WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the length of the season," he admits. "The girls take the games as seri- ously as the boys do, maybe even more!" In Wellesley, there are big numbers in all age groups for both boys and girls, and many play all through high school, some into college, and countless others through- out their adult lives. The Wellesley girls' program is particularly strong. "A few years ago the girls' U-19 team won three state championships in a row," says Perry, who was president of Wellesley Youth Hockey at the time and helped coach the winning teams. Around the same time, USA Hockey awarded Wellesley Youth Hockey with the 2015 Female Honors Award, acknowl- edging its girls' program as a leader in the growth, development, and promotion of ice hockey for females in the country. Current Wellesley Youth Hockey president Sean Lynch adds, "We're so proud of what these girls and their coaching staff accomplished. What's also incredible is that our U-14 A team made it to states, too, which shows the strength and depth of our girls program. Hockey is such a great and unique sport. The friendships kids make, the memories they create, and the camaraderie they share will stay with them for a lifetime." To be successful, ice hockey doesn't have to be in your blood. "Just because you never played, doesn't mean your kids can't," says Youngen. "There are a handful of players in our program whose parents never skated, and they're some of the best ones on the ice. We welcome everyone. Across the board, the parents are a truly special part of Wellesley hockey." With the recent approval to build an ice hockey rink in Wellesley by 2018, the long road trips maybe become fewer and far between for Wellesley youth hockey players, but it's pretty clear that the passion for the sport isn't going to waver any time soon. FOR MORE INFORMATION on the program, visit www.wellesleyyouthhockey.org "I feel really lucky to be on such a great team. Although we may not all play together again, we will still be a team, the state championship team." – Dani Cimino back row (l to r): Audrey Youngen, Ella Fahey, Kaitlin Braun, and Grace Flannery front row (l to r): Milena Harned, Morgan McGraw, Sophia Weene, and Dani Cimino; middle: Former Director of Girls' Hockey Julie Perry 118 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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