Shamrocks Hold Pre-Season Traing Camp on Their Home Ice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass.
By James Murphy
This has been a summer of transition and acclimating not just for many of the Boston Shamrocks Under 19 players who are either making the jump from U16 or coming in from other teams, but also for Director of Hockey Operations Sean Fisher. Fisher moved from Manitoba this past spring to take the helm of all things hockey for the Shamrocks. Since then he’s been extremely busy. Off the ice and away from the rink, he’s moved himself into a new place and gotten to know the area; while on the ice and at the rink he’s gotten to know his new colleagues and some of his new players, planning together for the upcoming season.
But now, with training camp starting this past weekend and the Shamrocks headed to Burlington, Vermont for the upcoming Labor Day weekend and the NAHA Labor Day Tournament, it’s feeling a lot more real and the Kingston, Ontario native couldn’t be more excited to be practicing with his new team and players.
“Camp has been great so far,” Fisher said. “Players came into camp in good shape and the energy, pace and flow of our ice times have been increasing daily. It’s also nice to get back into the flow of things, designing and implementing practice plans – teaching, coaching and providing feedback…it feels good to get back into that part of the job.”
Fisher’s approach to his first Shamrocks training camp is to familiarize himself with his players both on and off the ice and hopefully vice versa, with them becoming used to him. “I’m just trying to get a better feel who they are as people and players,” Fisher replied. “How they best respond to feedback, where they are at with their fitness levels and what our teams greatest needs will be for the season. From the girls I am looking for them to just start building good practice habits and get back into the flow of being on the ice daily.”
The Shamrocks head north to Burlington, Vermont on Friday and as Fisher pointed out, this will be a great opportunity not only for the Shamrocks to bond and get the kinks out, but also to be scouted by some of the best. “We’re looking forward to it,” Fisher said. “This isn’t our full roster but it will be nice to test our squad against some quality opponents and it should allow the girls to showcase themselves in front of plenty of NCAA & USports Coaches and Scouts.”