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Mass. Teen Is First Girl to Make Hockey All-Star Team

Mar 8, 2011 – 12:28 PM
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Niki Lamparelli, a high school varsity hockey goalie from Norwell, Mass., is the first girl ever to be named to her league's all-star team. A senior, 18-year-old Lamparelli is one of only three girls on Norwell High School's boy's hockey team.

This is Lamparelli's first year back on the ice after a serious concussion sidelined her during her freshman year. She started playing at 7 years old.

Mass. Teen Is First Girl to Make Hockey All-Star Team
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Niki Lamparelli, a high school varsity hockey goalie from Norwell, Mass., is the first girl ever to be named to her league's all-star team.
"The team goalie graduated last year, so some of the kids on the team approached me," Lamparelli told AOL News. "They said they really needed a goalie and asked me if I'd be interested in trying out, so I did."

The three-year hiatus obviously did not diminish her skills: In addition to her all-star accolade, she helped her team advance to the state semifinals this season.

"What she's done becoming a league all-star, being a varsity starter, winning a tournament game in her first year [on varsity] has been unbelievable," her coach, Jim Casagrande, told CBS Boston.

Lamparelli said that from the start, the boys on the team have treated her and the other girls with complete respect. "They've been very welcoming. There's no discrimination or anything," she said. "The only difference is I have to change in a different locker room."

When asked if she gets nervous when she's up against male players twice her size, Lamparelli is nonchalant.

"I mean, some of their shots can be up to 70 mph, but I have a lot of equipment on, so it's not too intimidating."

Lamparelli spends her time outside the rink building a successful modeling career.

"When I was 15 I got my braces off and signed with an agency in Boston," she said. "My latest advertising campaign was in TeenVogue, Allure and Lucky magazines."

Lamparelli plans to continue to pursue both her passions next year in college; she is applying to several New England schools.

"Even though it is harder for a girl to make it in hockey, particularly on a boy's team, just stick with it," she advised other young girls who want to play hockey. "Practice hard and stay dedicated. Anything can happen."

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