Record-Setting Defenseman Helped St. Lawrence to NCAA Tournament in 2012
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Amanda Boulier, a record-setting defenseman and former first team All-ECAC Hockey selection at St. Lawrence, has joined the Yale women's ice hockey staff as assistant coach. Joakim Flygh, Yale's Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women's Ice Hockey, announced the hiring Friday.
"We are thrilled to welcome Amanda to the Yale Hockey family," said Flygh. "Amanda just finished an outstanding hockey career at St. Lawrence and we expect that she will bring the same character and work ethic to coaching as she did as a player the in the ECAC. Amanda will be a great role model for our players at Yale and we all look forward to working with Amanda on a daily basis."
Boulier was part of an extremely successful run for the Saints. While playing at St. Lawrence from 2011 through 2016, she helped the team to three seasons with 19 or more wins. That included an ECAC Hockey Tournament championship and NCAA quarterfinals appearance in 2012.
A native of Watertown, Conn., Boulier was an ECAC Hockey All-Rookie selection in 2011-12 after totaling 20 points (4-16-20) in her first season. As a sophomore she earned first team All-ECAC Hockey honors, totaling 32 points (8-24-32). After missing the 2013-14 season due to injury, she returned to the ice in 2014-15 and earned third team All-ECAC Hockey recognition while also serving as the team captain. She finished with six goals and 17 assists for 23 points. This past season, she again served as team captain. She was named second team All-ECAC Hockey, finishing with 29 points (10-19-29).
Boulier broke the St. Lawrence program records for career goals and points by a defenseman in the team's quarterfinal series win over Princeton this past March. She finished her career with 28 goals and 76 assists for 104 points.
Boulier earned multiple team awards during her career, including the Bernie McKinnon MVP Award and the Best Defensive Player Award in both 2015 and 2016. She also earned the Martha Matura Perseverance Award in 2014.
A philosophy major as an undergraduate, Boulier received her Master's of Education degree in educational leadership from St. Lawrence this past May. She was an ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection from 2013 through 2016 and was on the Dean's List for seven semesters. This spring she became a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, a national honor society for student-athletes.
Boulier's work experience includes a summer stint as a coach at I Play Harder hockey, two summers of work as a team leader at Rink Sport Development Camp and time as a counselor at Wolfeboro summer boarding school. She also served as a coaching intern at St. Lawrence this past fall. Boulier has done extensive community service as well, including work with the Canton (N.Y.) Youth Hockey Association from 2011 to 2016.
Prior to attending St. Lawrence Boulier captained Westminster and the Connecticut Polar Bears. She was a part of the U.S. Under-18 team in 2011.
In addition to Boulier and Flygh the Yale coaching staff also includes Rob Morgan, who returns for his second season as associate head coach.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity