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Photos: The Shamrock Shootout Street Hockey Tournament

The annual Shamrock Shootout on Temple Street in West Roxbury shuts down the neighborhood, draws hundreds of hockey playing kids.

 

The annual Shamrock Shootout in West Roxbury shutdown the Temple Street neighborhood on Saturday, March 17, 2012. 

The Shootout's Headquarters were once again sited at Mike and Marybeth O'Brien's house. 

This year's street hockey tournament featured The Irish Steppers team, the first all-girls team, as well as more than 400 kids playing in their own March Madness tournament.

Many players donned orange and green dyed hair with their Shamrock Shootout t-shirts.

Politicians such as West Roxbury District Councilor Matt O'Malley, US Senator Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, came to show their support. Brown and the unofficial mayor of West Roxbury, Richie Gormley, dropped the ceremonial first puck.

But the kids didn't care who was there, they were excited about the hockey action. While goalie Owen Connolly, 12, of West Roxbury, flashed his skills, his friends: Jack Fitzgerald, Nolan Doherty, and Jake Moynihan, acted as his agents, as Jack said, "He's the boss. He's a great goalie."

There were rumors that Catholic Memorial scouts were walking Temple Street looking for the Knights' next star.

As moms, dads, and dogs dotted the street, West Roxbury's Dave Isberg reflected on the annual street hockey tournament, "It's not about hockey. It's about neighborhood."

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