Formed in 2005, the Walpole Express' goal is to provide an opportunity for girls from Walpole and surrounding towns to learn and excel at the game of hockey in a positive, fun and competitive environment which stresses team work and sportsmanship. The Express are about teaching girls why we play the game! It comes from within. It’s not about getting the most goals or being the all star. It’s a deep passion to learn that comes from the heart. It’s about working as a team to reach a common goal and having respect that allows us to bring out the best in each other. We promote player development for ALL players. Each coach plays all players equal and gives them ALL confidence and knowledge in each game. There is no power play or penalty killing units. In order to develop, players must be put in every situation of a game.
We offer various all-girls teams including the U16/19 level, U14 level, U12 level, U10 level, and U8 level. The season runs roughly from early September through mid March. For our U10, U12 and U14 teams, there are two practices per week (Wednesday & Friday nights), one weekly skills session (Tuesday nights) with RB Hockey School, and one game per weekend. Games are home/away in the Middlesex Yankee Conference Girls League on Saturday or Sunday each week. We have a 25 game season and will end the season with a playdown playoff format. All practices, skills and home games take place at the Rodman Arena in Walpole, MA. Our teams will also compete in various competitive tournaments throughout the year.
Our U16/19 teams are half-season teams, who end their season at Thanksgiving so the players can play on their high school hockey teams. The U16/U19 teams have one practice per week, on Saturdays and one game over the weekend.
Our U8 team follows USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) guidelines. The team participates in two station based skills session every week on Tuesday and Thursday, and plays in the Rodman Arena Mite Development League (MDL) a half-ice hockey league for U8 players.
All teams U8 through U14 also participate in one dryland training session per week.
Our U10 through U19 teams will be playing out of the exceptionally well organized Middlesex Yankee Conference. The league offers four divisions including U10, U12, U14, and a half season for U19. The league consists of approximately 100 teams, broken down into four divisions (based on age and ability). The league has parity rounds and make games as competitive as possible.
Our U10 Major and U12 Major teams are Tier 2 state-bound teams and will compete in Mass Hockey's Tier 2 State Tournament in March. Our U14 Major team is a Tier 2 national-bound team competing in Mass Hockey's Tier 2 State Tournament for a chance to participate in the National Tournament in April.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of the Walpole Express Girls Hockey Program?
Our mission is to grow happy, healthy, confident girls through the sport of ice hockey. Goal number one is to have fun. If the kids and their families are not having fun, then what is the point?
We also want our girls to develop both their hockey skills and their general athletic ability. We do this by creating age-appropriate skills, practices and dryland training sessions. Finally, we want the
girls to develop confidence in themselves. We want them to believe that they can acheive all their hockey and life goals if they work hard enough.
We believe that every child has the potential to make their dreams come true.
Who can play for the Express?
The organization exists to provide girls from Walpole and surrounding towns the opportunity to learn and excel at the game of hockey in a positive, fun and competitive environment.
While our home rink is located in Walpole, players do not have to be from Walpole to play with us.
What is included in my childs tuition?
Tuition for the season includes a 25 game regular season as well as a playoffs (running from early September through mid March).
Our U10, U12 and U14 teams practice twice a week and participate in one skill session and one game. Our U8 team participates in two skill sessions and one game per week. Our U16/19 teams are half-season teams who practice once a week, have one game and optionally participate in a skills session. All skill sessions are conducted by RB Hockey School.
All players receive game socks as part of their tuition, and U10, U12 and U14 players also receive practice jerseys.
What league do the Express play in?
The Express Girls play in the exceptionally well organized Middlesex Yankee Conference. The league offers four divisions including U10, U12, U14, and a half season for U19.
The league consists of approximately 100 teams, broken down into four divisions (based on age and ability). Parity rounds make games as competitive as possible. Our U8 team participates in the Mite Development League with other U8 teams from the area. Their games are played according to USA Hockey's ADM guidlines,
on a half sheet of ice with hard-dividers.
Where are the games played?
Home games for the Walpole Express are played at the Rodman Arena in Walpole, MA.
Away games are played at various locations including the most common venues (but not limited too): Canton Ponkapoag, Nobles, Acton/Boxboro, Natick W. Suburban, Umass Boston,
and Hockey Town in Saugus.
Can my player come to a different time for skills?
Unfortunately this is not possible. We have 5 teams booked on each hour of skills. All players must attend skills at their assigned times.
Are there any additional fees?
Full Season Express teams will receive socks and a practice jersey. All players must purchase Home/Away Jerseys, Pant Shell, Team Bag, Team Travel Suit, Black Helmet, and Black Gloves separately. After the teams are chosen, we will have a sizing night. Half Season teams will only be required to purchase jerseys.
If you have pant shells, bags, travel suits, black helmet/gloves from the previous season then they will not be required to purchase additional equipment.
Do players need mouthguards
Mouthguards are necessary for all players (skaters and goalies). A player without one will be asked to leave the ice until they get one.
Can my player bring her own water bottle over to the bench?
Players are permitted to bring their own water bottles to the bench. The Express provide clean water bottles, however we would never stop a player from bringing their own. Please note that the player is responsible for her own water bottle.
Will players be receiving helmet stickers?
We recommend that players purchase black helmets and require that all players wear Walpole Express decals on their helmets to represent our team in the league.
Players in the U16/19 division will not be asked to wear decals as we recognize that many players participate on their high school teams.
Will team and individual pictures be taken?
Team and Individual photos will be taken in or around October. Everyone will be notified with the details as soon as it becomes available.
Photos will be taken by Flash Powder Photo.
If interested in learning more about the program, don't hesitate to contact us.