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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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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."

 

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.