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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Shamrock Mission



The Vermont Shamrocks bring together some of the most competitive hockey players from all across Vermont and neighboring states.  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.

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Vermont Shamrocks 16UAA & 19UAA Tryouts
Three-time USA Hockey National Champion Vermont Shamrocks are...
Ten Shamrocks Named College Academic All Americans
Ten Shamrocks Named College Academic All Americans   Ten...
Vermont Shamrocks 16UAA & 19UAA Tryouts

Three-time USA Hockey National Champion Vermont Shamrocks are committed to having National Bound Tier II 16 & 19U split season teams.

These teams will not skirt a single element of the Agency of Education and/or state department of Health COVID-19 guidance. 

Tryouts for 16U and 19U splits will take place at Cairns Arena: 
16U: August 2nd 9am-10:30am  Birthyears '04, '05 & '06 (HS Varsity '06s only)
19U: August 16 10am-11:30am ('02, '03, '01)
Try out fee is $20
All players must pre-register for tryouts. Any out of state players must be cleared by the Arena prior to travel to VT. There are limited roster spots for non-Vermont players.
The 'Rocks will book enough ice in VT to hold a series of on-ice events involving our teams (playing each other and/or local youth teams) and/or teams from areas where travel to VT is permissible without quarantine. 
The 'Rocks are also members of the Eastern Select Girls Hockey League (ESGHL). Many ESGHL teams are based in Massachusetts. We do not know if we will be able to travel there this fall however the league schedule includes the 'Rocks. 
The Shamrocks will not play games anywhere which will require our players or families to quarantine when they return home. There are new teams in the ESGHL based in Maine and NH so travel there may be more likely. Almost all league games take place on Sundays and the teams typically play two games per trip. The Shamrocks were 2019-20 16U ESGHL Champions and 19U Runner-up. 
Being upfront and transparent has always been important to our non-profit all volunteer association. While we all hope for a relatively normal season we can promise nothing more than high-level hockey within Vermont if remains a safe and approved activity. 
If the VPA and/or VT High School Hockey League cancels or delays winter sports or hockey specifically and hockey remains a VT Health Department approved and safe activity the Shamrocks would for the first time continue to operate 16/19 into the winter so our HS athletes can skate as much as 3-4 times per week. If HS hockey starts as planned the Shamrock fall season will end with the ESGHL Playoffs on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
After the winter season, the Shamrocks plan to regroup in March for the New England and USA Hockey National Championships if these events take place.
Our fees are low as they reflect only the cost of our ice time, referees, jerseys, shells*, bags*, socks, league fees, insurance, and web site fees divided by the number of players.
Everyone pays including coaches kids, goalies, etc. If a family needs financial assistance money may be available. [*Only new players are charged for shells and bags]


by posted 04/26/2020
Ten Shamrocks Named College Academic All Americans

Ten Shamrocks Named College Academic All Americans


Ten NCAA student-athletes who played for the Vermont Shamrocks 19U Junior team have been named as 2019 Academic All-stars by the American College Hockey Coaches Association. For the past decade, the Vermont Shamrocks program graduates have filled college hockey rosters as over 75 former players have gone from the Shamrocks directly to playing college hockey. The Shamrock model focuses on a balanced approach to player development on and off the ice. This model is clearly showing results as Shamrock players are achieving significant success on the ice and in the classroom.

"The list of honorees represents the best of the NCAA, student-athletes who excel on and off the ice," said AHCA Executive Director Joe Bertagna. "The sport demands a great deal from these athletes so it is a great statement they make, individually and collectively, with their ability to attain this level of academic achievement."

Shamrock co-founder Patrick Burke echoed Bertagna’ sentiment, “We’re proud of our former players' success on the ice and in the classroom. These women serve as magnificent role models for all the girls playing hockey in Vermont. Our former players have proven beyond a doubt that playing for the Shamrocks and your high school will set you on a path to achieve your academic and athletic goals after high school. Being honored certainly validates the hard work of these players.”

