that really caught my eye," the New Hampshire native recalled. "Then definitely meeting [Coaches] Molly Corl and Abbey Gauthier; I had them for the first four years and had a great connection with them."

Now after playing for the U14's and U19's Shamrocks teams, Galanos finds herself headed to Bowdoin in the fall after earning a scholarship from the women's hockey team there. According to Galanos, if she hadn't listened when the Shamrocks came knocking, she likely wouldn't be preparing to play college hockey and get a first class education at Bowdoin.  "I don't think so," she replied when asked if her scholarship could've happened if she didn't come to play for the Shamrocks. "I think coming here, I got the best of both worlds. With the training here, not only did I become better at hockey but like I said, the structure here; the perseverance; they teach you how to respect the teachers, the coaches and your teammates. Bob definitely requires strong moral character and that helped me."

Another thing that Rotondo and his staff emphasize is the importance of education and while hard at times, Galanos embraced their approach and is a better student-athlete for it.  "It was difficult balancing both but Bob encourages that and being a student-athlete," she said. "I always wanted a challenging experience academically and in hockey, and I felt doing both would help me prep for college and be ready. I would have to do a lot of homework on bus rides which was tedious, but it was definitely worth it in the long run."

Hannah Irving and the entire organization keep tabs on every student-athlete with the Shamrocks and make sure they're not falling behind in their studies.  "If you fall behind in your homework or school, then you can't go to practice and if you don't practice, you can't play in the games," Galanos pointed out.  So for potential Shamrocks reading this, Galanos urges you to come here with an open mind, ready to work on and off the ice and to embrace the family like community the staff tries to create for all of it's players.

"I think the first thing for being a good hockey player is that you have to accept criticism, otherwise you're not going to get better," Galanos said. "But with the Shamrocks, it's a second home, I was probably here more than my actual home, and that helps you definitely develop, become a stronger student and ultimately be ready for college."

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Shamrocks Provide Academic Support, Answers and College Counseling For Players and Parents

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Boston Shamrocks Academic Coordinator Hannah Irving

By James Murphy

After graduating summa cum laude, majoring in Biology and minoring in mathematics and chemistry, from Franklin Pierce University, Hannah Irving decided she wanted to give back what she learned and had a passion for, becoming a high school tutor working mostly with athletes. Not long after that, Irving was approached by the Boston Shamrocks about their open Academic Coordinator position and she immediately knew this was the job for her!

"Education is really important to me and when I started privately tutoring after college, most of the students I was working with were athletes," explained Irving.  "So when I came across this opportunity with the Shamrocks to work as the Math and Science tutor, it instantly grabbed my attention. I just thought it was such a great opportunity to work with this group of girls who are so dedicated to their athletics but obviously needed to keep education at the forefront as well."

Irving has embraced the ever-changing challenges of working for a hockey program that says goodbye to a team every season and hello to another.  "One of the things I love about working for the team is that we do have a different group of girls coming in each season and that gives me the opportunity to get to know another group of girls and their strengths and their weaknesses and how I can be of the utmost help to each girl individually," Irving said. "I really enjoy being able to see things, particularly in math, where I have a student whose like 'I just don't get it, I just don't get it, I just don't get it' and then that light bulb goes off. It's really rewarding and I'm grateful to be a part of it.

What Hannah is also grateful for is being able to not only serve as an education resource but sometimes a break from what at times, can be a struggle on the ice and in life in general for these dedicated student-athletes.  "The girls are here to play hockey and that's what's most important in their mind," Irving said. "I do try and stress the fact that being with us, with school for the day can be a break from that and opportunity to leave whatever happened on the ice behind them, take a step away from that and then put their attention and their efforts into their school work. Hopefully that will provide them with an opportunity to then do some better work on the ice that afternoon."

If the girls ever struggle with their studies though, Irving and her team are always ready to turn things around and get them back on track.  "Particularly for girls that are online students, that transition can be a difficult one," Irving pointed out. "So more often than not we'll see those struggles come through right away at the beginning of the season as these girls are getting started in their online high school career. So what I try and do to help them is just offer as much support as possible. I have a staff of tutors who work for the team providing additional support in that way, or some additional time with me. I do anything I can that's going to help their understanding of any given material in order to be successful."

As the Academic Coordinator, Hannah is also the contact person for players and parents with questions and concerns about academics. She has become an invaluable asset in helping players navigate the NCAA Eligibility Center and assisting with the college application process.

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