Matignon adds girls' hockey, introduces coach

There will a new entrant in MIAA hockey as play begins in December. Today, Matignon athletic director Tim Alberts announced the school is adding girls' hockey to its 2013-14 offerings and, in the process, introduced former Norwood standout Paige Hackett as the program's first head coach.

Here's more from today's release:

"Hockey has an incredible tradition at Matignon High School as our boy’s teams have won 10 State Championships over the years," said Alberts. "The regional growth of girls' ice hockey makes this exactly the right time for us to move forward with girls' ice hockey as a varsity sport at Matignon High School. We are confident we can build a program that competes successfully for State Championships."

The team will be coached by Paige Hackett, who played Div. 1 Varsity hockey at UMass-Amherst. During Hackett’s four years at UMass-Amherst, the women’s ice hockey teams were invited to the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament every year because of their outstanding league records. Hackett’s team advanced to the semi-finals of the ACHA her freshman and senior years. “I have always loved the game of hockey and I am so thrilled to be given the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for the game with young female athletes,” says Hackett.

Hackett coached for Rob Barletta's Hockey School at Iorio Arena in Walpole, MA. During the fall semester of her junior year, Paige studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. There, she had the opportunity to coach and play with the FC Barcelona Men’s National Ice Hockey team.

Hackett played her scholastic hockey at Norwood High School where she was a four-year starter and senior Captain of her Mustangs’ team. She was a four-year Bay State League All-Star and was presented the Hobey Baker Award following her senior year. Hackett played for the Mass Spitfires, whose U16 team was National Bound State Championship Finalists. In her junior year, Paige was invited to the 2007 NAHA College Showcase in Burlington, Vermont. This opportunity paved the way for Paige to attend UMass/Amherst. In addition to playing ice hockey, Hackett was a four-year varsity starting pitcher and senior captain of her Mustangs softball team. She was a four-year Transcript News All-Star.

In 2012, Hackett graduated from UMass-Amherst with Honors and is part of the Mathematics Department at Matignon High School.

Girl’s Ice Hockey will become the 23rd sport to be offered at Matignon High School. The Warriors will play as an independent their first season of competition and all home games will be at the Stoneham Arena, where the boy’s team plays as well.

Matignon High School is a private, Catholic high school located in Cambridge, MA. Matignon High School is member of the Catholic Central League. For more information on Matignon High School, visit Matignon-hs.org.