Girls� hockey program in Rochester, New York, USA and the surrounding Monroe County region

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Jenn Shields

Born in Strathroy, Ontario and moved to Ingersoll, Ontario at age of two. I began playing boys travel hockey in Ingersoll, Ontario where I ended moving up an age, also played with the Girls Woodstock Wild Cats association. I switched to the Bluewater Hawks AA teams in grade 6-8 where we won Silver Stick, Provincials and many league tournaments. Played for the East Coast Selects summer team in Finland/Sweden (gold).  

 

Prior to University played for Bluewater Jr Hawks for 4 years (PWHL), during these years I made Team Ontario Blue 2010 (silver), Team Ontario 2011 Canada Winter Games (silver), Canadian Women’s U18 summer series against USA and 2011 World Women’s U18 Championships in Stockholm, Sweden (silver).  While playing at this age and into university I helped coach at Ray McKay and Kelly Reed Hockey Camps throughout the summer. 

 

I committed to Clarkson University and we won the 2014 Division I NCAA National Championship, as the first ECAC team to ever win. Throughout my four years we made the NCAA top 8 tournament three out of four years. We also played against RIT in an outdoor game at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY (2013). I was known for being a stay at home defensive with specialty in penalty kill. Freshmen year I won December Rookie of the Month (ECAC) and Rookie of the year (Clarkson). In my sophomore year, I was invited to the Off-Ice U22 Women’s Team Canada Camp. Attained an overall plus/minus of +45 and second on my team with 50 blocked shots in my Sr year. I attained ECAC All Academic throughout my entire four years while playing Division I Hockey. 

 

Following graduation, I had the opportunity to continue my hockey career through CWHL, NWHL or playing in Australia. Although I made the hard decision to continue my education at Clarkson University. Where I completed my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018 and have been working as a licensed physical therapist since the fall of 2018. 

 

Since graduation I have worked in Watertown, Canandaigua-Seneca Falls within outpatient setting. I now work in West Webster with Lattimore Physical Therapy. I have helped with the Rochester Edge Program since 2019 as a volunteer coach throughout all age levels. I am excited and happy to continue providing opportunities of growth for the girls within the Edge organization. 

 

Mel Ames

 

I was born and raised in Rochester, NY. I started my hockey career at the age of 5. I spent my early years of hockey playing with the boy’s teams. I joined the Rochester Edge in 2008 where I spent the next four years developing as a hockey player on and off the ice. I was a member of the 16U State Championship team in 2011 at the girl’s tier 1 level. I spent my final year of youth hockey playing for Pittsburgh Penguins Elite. I had the opportunity to travel overseas with this team and play against top teams in Finland and Russia for a two-week period. 

I committed to play college hockey at Plattsburgh State my junior year of high school. These were four of my best years of hockey. I had the distinction of not only winning 4 ECAC West titles, but also winning 4 consecutive NCAA National Championships; I became 1 of 5 players who have ever done this in women’s college hockey. I finished my college career with a record of 111-5-4 (2013-2017).   

When not training or doing off-ice work, I spent my summers throughout my high school career as a private hockey instructor where I was able to gain knowledge from a variety of different trainers. I gave private lessons to hockey players focused on working on goals the players set for themselves. I also coached in a variety of summer hockey training camps. 

After my college career, I wasn’t ready to be done playing the sport I love. I continued my career by playing professionally in Germany. I spent two years playing hockey in the top league: 1. Frauen Bundesliga in Hannover, Germany. Playing for the Hannover Indians, I led my team in the most goals. I was amongst the top 15 skaters in points for the overall league in both seasons. 

I have now returned back to Rochester after playing hockey overseas and having the opportunity to travel the world. I currently work for Neutral Zone Hockey where I scout and evaluate female hockey players ages 13-17 as well as doing data analysis for the organization. 

I recently completed by Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Intelligence. 

My goal is to be able to develop every player on and off the ice to become a better person by learning life lessons. I have played for very competitive programs that have taught me the fundamentals of hockey and challenged me to become a better person. I am excited to develop players to their next level and use the knowledge I have gained over the years of playing for a variety of different coaches and in very competitive leagues.