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Manitoba Natives Hirschfield and Jorgenson Are Dedicated To Hockey, The Shamrocks, And Their Education

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 4:03PM
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."