Blades of glory North Smithfield’s Sherman continues pro hockey career with CWHL’s Boston squadBy ERIC BENEVIDES, Valley Breeze Sports Editor
WINTHROP, Mass. – Cassandra Sherman’s Jeep Liberty has been logging a ton of miles these past couple months.
The North Smithfield native’s hockey odyssey, which has taken her from North Smithfield High in the late 2000s to the Rice Memorial High prep hockey team of South Burlington, Vt., the University of Southern Maine Huskies women’s hockey team, and last winter, with the Frauen 2 Liga Nord champion Düsseldorfer EG women’s hockey team in Düsseldorf, Germany, has brought her back home.
The 23-year-old Sherman is now a forward on the Boston Blades, which plays their home games at the Mike Eruzione Center in Winthrop, Mass., and is the lone U.S. hockey squad in the seven-team CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League), which began its 11th season last month.
But Sherman, who currently resides in Gray, Maine, a two-hour drive from Winthrop, isn’t just playing for the Blades. She’s also an assistant coach for her Southern Maine alma mater, which is guided by her former head coach, John Lauziere, and which campus in Gorham is a half hour south of Gray. And during the week, she’s also putting in part-time hours as a nanny for a family with two sons that lives 20 minutes away in Falmouth.
When you add up the hours she spends with her hockey teams and as a nanny, it comes out to roughly 80 hours a week. Throw in the time she spends commuting all over the place, and you have to wonder how Sherman keeps her sanity intact.
“I know it seems like a lot,” she said, “but it’s worth it.” READ MORE
North Smithfield’s Cassandra Sherman skates along the boards with the puck as she is pursued by a Calgary Inferno player during a CWHL game in Winthrop, Mass. Sherman, who began her professional hockey career last winter in Germany, is a forward for the Boston Blades of the CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League). Sherman is also an assistant coach for her former college team, the University of Southern Maine.