The mission of the Vermont Shamrocks is to provide hockey players an opportunity to play select level hockey while still playing for their local association or high school teams. Shamrock players are loyal leaders of their local association teams, yet the

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The Vermont Shamrocks bring together some of the most competitive hockey players from all across New England and New York state.  The goal is to provide a high level of hockey while promoting participation at the local level.  The emphasis is on skill development and teamwork by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth.   We create a fun environment which focuses on important values such as sportsmanship, friendship, and love of the game.  The lesson at the end of the day is that succeeding is really more about how they play the game – win or lose.

Our coaches are all volunteers yet have extensive coaching and/or playing experience at the youth, high school, junior, and NCAA levels.  We expect all our coaches to: 

  • focus on the kids
  • be good communicators with players, parents, and referees
  • be good motivators
  • focus on team play
  • have well thought out game plans and managed practices
  • be able to control emotions
  • always have a positive attitude
  • be alert
  • be confident
  • continue to learn

In 2008 we started with one U12 team of 12 girls.  We entered the Rhode Island Panther Thanksgiving tournament (most of the girls had met each other for the first time in the locker room an hour before our first game) posting a record of 3-1 and reformed for the 2008 Polar Bear Christmas Tournament winning that event.  Today, we occasionally sponsor boys teams and have over ten girls teams throughout the year from U10 to U19. We also sponsor Alumnae teams and events. Over 1,000 kids have played for the 'Rocks in some capacity. 

The majority of the original Rocks are still connected with the program one way or another. Their motto is, "Once a Shamrock, always a Shamrock."