Quincy woman joins Bruins’ Ice Girl team

juliedavissmWicked Local
Oct 26, 2010

Houghs Neck native Julie Davis, 20, recently joined the Boston Bruins Ice Girls team, and will soon be performing at Bruins games and helping out at team fundraisers.

Davis said she has always been a fan of the Bruins and had known about the ice girls for a few years. This past year, she decided to “give it a shot,” and was surprised when she was selected to join the Ice Girls team.

She skated for about 10 years when she was younger, and the Ice Girls gave her a chance to get back on the ice.

Most of the training involves learning how to interact with guests, and Davis said she is excited to meet “a lot of interesting and nice people.”

Davis is a senior at Curry College studying nursing, and said she’s considering joining the Navy’s Nurse Corps after graduation. I want to travel and get experience before I have to work on my own in a big Boston Hospital,” she said.

Ice Girls and Prom Dresses

By Leeanne T. Stronach
GateHouse News Service
Mar 31, 2010

Holbrook —

bruinspromAs a Boston Bruins Ice Girl, Kristen Wysocki is used to trying to please the crowd at the home games at TD Garden.

On April 17 at Simmons College, Wysocki will try to please high school girls planning on attending the prom by helping them pick out dresses.

Wysocki, 24, a 2004 Archbishop Williams High School graduate, interviewed to be an Ice Girl right before the beginning of the last hockey season.

She decided to try out because she loves to skate and grew up in a hockey family.

Her father coached and her brother played, she said.

Although Wysocki didn’t play hockey, she did figure skate and belonged to the Commonwealth Skating Club in Randolph.

As an Ice Girl, Wysocki is one of 15 women hired to interact with the fans at the game.

She isn’t a cheerleader or a dancer, but she does try to keep the crowd interested in the game, she said.

At times some of the Ice Girls get to skate on the ice during intermission.

For a three-minute period, young players from local hockey clubs get a chance to play on the same ice that professionals use. During that very brief action, a few Ice Girls referee the game.

The Ice Girls also get on the ice when they hold a T-shirt toss; again, this is done during intermission. The Ice Girls throw shirts up into the crowd.

Wysocki enjoys getting on the ice but at first had a hard time with hockey skates rather than figure skates.

“It was a huge adjustment,” she said. “I wasn’t used to not having a toe pick.”

Along with their job responsibilities when they’re at a game, the Ice Girls occasionally help out a charity.

This year, the team has been collecting prom gowns for the Belle of the Ball collection drive, sponsored by Anton’s Cleaners.

Wysocki was able to gather up almost 30 dresses from her cousin, neighbor, herself, and her former college roommates, she said.

All together, the Ice Girls collected over 60 dresses.

When the sixth annual Belle of the Ball boutique opens on April 17, the Ice Girls will be on hand to distribute dresses to high school junior and senior girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend their school’s prom.

All the donated dresses are free of charge.

In order for a girl to get a gown, she must be referred by a guidance counselor, a teacher, church clergy, or a social services representative, be able to present a valid school ID card or other proof of current enrollment, and provide her name and contact information.

Other requirements apply and can be found on the website www.antons.com/belle/.

Wysocki is looking forward to participating in the Belle of the Ball boutique for the first time.

“It’s an incredibly warm feeling to be able to help girls who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it and give them an experience like I had so I’m really excited,” she said.

Wysocki remembers her own prom fondly.

“I have excellent memories of my prom,” she said. “It was so much fun.”

Wysocki is studying to be a registered nurse. She will graduate from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University that she earned in 2008.

Bruins Ice Girl, Surgeon-in-training from Middleton Ready for First-ever Boston Marathon

Gatehouse News Service

bruins2As a Boston Bruins Ice Girl, Middleton resident Alexa Nicholls sees quite a bit of blood on the ice at the TD Garden during the occasional boisterous Bruins game.

This is one young woman who is not at all squeamish at the sight. After all, she sees quite a bit as a Patient Care Technician in the Surgical Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is hoping to some day be a surgeon herself.

“I have a genuine passion for and interest in the field of surgery,” said Nicholls, a four-year member of the Ice Girls, a dance team of women who entertain fans during TV timeouts and intermissions. “I knew the moment I first stepped into the operating room that it was where I wanted to be the rest of my life. It’s a feeling that is hard to put into words, but I just know it’s for me.”

It all comes from the 21-year-old Nicholls’ willingness to be a helping hand in society. That also explains why she is running the Boston Marathon as a member of the Bruins Marathon Team, helping to raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation.

“The Ice Girls do a ton of work with the Foundation,” said Nicholls. “The Boston Bruins Wives Carnival is one of our partner events, and we host a blood drive at the Garden every year, and we have events during or before games, like pajama drives or toy drives.”

Nicholls will also gladly run 26.2 miles for the charitable arm of the Bruins organization, representing the Ice Girls in that venture.

