Trailblazers on Ice

Chatham's First Girls ice Hockey Team
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Considering the team was only formed this year, the Chatham-Madison girls ice hockey winning record to date is quite impressive. Consisting of experienced and rookie players from each of the schools, these “Chatison” girls are pioneers for the community.

“Our first win was against Newark East Side, and we won 8-1,” recalls sophomore right wing Daniella Groh. “It was pretty cool, you know? We made history.”

The formation of the team was headed by the father of freshman Veronica Quidore, notes Groh. By combining with Madison, there were enough players for a roster of seventeen- eleven from the Rose City, and six from Chatham. Ten of the players participate in club teams, with the remainder learning the basics.

“It’s really fun and new,” Groh continues, “I’m meeting people I usually wouldn’t be friends with. It’s nice to expand my circle.”

Certainly the girls bond over their weekly 5:30 am practice at Mennen Area. Clearly, this team is dedicated.

As for the future, Groh hopes to expand the program by forming two separate teams for the towns to create more competition in the league, and even getting more players involved at younger ages.

Have a great season girls!