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

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 11:02AM
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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Pion Joins Shamrocks Coaching Staff

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9:08AM
Boston Shamrocks New U16 Assistant Coach Samantha Pion

By James Murphy

As many girls players do, Shamrocks new U16 Assistant Coach Samantha Pion had her work carved out for her breaking into hockey. Not only was she a girl having - like so many of her fellow hockey sisterhood - playing on a boys team when she started, but she was playing in Western Massachusetts, where hockey in general is a niche sport, let alone girls hockey! But fueled by her Dad's passion for the game, despite he himself never playing, and her brother playing, Pion put her own passion and hard work into it and pursued a career in the sport. 

"My father always wanted to play hockey when he was little but he couldn't get into it because his parents said it was too dangerous," the Easthampton, MA native recalled. "So when my older brother was born, he got into it right away and I always watched him play. I always loved seeing him play and wanted to be on the ice as soon as possible. So when I was two-years old, almost three, I got on the ice and never looked back."

Pion started her playing career for a boys club team called the Nonotuck Knights and stayed there until she was 12. She then joined the Springfield Pics girls team and another boys team, the Tri City Thunder based in Holyoke and Chicopee. From there it was on to high school and Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. After a successful career at Proctor, Pion attended Castleton University in Vermont. During her summer breaks in college, Pion helped coach the East Coast Militia summer tournament girls team. She instantly grew a love for coaching and hasn't stopped since, spending a year as an assistant behind the Plymouth State Women's team after graduating from Castleton, before being hired by the Shamrocks this past spring. 

She plans to apply her early coaching experience here with the Shamrocks and hopefully give her players a glimpse into what the college programs are looking for.  "I love it, I love being on the bench and I love being with the girls, giving them a chance to develop," Pion said. "At Plymouth, it was more of a building program than what I was used to at Castleton, so I was able to take what I knew and experienced at Castleton - because a lot of the girls at Plymouth had never experienced it - and look at it from a more experienced point of view. By coaching in college I know now more what the coaches there are actually looking for. Instead of just playing in college, I actually coached a year, so I feel like I know more what they're looking for and I definitely feel like I can help the girls get to that next level."

If her new players here with the Boston Shamrocks, want to get to that next level then Pion is confident her and the coaching staff here can make that happen.  "We all know how to prepare you for and get you to the next level," Pion said. "So if that's where you want to be, then we can get you there."

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Shamrocks Finish Atlantic Invitational 1-1-1

Thursday, June 8, 2017, 9:32AM
Boston Shamrocks Greet Team Pacific Before Their Atlantic Invitational Game.

By James Murphy

The weather may be finally changing to summer like temps in the Greater Boston area but before it stopped feeling like hockey season in June, the Shamrocks actually got some hockey in as they hosted the Atlantic Invitational at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA June 3-4. The host team went 1-1-1 with some really positive signs for new head coach and Director Of Hockey Operations, Sean Fisher.

"I was quite happy with the weekend," Fisher said.  "As a team we had three competitive games, and allowed our players to showcase themselves in front of many NCAA coaches who were in attendance."

The Shamrocks had a double-header Saturday, beating Pacific AAA 3-2 and then tying New England Hockey Club 1-1. In the win, the Shamrocks were able to overcome a short bench and come from behind and win with two goals from Julia Masotta who scored the game-tying and game-winning goals. Ava Hills was solid between the net in the win. In tie with NEHC, Kasey Libby got the call between the pipes and also was solid giving her team a chance to win. But unfortunately - and despite Shea Varrier being a scoring threat every shift she took - Boston could only muster one goal, with Cassidy Grunning lighting the lamp.

On Sunday, the Shamrocks took on the highly skilled NEWHL Juniors and fell just short in a 4-3 loss. Kaleigh Cadorette showed plenty of promise in the defeat, playing strong in all three zones. Despite the loss and the win, tie, loss sequence of results, Fisher saw improvement as the weekend went on.

"Although the scores might not reflect it, I think we got better as the weekend went on," he said. "Our younger players showed that they can compete against top players 2 & 3 years older then them, so there were lots of positives to take away from the weekend.  Our 2017-18 rostered players will get back on the ice 2-3 times a week as we prepare for the Women's Beantown Classic at the end of July."

 

2017 Shamrocks Atlantic Invitational Final Results & Standings

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:33AM

2017 Shamrocks Atlantic Invitational FINAL Results

Friday, June 2, 2017

  • 8:00 pm   New England Hockey Club (1)  vs. Team Pacific (3)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • 9:30 am   Team Pacific (2)  vs. Boston Shamrocks (3)
  • 2:00 pm   New England Hockey Club (1)  vs. Boston Shamrocks (1)
  • 3:30 pm   Team Pacific (1)  vs. NEWHL (2)
  • 8:00 pm   New England Hockey Club (2)  vs. NEWHL (5)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

  • 8:00 am   New England Hockey Club (3)  vs. Team Pacific (7)
  • 9:30 am   Boston Shamrocks (3)  vs. NEWHL (4)

All Games Played At Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass.


2017 Shamrocks Atlantic Invitational FINAL Standings


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NEWHL31.00063001165
Team Pacific4.50042201394
Boston Shamrocks3.5003111770
New England Hockey Club4.1251031716-9

 

Boston Shamrocks Seek Billet Families

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 11:58AM

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.

 

Shamrocks Hosting Atlantic Invitational Showcase

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 1:00PM

The Boston Shamrocks will be hosting the Atlantic Invitational Tournament beginning Friday, June 2nd and running through Sunday, June 4th.  All games will be played at the Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass.

2017 Shamrocks Atlantic Invitational Schedule

Friday, June 2, 2017

  • 8:00 pm   New England Hockey Club vs. Team Pacific

Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • 9:30 am   Team Pacific vs. Boston Shamrocks
  • 2:00 pm   New England Hockey Club vs. Boston Shamrocks
  • 3:30 pm   Team Pacific vs. NEWHL
  • 8:00 pm   New England Hockey Club vs. NEWHL

Sunday, June 4, 2017

  • 8:00 am   New England Hockey Club vs. Team Pacific
  • 9:30 am   Boston Shamrocks vs. NEWHL
 

Ontario Native Named Director Of Hockey Operations

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 2:19PM
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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Shamrocks Provide Academic Support, Answers and College Counseling For Players and Parents

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 10:39AM
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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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.