“I heard the Boston Bruins were going to have a marathon team last summer,” said Nicholls. “They started accepting applications for a spot on the team back in October and I immediately applied. There are 16 of us on the marathon team.”

Nicholls is only briefly into her career as a marathon runner, having run her first half-marathon last October.

“I did really well, but the Boston Marathon will be my first marathon,” said Nicholls. “I started training for the Boston Marathon in December and my training has dramatically intensified since the New Year.”

During Nicholls’ days as a Boston University Pre-Medicine/Health Sciences student, she remembers very well seeing thousands of runners living their dreams as they ran past screaming Marathon fans towards the end of the course at Copley Square.

“I think every college student in Boston can relate … there is nothing quite like Marathon Monday,” said Nicholls. “Running the Boston Marathon has always been a dream/goal of mine. Being a Bostonian, I have grown up around the energy and excitement that makes the Boston Marathon such a historic event.

“I have always admired the strength and commitment it takes individuals to run 26.2 miles,” she added.

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Always a fan

Nicholls quickly admits she’s never been a hockey player herself, but she has always been a huge fan of the game and the Bruins, especially.

“Growing up, my mother [Gail] always brought me to games, and I also cheered at Masco for hockey games for all four of my years,” she added. Some of her years as a Masco cheerleader coincided with her brother Jay Nicholls’ time with the Chieftains boys hockey team.

Also, her father John still plays recreational hockey.

“After cheering at Masco, I wanted to continue to be involved with that sort of team, so I gave it a shot with the Ice Girls,” she said. “I did that each year during college, before I graduated early.”

Alexa graduated from Boston University in December, and will be applying to Physician Assistant/Masters programs in April.

“As part of that application, candidates must have a minimum of 2,000 hours of direct patient care and experience, and a Pre-Med Bachelor’s Degree,” said Alexa. “When I am not watching and taking part in Bruins home games, you will most likely find me in my scrubs at the hospital. I am a very hard worker, and genuinely love the hospital environment. I love the feeling I get knowing that I have made a difference in a patient’s life.”

Unfortunately, patients who enter the surgery room are sometimes children, and the youngest members of our population are the most regular beneficiaries of the Boston Bruins Foundation. The Foundation helps children in the realms of health, education, athletics and community outreach.

“I am so honored to be a part of the Boston Bruins Marathon Team, and I know that throughout this journey I am positively impacting the lives of children throughout New England from all of the generous donations made to the Boston Bruins Foundation,” Alexa added.

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Individual profiles for the Bruins ice Girls have been posted on the Bruins website. Click here to learn about the ladies on the team.
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Hopedale Student Selected by Bruins

By Kate Rourke
Milford Daily News

bruinsiceA local college student has integrated her love of service with her home-team spirit in becoming one of the Boston Bruins’ newest Ice Girls.

Jessica Thompson of Hopedale made the Bruins Ice Girls team and can be seen on the ice during Bruins games at the TD Garden this winter.

“I had applied on a whim,” Thompson laughed. “I didn’t think much of it. I never thought I would get the job.”

After mailing in the application to join the squad, she was called to try out. Four girls were chosen out of the 15 who were called back for auditions. The selections were made at the discretion of Beth Anthony, the Bruins Promotion Coordinator.

“I went to the final auditions expecting there would be a lot of girls there, and a lot of competition, and there wasn’t, which made it even more nerve racking,” Thompson explained.

Mary Angilly of West Brookfield was also chosen to join the team with Thompson this season. Angilly said the team is misunderstood by many fans looking in from the outside.

“We aren’t cheerleaders, we are team ambassadors,” Angilly said. “We don’t dance on the ice. We stay really, really classy that way.”

The group serves a whole other purpose in the greater Boston area.

“We do a lot behind the scenes that people don’t realize,” Angilly explained. “It’s about public service and charity work. We just want to help the community.”

This year, the Ice Girls are planning to step their game up even more when it comes to helping their fans.

“We are planning on doing a lot of community service this year. I do a lot community service on my own so I think it is wonderful,” Thompson said.

Thompson, a criminal justice and fire science major at the University of New Haven, wants to use her time in Boston to be a good example to her fans. Leading comes naturally to Thompson, who held a prominent position in the Greek system at New Haven and gained experience from participating in the school’s ROTC program.

“I just do my best to carry myself as a good role model for young girls. They need to see us as approachable,” Thompson said. “It has benefited me to see how much the fans appreciate us. Everyone wins.”

Helping the public is one thing that Angilly, a psychology and biology dual major at Northeastern, is very familiar with. Last summer, during a non-profit charity dialogue in South Africa, Angilly realized her true passion for helping those in need.

“I am really interested in charity work and I have done a lot of public service,” Angilly said. “I want to help while I am in Boston.”

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Boston Bruin Ice Girls

Here’s your first look at the 2009-10 Boston Bruin Ice Girls.

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More photos here.

Watch a video of the photo shoot here.