Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Aiello named to Ice Girls squad 

Posted by Sasha at 8:52 PM ET

Nov 18, 2008

Billerica, Mass. - Samantha Aiello has to work one of her part-time jobs on Friday night.

Working weekends isn’t usually fun.

Not usually…

Aiello is one of the newest members of the Boston Bruins’ Ice Girls.

Now in their fourth year, the Ice Girls are an attractive and entertaining distraction during breaks in the hockey action.

A group of 20 women between the ages of 18 and 26, the Ice Girls have become a popular part of games at the TD BankNorth Garden by walking through the stands and conducting two separate “T-shirt tosses” in the second and third periods.

“The fans are just awesome,” said Aiello, a 2006 graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School that is now in college pursuing a degree in elementary education. “And I’m really into hockey.”

Aiello, 20, first tried out for the Ice Girls two years ago.

Although she didn’t make it then, she tried out again on Sept. 14 and was one of the 20 lucky ladies chosen among a talent pool of more than 150.

“It was a 12-hour, intense audition,” Aiello recalled.

The interview process included an interview and a 30-second dance in front of three judges before a second round that included a similar process in front of a panel of six.

Aiello’s career as an Ice Girl started on opening night. In all, she’ll work 32 of the team’s 41 regular-season games including this Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers.

So far, she’s been a good-luck charm to the Black and Gold as the Bruins are hovering around first place this season with a recent 6-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens that Aiello was in the stands for.

“My family says [I’m a good luck charm],” Aiello laughed.

Along with mingling with fans and tossing T-shirts, the Ice Girls also occasionally give out merchandise at the ticket turnstiles and make appearances at events such as this weekend’s Ski and Snowboard Exhibition at the Bay Side Expo Center.

Aiello is adjusting to life as a celebrity as fans often request pictures and even autographs from Aiello and her fellow Ice Girls.

“I’m just a girl from Billerica,” said Aiello, who studied cosmetology at Shawsheen Tech.

Aiello also works at the Billy Darwin Pre School in Lexington, getting a head-start on her career in education.

“It’s a lot of work,” she said of her busy schedule, “but it’s completely worth it. [The Ice Girls] is so much fun. I wish more people knew about us.”

And while Aiello doesn’t get to travel with the team, she recently discovered some exciting news.

“If the Bruins win the Stanley Cup,” she said, “we get to go on the Duck Boats.”
Part-time jobs aren’t usually fun.

Not usually…

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