By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88
As October rears its head around the corner signaling the start of hockey season, there has been quite a bit of news via the Bruins social media. While the re-signing of Captain Patrice Bergeron and veteran David Krejci made a splash on social media there was another signing that may have flown under the radar: Danielle Marmer.
Marmer became the first woman the Boston Bruins have hired in an on-ice role within the organization. The Bruins formally announced on July 14th that they hired the Vermont native as a Player Development and Scouting Assistant. In her new role, she will directly work with Player development Coordinator (and former Bruin) Adam McQuaid.
The former student-athlete and Director of Player Development and Operations for Quinnipiac University, Marmer received glowing endorsements from the Bruins brass.
“We just felt that she was a terrific fit for where we wanted to go in that directive and the thing that she had been doing at Quinnipiac, and what she could apply to our Hockey Operations. And we will continue to do that.
We are trying to hire great people that want to work for the Boston Bruins and improve our hockey club and Danielle added to that. Anybody else that we come across in the same manner, we are going to try to continue to push the needles in those areas.”Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney
“I’m not a trailblazer…there are a lot of women right now in leadership roles in the NHL and in other development roles, so I like to think of myself as a reinforcer.”Danielle Marmer
The former assistant coach at the Connecticut College women’s ice hockey program comes with an impressive background in regards to her involvement with the sport. Marmer has been playing hockey since she was five and excelled in the sport on both the girls’ and boys’ team.
“My mom ran the rink in my town and I played on boys and girls’ club teams.”
In her first season at the Connecticut College, Marmer led the team to a record 15 wins and placed second in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) during the 1017-18 season. There she was involved in recruiting, practices, film break-down, player evaluations and strength/conditioning.
Marmer was the U15 USA National Camp Intern for USA Hockey camps where she selected players in the Atlantic District. She was also the team coach at Princeton’s Exposure Hockey Camp and was lead instructor for the Vault Summer Training Program.
In 2013-2017 the Dorset, Vermont native was a forward for the Quinnipiac women’s hockey team where she was a member of the 2015-2016 ECAC Championship Team. The Bobcats finished with an impressive 30-3-5 record. Marmer played 132 games and ended her career posting two goals and 13 assists for 15 points.
As a student athlete, she also graduated Summa Cum Laude and was name to Quinnipiac’s Dean List five times. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies. She also received the National Scholar Athletic Aware, Quinnipiac Scholar Athlete Award and was named to the ECAC All-Academic Team four years in a row.
Bringing her passion for the game landed Marmer in the Bruins Diversity and Inclusion Mentorship Program that launched last Fall where she was paired with Associated Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Nadeau.
“I think (Nadeau) liked my reports on players and my ability to talk hockey… I envisioned it as being an opportunity to work on my abilities to evaluate players, but I had no intention of trying to get in with the Bruins.”
It was her work through this program that caught the eye of the Bruins brass that led them to bring on Marmer in the full-time hockey operations role.
“…Danielle Marmer is someone that was part of our Diversity and Inclusion Scouting Program and worked her way through there for an entire year, working with our staff. We just felt that she was a terrific fit for where we wanted to go in that directive and the thing she had been doing at Quinnipiac , and what she could apply to our hockey Operations. And we’ll continue to do that.
We are trying to hire great people that want to work for the Boston Bruins and improve our hockey club and Danielle added to that. And anybody ese that we come across in the same manner, we are going to try to continue to push the needles in those areas.”Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney
By the looks of it, Marmer has landed a dream job in Boston and has nothing but praise for the staff.
“The Bruins staff has been phenomenal. Every single person that I’ve interacted with on the Bruins and within this organization has been unbelievably welcoming. I think every day since the Draft I’ve had a ‘wow’ moment… it’s happening every day.”