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3 SLU Women's Hockey Alumni Take Coaching Positions

Three St. Lawrence women's hockey alumnae have taken new coaching positions in recent weeks.

Chelsea Grills '07 M'09 was recently promoted to the head women's hockey coaching role at the University of Ottawa, while Amanda Boulier '15 M'16 has been named the head girls' hockey coach at Marshall School in Duluth, Minnesota, and Jacquie Diffley

'20 has taken an assistant girls hockey coaching position at the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts.

Grills, who ranks third on the Saints' all-time scoring list with 169 points had been serving as the interim head coach since November and was an assistant coach for the Gee-Gees for the previous two seasons.

"I'm from the Ottawa area so this is a dream come true," Grills said in a press conference via Zoom, as reported by theOttawa Sun. "The last seven months have been an incredible journey for our team and I can't wait to see where we go next."

Boulier, the Saints' all-time leading scoring defenseman with 104 points, will be taking on her first head coaching position. Formerly an assistant coach at Yale, Boulier will also be continuing her career as a player, resigning with the NWHL's Minnesota Whitecaps for her third season with the team and fourth in the league. She was second in media balloting for the NHWL Defender of the Year award and scored six goals with 21 assists in 22 games in 2019-20.

Diffley's coaching career is just beginning at Groton, as she wrapped up her St. Lawrence career this year. She finished her career with four goals and 14 assists, scoring perhaps the most memorable goal of the season in the Saints' 1-0 win over Clarkson in the team's first game in renovated Appleton Arena in January.

"It's always great to see our alumnae giving back to the game, and we have quite list of alumnae who have gone on to have long and successful careers coaching women's hockey," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Our players graduate with a great appreciation of St. Lawrence and every aspect of their student-athlete experience. This makes them stand out as great candidates for coaching positions at all levels."

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