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PWHL Boston

PWHL Boston
CityBoston, Massachusetts
LeaguePWHL
Founded29 August 2023 (2023-08-29)
Home arenaTsongas Center at UMass Lowell
ColorsForest green, gray, white
     
Owner(s)Mark Walter Group
General managerDanielle Marmer
Head coachCourtney Kessel
CaptainHilary Knight
Websiteboston.thepwhl.com
Current season

PWHL Boston is a professional ice hockey team based in Lowell, Massachusetts. They are one of the six charter franchises of the Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL).

History

Founding and inaugural season

On August 29, 2023, it was announced that one of the PWHL's first six franchises would be located in Boston.[1][2] This ensured the continuation of professional women's hockey in the area after the folding of the Boston Pride and the Premier Hockey Federation earlier that summer; the Pride had been that league's most successful franchise, winning three Isobel Cup championships.[3] Danielle Marmer, a former scout and player development assistant for the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins, was named PWHL Boston's inaugural general manager.[4][5] On September 15, Boston University women's team associate head coach Courtney Kessel was announced as the team's first head coach.[6]

The team's first three player signings were United States national team players Hilary Knight, Aerin Frankel, and Megan Keller, all signed to three-year deals.[7][8] Boston's first selection in the 2023 PWHL Draft, held on September 18, was Swiss forward Alina Müller, taken third overall.[9]

In November, it was revealed that the team's colors would be green, gray, and white.[10] It was also revealed that the team would host home games at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.[11]

Boston's Aerin Frankel makes a save in 2024.

Ahead of the start of the inaugural 2024 season, former Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron introduced Knight as Boston's captain; Keller and Jamie Lee Rattray were introduced as alternate captains.[12] The team hosted its inaugural game against PWHL Minnesota on January 3, 2024.[13] The team's first ever goal was scored by Theresa Schafzahl, 7:59 into the 2nd period.[14] Minnesota ultimately won the game by a score of 3–2.[15] Boston's first victory came in a 3–2 overtime decision against PWHL Montreal on January 13.[16] Boston went on to finish third in the league standings, clinching a playoff spot in their final regular season game.[17]

In the first round of the playoffs, Boston faced Montreal. Boston went on to defeat Montreal in three straight games, with all three victories coming in overtime.[18] Boston advanced to the championship series, where they faced Minnesota. Goaltender Aerin Frankel led the playoffs in saves.[19] However, Boston lost a close five-game series, with Minnesota clinching the Walter Cup championship in Lowell on May 29.[20]

Team

Current roster

As of 4 May 2024[21][22][23]
No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
8 Canada Lexie Adzija F L 23 2024 St. Thomas, Ontario
55 Canada Kelly Babstock F R 31 2024 Mississauga, Ontario
20 United States Hannah Brandt F R 30 2023 Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
2 United States Emily Brown D L 25 2023 Blaine, Minnesota
18 Canada Abby Cook D R 26 2024 Kelowna, British Columbia
22 Canada Jessica DiGirolamo D L 25 2023 Mississauga, Ontario
31 United States Aerin Frankel G L 25 2023 New York City, New York
13 Canada Kaleigh Fratkin D R 32 2023 Burnaby, British Columbia
36 Canada Loren Gabel F L 26 2023 Kitchener, Ontario
17 United States Taylor Girard Injured Reserve F L 25 2023 Macomb, Michigan
97 Canada Jess Healey D L 27 2023 Edmonton, Alberta
5 United States Megan Keller (A) D L 28 2023 Farmington, Michigan
21 United States Hilary Knight (C) F R 34 2023 Palo Alto, California
77 Canada Nicole Kosta F R 31 2023 Mississauga, Ontario
35 United States Cami Kronish G L 24 2023 New York City, New York
19 United States Gigi Marvin F R 37 2023 Bemidji, Minnesota
7 United States Sidney Morin D R 29 2023 Minnetonka, Minnesota
11 Switzerland Alina Müller F L 26 2023 Lengnau, Switzerland
16 United States Amanda Pelkey F R 31 2023 Montpelier, Vermont
47 Canada Jamie Lee Rattray (A) F L 31 2023 Kanata, Ontario
37 Austria Theresa Schafzahl F L 24 2023 Weiz, Austria
9 Canada Sophie Shirley F R 24 2023 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
30 Sweden Emma Söderberg G L 26 2023 Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
88 Finland Susanna Tapani F L 31 2024 Laitila, Finland
12 United States Taylor Wenczkowski F R 26 2023 Rochester, New Hampshire

Reserves

As of 4 May 2024[21][22][23]
No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
14 United States Caitrin Lonergan F R 26 2024 Roslindale, Massachusetts

Draft history

The 2023 PWHL Draft was held on September 18, 2023, and used a "snake draft" format with the selection order reversing after each round.[24][25] Boston's first pick was at number 3 overall.[26]

2023 PWHL Draft
Rd Pick Player Nationality Position Previous team
1 3 Alina Muller  Switzerland Forward Northeastern Huskies (Hockey East)
2 10 Sophie Jaques  Canada Defence Ohio State Buckeyes (WCHA)
3 15 Jamie Lee Rattray  Canada Forward Team Harvey's (PWHPA)
4 22 Loren Gabel  Canada Forward Boston Pride (PHF)
5 27 Hannah Brandt  United States Forward Team Sonnet (PWHPA)
6 34 Jessica DiGirolamo  Canada Defence Team Adidas (PWHPA)
7 39 Theresa Schafzahl  Austria Forward Vermont Catamounts (Hockey East)
8 46 Emily Brown  United States Defence Team Sonnet (PWHPA)
9 51 Taylor Girard  United States Forward Connecticut Whale (PHF)
10 58 Emma Söderberg  Sweden Goaltender Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (WCHA)
11 63 Sophie Shirley  Canada Forward Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA)
12 70 Shiann Darkangelo  United States Forward Toronto Six (PHF)
13 75 Emma Buckles  Canada Defence Team Sonnet (PWHPA)
14 82 Tatum Skaggs  United States Forward Team Scotiabank (PWHPA)
15 87 Jess Healey  Canada Defence Buffalo Beauts (PHF)

References

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