The Boston Blades are a professional women's ice hockey team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League, and which plays in Boston, Massachusetts. The team plays its home games at various rinks around New England, including practice ice at Veterans Memorial Rink in Somerville, MA.
On September 14, 2010, retired goalkeeper Erin Whitten was named the team's head coach.An expansion draft was held to stock the team in August. Their most significant player was free agent signing Angela Ruggiero, four-time Olympian and one of the great stars of women's hockey history.
The Boston Blades’ inaugural season included 16 home games. Their first match, on October 30, 2010, ended with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Burlington Barracudas, and the team began the season with seven victories in their first twelve matches. A seven game losing streak ensued, however, and the Blades finished with a 10-16 record, good for third place in the five team league. They went on to the playoffs against the Toronto Aeros, losing 4-2 and 3-1 in a best-of-three series.
In the 2012-2013 season, the Boston Blades became the second American team to capture the Clarkson Cup, named after Canada's former Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson. They beat rival Montreal for the final win, and were also regular season champions. Hilary Knight was awarded the league's MVP award the day prior.