BMHS Pridetime Editor
Hanging in the guidance office is the list of sports available for girls to join, every sport but hockey is on that list, and if you look at the winter sports posters with the schedules listed underneath, girls hockey isn't there either. Many girls do not know that such a team exists in our school.The girls hockey team is combined with Norwalk High School and Wilton High School, and together they make the team of Wilton-Norwalk-McMahon girls hockey team.
Formerly known as just Wilton girls hockey, the hockey team has improved their cooperation with the two other schools. The athletes this season will wear the names of their respective high school decals on their helmets and captains will have C’s on their jerseys and the C’s will be in their respective high school primary color.
People who don’t know much about the girl’s hockey team may question to themselves why do we play with Wilton and Norwalk?
Well, Norwalk as a city is not huge into girl’s hockey. Currently, there are no Norwalk-based travel teams and many girls are forced to play with the Ice Cats in the neighboring town of Darien. The two Norwalk High School’s linked with Wilton because they were a relatively new team, having launched their first team in 2008. The girls practiced at Sono Ice Rink which was easily accessible for McMahon students, from then on, Mcmahon girls who played hockey were assigned to the Wilton team.
To play on the team, girls pay between $300-$500 each season, they also wake up early on the weekdays to arrive at five in the morning for practice, however playing for Wilton is surely worth it to the girls.
“I enjoy playing for the school, I love the atmosphere and the new people I get to meet who I wouldn’t have known otherwise.” said Caitlyn Hocker (‘20) who was a recipient of an All-FCIAC 2nd team honor as a freshman.
Having these three schools also is worth it to Head Coach, Pete Maxfield who stated “Having these girls from different schools, is luck. I lucked out with having great players and having great girls who are a lot of fun.”
Anna Bean (‘18) a captain for the team has three words for girls wondering if they should play hockey. “PLAY THE SPORT!”
“It’s so fun and you get to meet so many awesome people and live in a totally different world for a season, you become so close with these people you don’t see at school and travel to games far away and spend so much time with.” the captain commented.