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Another Shamrock Turns Pro.... Former Shamrock Standout Goalie Madision Litchfield Begins Her Rookie Season With The NWHL's Boston Pride

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 3:25PM
Boston Shamrocks Alumnae Madision Litchfield Between The Pipes For The Boston Pride Of The NWHL

Madison Litchfield, former Boston Shamrock Standout and the No. 1 goaltender for the University of Vermont the last three seasons, has entered her rookie professional season in the National Women's Hockey League as a member of the Boston Pride.   She joins fellow rookie Brianna Laing and veteran NWHL all-star Brittany Ott to form a talented trio in net for the Pride.

“Being able to play hockey as a pro in the NWHL is a dream come true, especially in Boston,” said Litchfield.  In her professional debut Wednesday night, a pre-season match against Team Russia in the 2017 Summit Series at the new Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Litchfield allowed 1 goal in 35 plus minutes.  The Pride eventually fell to Team Russia 4-3 in a shootout.

The Pride have an opportunity for revenge as the two teams face each other once more on Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 PM at the Warrior Ice Arena.  Boston's regular season opener is next Saturday afternoon, October 28th, against the Metropolitan Riveters at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey at 1:30 pm.  The team's home opener is the following Saturday night, November 4th at the Warrior Ice Arena against the Connecticut Whale at 7:30 pm.

Litchfield was part of the winningest class in UMV history. In her senior season she had a career best .928 SV% and had a GAA of 2.08. Litchfield was elected Hockey East second team All-Star, New England Hockey Writers Association Division 1 All-Star, Outstanding Athlete Award, University of Vermont Women's Center, Hockey East All- Academic Team.  In 91 games over four years at Vermont, Litchfield had a 2.82 GAA and .902 save percentage.  Litchfield finished her collegiate career as the all-time winningest netminder in UVM  program history.

“This is a fantastic and well-earned opportunity for Madi to continue her hockey career in the NWHL,” said Vermont head coach Jim Plumer. “The Pride is getting a quality goaltender and a person of great character. She proved throughout her career at UVM that she is a competitor who rises to the occasion and I have no doubt she will bring that same mindset as a pro. All of us at UVM wish her the best in pursuing her career goals, in the NWHL and off the ice.”

Prior to UVM, the 5' 4" goalie played for the Boston Shamrocks in the Junior Women's Hockey League. “[Shamrocks' GM] Bob Rotondo and [former coach] Josh Hechter were and still are both huge factors in my development as a player,” said Litchfield.  In her senior year with the Shamrocks, Litchfield had a 2.53 GAA, .928 save percentage and one shutout earning her JWHL Goaltender of the Year Honors.

The Vermont native, who studied Public Communications and Business Administration in college, is a financial advisor for McAdam in downtown Boston.  Playing for the Pride is a chance for Litchfield to continue her hockey career before her biggest fans.  "I had the opportunity to play at UVM in my hometown of Burlington, Vermont and my parents never missed a game,” said Litchfield, before adding with a smile, “I'm so glad they'll still be able to come see me play and have something to keep them busy on the weekends.”