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Ontario Native Named Director Of Hockey Operations

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 2:19PM
Boston Shamrocks New Director Of Hockey Operations Sean Fisher

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 John 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. 

 

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 10:39AM
Boston Shamrocks Academic Coordinator Hannah Irving

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."

 

JWHL Welcomes New Members For 2017-18 Season

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 1:19PM

The Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL), which recently concluded it's 10th season of operation, is excited to add new teams and expand divisions for next season.

"The JWHL is excited to add the Little Caesars Hockey Club (Detroit, Michigan USA) at the 14, 16 and 19 Divisions," announced JWHL co-founders Kush Sidhu of the Washington (DC) Pride and Bill Driscoll of the North American Hockey Academy (NAHA, Stowe VT). "With Little Caesars ties to the Detroit Red Wings organization, we're adding the strength of a NHL Original-Six club, and a great youth hockey organization."

“Joining the JWHL is a very positive step for our Little Caesars Girls Program in terms of exposure, competition and opportunity,” said Manon Rheaume, Leader of the Little Caesars Girls Program. “It is another example of our commitment to the development of our players on and off the ice, as we look to help them reach the next level of their playing careers at the collegiate level, while furthering their education off the ice.”

"We believe in the vision and opportunity to grow and promote the game of hockey with likeminded teams," said Kris Draper, Assistant to the General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings.”

The Ottawa 67s (Ottawa, Ontario Canada) brand has a storied history in Canada, and the Lady 67s while relatively new, are a very deep organization who will be able to offer the top level of competition in North America to their strong organization of girls hockey. The 67s will join the JWHL in the 19 Division.

"The Lady 67's primary goal is a commitment to the development of its young women and joining the JWHL will play a big role in that," said Tim Belanger, Director of the Ottawa Lady 67s. "Our organization strives to develop its players not only hockey-wise, but also with respect to life skills which will benefit them after hockey."

Newbridge Academy (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia Canada), with 10 years of experience serving Atlantic Canada on the boy's side, is a young but quickly emerging program in the girl's hockey world. With deep hockey roots Newbridge Academy, who moves into their new school this fall, is excited to join the 16 & 14 Divisions of the JWHL.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to play in a league that cares about the development of the women's game," said Newbridge Academy's Paddy Flynn, Director of Varsity Hockey Programs. "Joining the JWHL will support the schools efforts to grow and maximize our growing visibility in the female hockey community, and it gives our female student-athletes a great opportunity as they continue their development in academics and athletics."

Existing JWHL member Chicago Young Americans (CYA) announced they plans to add its 16 team to that division beginning next season.

"The JWHL is excited to welcome these new teams," said JWHL co-founders Bill Driscoll (North American Hockey Academy) and Kush Sidhu (Washington Pride). "The teams in the JWHL share a common philosophy of developing their female athletes and being a steppingstone for many of the girls to college hockey and for some of the top players to their National Team programs."

For more details, please visit www.jwhl.org.

 

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 1:18PM

Medford, Mass. native and William Smith College goalie Maggie Salmon was named ECAC Women's West 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year after a brilliant campaign for the Herons. Before moving onto William Smith, Salmon played four years with the Boston Jr. Shamrocks and received goalie training at Puckstoppers from Bob Rotondo.

Salmon appeared in 18 contests and accumulated a 6-8-4 mark in those outings while compiling a 1.92 goals-against average and .951 save percentage. The junior led all ECAC Women’s West goalies with 656 saves, and ranked second in the league and eighth nationally in save percentage at the end of the regular season. She is the first William Smith player to earn an ECAC Women’s West major award.

 

Shamrocks Celebrate 2016-17 Seniors Day With Green/White Game

Monday, February 27, 2017, 1:43PM

 2016-17 Boston Shamrocks Seniors

   

 

 

Watch Ristuccia Arena Action Live & On Demand

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 9:57AM

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Shamrocks Bring Sled Hockey To Fenway Park

Monday, January 16, 2017, 12:06PM

For what maybe the first time in park history, sled hockey was played this past Sunday at Fenway Park when the Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Team played a Green/White intersquad game during the 2017 edition of Frozen Fenway in front of a great crowd of parents, siblings and friends.

According to head coach Nick McCommings, "All [the] Shamrocks played a great game! It was very exciting to see [everyone] applying what [they] have learned and practiced over the past many months. [They] impressed a great many people who have never seen sled hockey played before. The skating was fast paced, passing was impressive and anticipation is getting much better."

The Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Program is a totally free program based out of the Allied Memorial Veterans Rink in Everett, Massachusetts. To make all of this happen we ask for your support!

Click here to reach the Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Crowdfunding Page.
 

Please Donate… Free Sled Hockey Crowdfunding Page Launched

Friday, January 13, 2017, 2:06PM

The Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Program is a totally free program based out of the Allied Memorial Veterans Rink at 65 Elm Street in Everett, Massachusetts. It is Beantown’s home for competitive sled hockey. The Shamrocks Sled Hockey program is for both the experienced and novice sled hockey player. The Shamrocks Sled Hockey Team plays in the Northeast Sled Hockey League (NESHL). The Boston Shamrocks also hold free sled hockey sessions for those who would like to put their disabilities on ice, grab a sled and a couple of sticks and experience sled hockey for either their first time or their hundredth time. Parents, kids, teenagers and their family members with and without disabilities are also welcome to try out sled hockey for free!

As a member of the NESHL, the Shamrocks Sled Hockey Team is required to travel to many different states. The team also competes in tournaments that require extensive travel. It also requires the use of equipment specific to sled hockey. Sled hockey has a small variety of equipment suppliers to provide the sleds, sticks, and picks that are unique to sled hockey. To make all of this happen we ask for your support! Contributions allow the team to compete, travel and continue to provide the opportunity for athletes of all abilities to find their strength through hockey!

Click here to reach the Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Crowdfunding Page or here for Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey website BostonShamrocksSledHockey.org.
 

Shamrocks Alumnae Meet Up On Collegiate Ice

Monday, January 9, 2017, 11:33AM

 Shamrocks Alumnae Ally Oleary, Maddi Litchfield, Rachel Ade and Jesse Jacques

Former Shamrocks Ally Oleary, Maddi Litchfield, and Rachel Ade, of the University of Vermont womens hockey team, travelled over the weekend with their Catamounts' teammates for a two game weekend series against former Shamrocks alumnae Jesse Jacques and her University of Maine Black Bears. The Catamonts returned home with two wins.

 

2017 Shamrocks Invitational Showcase Results & Final Standings

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 11:57AM

2017 Shamrocks Invitational Showcase Results

Friday, January 6, 2017

  • 6:20 pm   Rice Knights (1) vs Walpole Express (4)

Saturday, January 7, 2017 

  • 8:30 am   Boston Shamrocks U17 (3) vs Walpole Express (3)
  • 10:00 am Boston Shamrocks U19 (6) vs Rice Knights (0)
  • 6:00 pm   Boston Shamrocks U19 (5) vs Boston Shamrocks U17 (2)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

  • 8:00 am   Rice Knights (2) vs Boston Shamrocks U17 (6)
  • 9:30 am   Boston Shamrocks U19 (2) vs Walpole Express (1)

2017 Shamrocks Invitational Showcase FINAL Standings

Pos.  Team GP Pts. W L T   GF GA    Dif.
1 Boston Shamrocks U19  3 6 3 0  0    13   3  +10
2 Walpole Express 3 3 1 1  1     8   6    +2
3 Boston Shamrocks U17 3 3 1 1  1    11 10    +1
4 Rice Knights 3 0 0 3  0     3 16   -13