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Ice hockey was established as a varsity sport for girls in 1991, and since then Berkshire School has developed a strong tradition of excellence. Berkshire entered the New England Prep School league as a D2 team and, after capturing the New England Championship in 1999, became a D1 program. Over the past thirteen years, Berkshire has compiled a record of 239 – 52 – 18. During that span the Bears have been in the playoffs nine times and earned two D1 New England Championships (2003, 2006).
In a typical season, Berkshire will play around 25 games. The Bears have an extremely competitive schedule that has them competing in the EG Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy in December and against the top teams in the D1 New England Prep School league. Being an independent school gives Berkshire the flexibility to play the top teams in Western New England as well as Eastern New England.
Berkshire plays an aggressive style of hockey. The girls are taught to play different systems and move the puck quickly. In order to prepare the players for the collegic level, practices consist of flow drills for specific skill development as well as small games that force the players to work in tight spaces and make quick decisions. Many of the varsity players have gone on to top D1 and D3 programs after leaving Berkshire and past players have also represented their respective Canadian and US National Teams. Click here to see a list of where Berkshire alumni have gone on to play.
In January of the 2008-2009 season, the girls moved into the new state-of-the-art athletic center with two sheets of ice, one Olympic size and one NHL. The Jackman Stewart Athletic Center includes a fitness and training center, which the team uses for its off-ice training, as well as a training room and spacious locker rooms.