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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:


 
 
 





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Bring On The Season: Shamrocks Reinvigorated With New Team, Staff, and Attitude

Friday, August 11, 2017

By James Murphy

The Boston Shamrocks are preparing for the 2017-18 season with a new Director Of Hockey Operations at the helm of their Under-19 and Under-16 women's teams.  Kingston, Ont., native Sean Fisher was recently brought in from the University of Manitoba.  He and his coaching staff of Molly Corl, Abby Gauthier and Samantha Pion have instantly gelled. They are united in helping the Shamrocks organization continue to achieve their goals and be one of the best teams in the Junior Women's Hockey League.

“The Shamrocks elite-level JWHL teams are definitely headed in the right direction with the depth of talent that we have in our ranks,” said Fisher to USA Junior Hockey Magazine recently. “Our No. 1 goal for the year is to help build a long-term sustainable plan for the Shamrocks organization that encompasses all facets of running an elite level women's hockey program.  Everything the Shamrocks organization does is geared towards the promotion of players to the collegiate level,” said Fisher. “The development of the complete college-ready player with both how they play and think the game is a major priority for the entire Shamrocks staff.”

The Under-19 team has undergone a complete makeover. The previous coaching done by Corl and Gauthier made the construction of the 2017-18 roster as seamless as possible.  The Shamrocks were able to transition a group of players from the Under-16 team as well as bring in recruits from elsewhere, specifically a Canadian contingent Fisher was familiar with from his time coaching in Manitoba.  “We are excited about the former U16's that have moved up to the U19 team. The fact they are ready to make a significant contribution is a full credit to the coaching team of Molly Corl and Abby Gauthier at the U16 level the last couple years,” Fisher said. “We will also bring in a number of Canadian players to round out the U19 roster. We'll have pretty dynamic players at every position.”

Fisher has brought in a new contingent of Canadian players. Julie Alberts, Ashley Hirschfield, Trechelle Bunn, Taylor Tom, Keyara and Keyanna Lea, Mya Jorgenson, Carrigan Umpherville and Shayna Moore have all arrived in Boston ready to meet, practice and play with their fellow Shamrocks teammates.  “[They are] all quality hockey players that will benefit greatly from the facilities, services and exposure that the Shamrocks Hockey Club can provide,” Fisher said, of the Canadian seven.

These signings are a perfect example of why Shamrocks owner Bob Rotondo brought Fisher on board and his new colleagues are happy to have him as Corl and Gauthier pointed out recently, noting the structure and recruiting skills Fisher brings.  “Sean has been awesome so far and definitely brought an immediate sense of organization to the Shamrocks,” Corl said. “It's always nice to have a breath of fresh air come in with new ideas and ways to do things. Abby and I have been very open to seeing what he has to bring to the table and we are lucky to have Sean.”

Fisher meanwhile could not be more pleased and appreciative of the foundation that Corl and Gauthier laid down when they helped build the Shamrocks organization into what it is today and how they've maintained the fundamental values and goals of the program both at the U19 and U16 levels.  “It has been a pleasure to get to work with Molly Corl and Abby Gauthier in my short four months with the organization,” Fisher said. “Both are hard-working staff members, with strong playing backgrounds that clearly have built quality relationships with the players in our organization.  The talent that is moving to the U19 team and the talent that is returning to the U16 team is a testament to the job they did!” added Fisher.

For Gauthier and Corl, it's all part of the job of coaching, nurturing and preparing their student-athletes for the next chapter in their lives.  “Being a hockey coach for several years, you prepare for and adapt to certain situations,” Gauthier said. “What you make of it is what counts. We have built several lasting relationships with families here at the Shamrocks, and that has definitely worked in our favor.”

The players moving up from the U16 squad to the U19 this season are Julia Masotta, Shea Verrier, Lauren Coccolutto, Kaleigh Cadorette, Kailey DeSantes and Madison Nichols. Returning to the U16 squad are Sheridan Terrazano, Jackie Lees, Sydney Vautour, Riley Nichols, Mia Buenarosa and Dena Akers.  The Shamrocks also welcomed new U16 assistant coach Samantha Pion, who will bring a lot of knowledge of the game to the organization.  “Going into this off-season, we were excited for the opportunity to move up a good amount of our U16's and players that have been in the organization,” Corl said. “We were also very optimistic to bring in new players that fit what we want out of our organization. We are very excited going into the season with the rosters that we have, and we are very excited to work with this great group of girls.”

Another key to this latest roster transformation and pushing the organization forward has once again been the leadership and stewardship of Rotondo. Constantly working, innovating and adapting, Rotondo remains the backbone of this organization and that has not gone unnoticed by his staff.  “Bob is Bob. He always finds a way,” Gauthier said. “That's why Molly and I look up to him so much, because he has that ‘never back down or give up' attitude about him and is relentless. I continue to learn from him each day I'm in the organization.  All along, Bob has always been there for the girls,” she said. “Bob has been a constant and is in it for all of the right reasons. He is always honest with people about expectations and realities. Bob is truly in this for the girls, and for their development not only on the ice but also off the ice.”

