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Boston Blades Pro Battaglino Named Head Coach of Walpole Express Women's Team
Posted: January 26, 2014
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Anya Battaglino
Walpole, Mass. – The Walpole Express, winners of three straight Men’s Junior Championships from 2009-2011, have announced that current pro and Boston University defenseman Anya Battaglino has been named Head Coach of the Express’ Inaugural New England Women’s Junior Hockey League (NEWJHL) team.

Team Owner Rob Barletta said of Anya, “She is a great role model; an outstanding student, an amazing hockey player and someone who gives back to the hockey community. We knew when the league was formed that Anya was perfect for the job.”

Added Walpole Express General Manager Jon Lounsbury, “Anya brings an exceptional breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in women’s hockey, as well as the leadership skills needed to really make her mark as a coach. I am looking forward to watching her develop this new league and each of the players under her direction.”

Battaglino currently plays women’s pro hockey for the Boston Blades, which captured the coveted Clarkson Cup during the 2012-13 season. She’s in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a result. Also a defenseman for Boston University, Anya is set to graduate in May 2014 with a degree in marine science. Her BU team was runner up in the 2010-11 National Championships, and was the Hockey East champ for the 2011-2012 season.

Before joining BU, the Waltham, Mass. native played five years (beginning in eighth grade) for Waltham High School, helping the Hawks qualify for the state tournament four straight years (2007-10). Her efforts were noticed and she was named All-State High School Hockey. She also played for the East Coast Wizards, a program that she will now coach against when the all-new NEWJHL takes to ice this fall.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to continue to grow the next generation of hockey,” said Battaglino. “This new league will pave the way for some amazing opportunities that I never had growing up and playing. It will be a great feeling watching these girls grow in this league, smooth the gap, and do great things out there at the college level. With my experience paired with the depth of the Walpole Express staff we have the opportunity to do something great for the girls game of hockey and I couldn't be more excited!”

The NEWJHL, a six-team league based in New England and surrounding areas, is designed to offer increased opportunities for teenage girls to play competitive hockey with the intent of moving into the college ranks. The league will adhere to USA hockey junior rules and will develop female players via exceptional coaching, well-designed practices and competitive situations while providing opportunities for players to advance their hockey careers to the collegiate level. The league will also promote good sportsmanship and teamwork, and help instill responsibility in the participating players, who will be held to high standards on the ice and in the classroom. Coaches, managers and other league staff will be expected to show a high level of ethical and professional conduct.

The Express Junior Women’s program, which will feature a 45+ game and showcase schedule, private team locker room, and placement into DI and DIII college hockey, will hold tryouts at the Rodman Arena on April 25 and 26. To register, click here.

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