Nine of the ten honored scholars graduated from their public school and enjoyed the thrill of representing their school and community by playing high school hockey in Vermont. The list of honorees includes Michaela Martin, Becker College (MVU), Claudia Gee, Becker College (Northfield HS), Jessie Scott, University of New England (Spaulding HS), Meghan Hamilton, University of New England (Rutland HS), Brianna Doty, Southern Maine (Lyndon Institute), Julia Ormsby, Southern Maine (Spaulding HS), Sadie Kuhn, Colby College (Woodstock HS), Laura Rollins, Hobart-William Smith (NHM), Whitney Bernier, SUNY-Canton (No. Country Union HS), Ricki Haab, Utica College (Stowe HS).

This list only includes players who played for the Shamrock split season program through high school.   

by posted 01/04/2020
'Rocks win 3 Championships

Congrats to our 2019 16s and 19s 

2019 National Champions!

16U AA


Watch highlights from the National Championship game

2019 New England Champions!





Recent Game Results
Shamrocks in College

The Shamrocks started graduating student-athletes from our split season teams with the class of '12. Here is the list of places our players ended up playing athletics. For more information click here.   

NCAA Hockey

Elmira, Penn State, Stevenson University*, Castleton State College*, Middlebury College*, Cortland State (NY)*, Franklin Pierce University, Chatham University, Norwich University, SUNY Potsdam, Sacred Heart University, Becker College*, Hobart/William Smith*, Boston College, St. Michael's College, New England College*, Plymouth State University, SUNY Canton, The University of New England*, Colby College*, Robert Morris, Southern Maine, Utica College, Trinity (CT) College^, Nazareth College^, Connecticut College.

*multiple players

^2019 commitment

ACHA Hockey

University of Vermont*, UMass-Amherst, Syracuse University, Lindenwood-Belleville, Columbia University, Grand Valley State University, Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth, Univ. of Rhode Island.  

*multiple players

Other NCAA Sports

Field Hockey: Salve Regina University, UVM*, St. Lawrence, Hobart/William Smith*, New Haven, Harvard 

Soccer: Plattsburgh State Univ.

Lacrosse: Longwood University, Hobart/William Smith*, Mt. Holyoke College, Castleton State, UVM 

Softball at Castleton State College
XC/Track at Colby College
*multiple players

Other Club Sports

Equestrian at Trinity (CT) College, Rugby: Lindenwood, Castleton University

Alpine Ski: Columbia

Field Hockey: National Univ. of Ireland 

Professional Hockey

Adelaide Rush (AUS)

National (IIHF) Teams

France: 18U Womens World Championship

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Shamrock Championships
2019 16U AA
National Champions
Amherst, NY
2019 16 AA
New England Champions
2019 19 AA
New England Champions
2018 U16 AA 
National Silver Medalists
National Championships
Marlboro, MA
2018 16 AA
New England Champions
2017 U16 AA 
National Silver Medalists
National Championships
Troy, Michigan
2017 U16 AA
New England Champions
2016 19U AA
National Champions
Burlington, VT
2015 U16 AA
National Bronze Medalists
National Championships
E. Lansing Michigan
2015 U16 AA
New England Champions
2015 U16 AA Vermont Champions
2015 U19 AA Vermont Champions
2014 U16 AA 
Nationals Quarter Finalist 
Buffalo, NY
2014 16 AA
New England Champions
2014 U16 AA Vermont Champions
2014 U19 AA
New England Silver Medal
2014 U19 AA
Vermont Champions
2013 16U AA
National Champions
San Jose, CA
2013 16 AA
New England Champions
2013 U16 AA
Vermont Champions
2012 U16 AA
USA Hockey Nationals Qualifier
Dallas, TX
2012 U16 AA
New England Silver Medal
2012 U16 AA
Vermont Champions
2012 U19 AA 
Vermont Champions 
2011 U16 AA
Vermont Champions
2011 U16 AA
New England Silver Medal
2010-11 T1 (AAA) U19
New England Bronze Medal
2010 T1 (AAA)
Vermont U19 Champions
First Shamrock game ever Nov. 29th at RI Panther Tournament