Fisher has seen the same from his new boss and is appreciative of Rotondo allowing him to come in, implement and execute his plan.  “Bob has been fully supportive of me in the role I have with the club,” Fisher added. “He has allowed me to bring in players from all across North America. The fact he has shown the confidence in me to do the job allows me to be the best hockey coach I can be. At the end of the day, that is what is best for our players. What I admire most about Bob is the fact that he never wavers in putting the player first.”

The Shamrocks, with Rotondo at the helm, and with Fisher, Corl and Gauthier working together with their new rosters, are ready to play some hockey, compete with the best in the JWHL and, of course, help place their players in the best possible spot to live the next chapter of their lives.

 

Shamrocks' Alumnae Rachael Ade Signs Pro Contract

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

Boston Shamrocks' Alumnae 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. 

 

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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The Life of Shamrocks House Parents

Thursday, August 10, 2017
The Shamrocks Residence Hall is a fully restored 15 room Victorian on a large grassy lot in a quiet historic neighborhood.

By James Murphy

Pam and Joe Abbott have been house parents for the Boston Shamrocks unofficially for six years and officially for the last two years at the Shamrocks Residence Hall in North Billerica. Their daughter Kassie Abbott started playing hockey as a goalie for Bob Rotondo in his PuckStoppers Academy ten years ago and over the last ten years, Kassie - now 20 - became a star goaltender for the Shamrocks Under 16 and then Under 19 teams and is now a two-time Division 3 champion with the Plattsburgh Cardinals women's hockey program. Pam and Joe will have 16 girls under their watch this season and couldn't be happier to welcome new players every year.

The Shamrocks Residence Hall is a fully restored 15 room Victorian on a large grassy, shaded lot in a quiet historic district directly across the street from the Fire Department. The house features large, bright rooms, newly updated kitchen, large dining room, quiet study areas, multiple bath rooms, laundry facilities, and a common room with large screen TV.  For those players living at the team's residence hall, travel to and from school, as well as the rink and training facilities, is provided by the Shamrocks.

"When Kass was here, the girls lived far from home and living at the house, there was a bunch of girls and every now and then we'd take a couple of them that would need a little family time," Pam recalled. "So we'd take two, three, bring them to the house and they'd stay for the weekend. We'd bring them apple picking or we'd take them to the amusement park or spooky world. It gave them a little family time and it made them feel better. The parents were appreciative. If they were having a hard time, they'd call me up and say 'listen, could you take so-and-so this weekend because they're really missing home'. So I would just go over to Bob and ask if we could take her and he'd say 'sure' and that's how we started doing it."

As Joe pointed out, these girls aren't just players and students, they're humans and they're maturing girls trying to find their way. The Abbott's are thrilled to be helping them do just that, through both the good and bad times.  "Sometimes it's easy to forget when you see them just as hockey players, that they are kids," Joe pointed out. "When you're whatever miles from home sometimes it's like 'I don't want to be around anybody, I just had a bad game.' So it's nice to be able to walk away and just regroup, not deal with the hockey side of things and just be a kid."

The Abbott's make sure to keep the girls on a strict schedule and as Pam pointed out above, they also make sure the girls take time to breath and have some fun. All of it has amounted to a rewarding experience for both the girls and the Abbott's themselves.

"The growth is the best part," Joe said. "Just the human growth. You're seeing somebody where it's like a seed turning into a flower. It's just amazing!"  And the Abbott's make sure they keep up with that growth and love maintaining relationships with their former housemates from the Shamrocks Residence Hall.

"The lucky thing is that because Kassie still plays college hockey, I get to see a lot of these girls still," Pam said. "They'll either play against her or they'll play here locally. So we go to see them. I still talk to most of the girls from last year. I keep up with what's going on and 'how ya doing?' and 'how's your family' and you just have that. ...they're like your kids. I tell people 'I may have just one child but I also have kids all over the country' and I still even talk to a girl from the Czech Republic."

This connection and the experience former Shamrocks have gained under the Abbott's watch doesn't go unnoticed by the parents.  "The amount of emails and text messages that we got last year at the end of the season when the girls all went home, you kind of get teary-eyed reading them," Pam said. "It's so nice that they saw a difference in them after being reluctant sending them away when they didn't know us."

As Joe pointed out, when girls live at the Shamrocks Residence Hall, they enter a family atmosphere and they leave as family.  "It's not just random people living in a house, it's a family unit that's already there, that has a child and knows what it's like when someone goes away," Joe pointed out.

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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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