The high school Maddie attended was East Catholic, just a few miles across the river in Manchester. They were part of a high school co-op team comprised of girls from Glastonbury, South Windsor and East Catholic Highs. They were referred to as ETB for the school’s nicknames: Eagles,Tomahawks, Bobcats. Maddie had a great career there as a high scoring wing, and among other honors was a Southern Connecticut Conference Girls Ice Hockey First Team.All Star and also the Girls' Ice Hockey, Division I Player of the Year in the SCC. Maddie commented modestly “ I got lucky with the four years I played there we had great teams each year.“ But there was a bittersweet moment, and it occurred in overtime in a Championship Game. The end was, to say the least, premature. It actually garnered a lot of attention at the time, with Maddie even being interviewed afterwards by USA Today about the game. The issue was, that after two overtime periods, the game remained tied. Instead of playing until someone scored, the game was called, So that the scheduled bot’s game could begin. Both squads became co-Champions. Maddie was understandably frustrated, and Cetacean Nation asked her to reflect on that game in hindsight, now that it lay further in her past. Maddie gathered her recollections and stated
“It’s always tough looking back. We ended at two overtimes and never got a full finish But at the end of the day I look back, and the team, we were State Champions. And it stinks it was never fully defined, and we never finished the game. And there was never declared an overall winner. But looking back I think: I won a state title in high school! I think the thing that hurts the worst was that reality that there was a guys team coming on after us, and that was ultimately said to be why they determined our game to be over. And that’s where equality comes in and all that stuff. We should be allowed to play and we should be allowed to play it out. If it had been stopped because there was a another girl’s game following, it wouldn’t have been the underlying thought of: is this really why it was ended, because there was a guy’s game after us? You just never know. We had so many good runs even throughout my four years, but I can’t look back and say we won those years.We lost the next year in the State final. So at least I get to look back and have the appreciation of knowing that in high school, I won a State Championship. Obviously at the time it hurt, but now there’s different feelings towards it. I look back, and we were State Champions, and that’s all you can look at.”
At East Catholic High School, about the same number of student are involved in service programs as in athletics, about 80%. That seemed a pretty remarkable statistic, and we asked Maddie how that came about. She revealed
“East Catholic had a rule that you had to complete a certain amount of service hours, which was awesome honestly. Because it gets everyone involved. And until you are forced to be involved in something you don’t realize even, how much it makes an impact on your life. Our whole team got involved in the soup kitchens in Manchester. So we set up for our whole team to go to this service event, and it would account for our school requirement. But it was awesome to go with our team, and have everyone do it as a whole. You would go to the soup kitchens for three hours, and then we would do it again until we met our requirement. Our team definitely got involved, together. It was awesome to be a part of. The ten hours service we would have to do each year. So we would probably do the soup kitchens, whether it was two times, and two times a year the next year, and so on. It was spread out from my freshman to my senior year. It was awesome, I give East Catholic so much credit for being involved in that. East Catholic is a great school, and this really opens your eyes to not take a lot of things for granted, because we do really live good lives, you know? “ Cetacean Nation agrees and thinks although no one can fix everything, everyone can do a little something, it makes the world a better place.
Maddie’s full first name is Maddison, but it seemed she goes by Maddie primarily. We asked if that indeed was the case and she confirmed
“Oh, 100%! I even think when I was signing my Sacred Heart papers,I signed everything Maddie. And our head coach calls everyone by their first name, and by their full name. But I was the only one different, he called me Maddie! Honestly, Maddie was what coach called me. So people on the team called me Bishop, just because it’s my last name. And in high school as well, everyone just called me Bishop, because it was a cool last name I guess. Other than that, anything that flowed out of people’s mouths that they were calling me, I was like: All right! :) My East Catholic head coach called me mini, because I’m always the smallest person on any team you’ll ever meet, like always! I”m 5’3”. :)
When it came time to choose a college, Maddie opted for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT Shevexplained her decision, this way.
“So my brother actually went to Sacred Heart as well. .My brother is only twenty-three, two years ahead of me, so he was a sophomore at the time I wanted to go. But I really wasn’t fond of looking at colleges. The thought of change at first really scared me. I was so nervous about leaving high school. In high school I made such a name for myself on the team, like so many other girls did as well. We just had such success as a team. And moving on was so hard for me. So I didn’t look at too many colleges, and finally my coach from the Northern Lights was like: Maddie, where do you want to go to school? Let me know and I’m going to call a bunch of coaches and help you out. And finally Sacred Heart came up, because it’s so close to home, it’s only an hour away from me. My brother was there which gave me a little bit of comfort in that aspect. And I loved the campus, they’ve done so much work to that campus, it’s beautiful. So, It was like you know, if I could play there that would be the ideal place that I could go. So my coach talked to Tommy O (SHU Head Coach Tom O’Malley) who is there right now. And he was like:Yeah, I think Maddie’s a good player, we’d love to have her! So I went and it turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made, honestly. I met great people there, the team was awesome, I learned so much from all of it. It’s been awesome! “
Maddie continued “I majored in finance and economics, and I was unclear as to what career paths I wanted. My Dad is a very big business guy, so he advised me to maybe just start out undecided in business and see where I wanted to go want to go in that. And I’ve always liked math, and I’ve always been a numbers girl. So once I started getting into some of the electives in Finance! liked that a lot. You could also double major so you could put Economics with it as well, because they seemed to go hand in hand. So I enjoyed that, and ended up getting my degree in both.So I’m a double major, Finance, and Economics.! “
Sacred Heart had a virtual graduation, and we asked Maddie if there was anything else in the works along those lines. She replied
“We don’t, they cancelled the one that would have happened in May which obviously, we understand, because everyone’s safety icomes first. So they’re sending emails out and saying they get what we are going through, and there’s will be a celebration, they just are unsure when they’re going to have it. So they say they will, but at the same time, who knows with everything going on right now, when it’s going to end, or what’s going on with all of it. I’m very unsure when we’re going to have it.”
On the ice for the SHU Pioneers, Maddie had a great career, accounting for 88 points (32g/56a) during her four seasons skating as a forward. "I’m a wing"she told us "I used to play both, but I was not very good as a center. My high school coach had me there for one year, and then he was like, Yeah, you’re going to be a wing. And ever since then, I’ve stuck to wing.” In the 2016-2017 season, Maddie helped lead the Pioneers to a New England Women's Hockey Alliance Championship, and served as a co-Captain her. senior season. Since she had also been a Captain at East Catholic, we asked her about her leadership style. She shared