|Home arena||Walter Brown Arena
Black, Gold, White
|General manager||Krista Patronick|
|Head coach||Brian McCloskey|
|Website||Boston Blades Official Website|
The Boston Blades are a professional women's ice hockey team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League, and are based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Blades play most of their home games at the Walter Brown Arena. Since beginning play in the 2010–11 CWHL season, the Boston Blades have won the Clarkson Cup on two occasions; once in the 2012–2013 season, and again in the 2014–2015 season.
Coaches & Staff (Updated for 2016–17)
- Head Coach: Brian McCloskey
- General Manager: Krista Patronick
Roster (Updated for 2016–17)
|30||Jetta Rackleff||RIT||Brampton Thunder||Bend, Oregon|
|35||Lauren Dahm||Clarkson||Baldwinsville, New York|
|2||Sato Kikuchi||Nippon Sport Science University||Tokyo, Japan|
|3||Nachi Fujimoto||Sapporo International|
|7||Dru Burns||Boston College||Burlington, Massachusetts|
|9||Clara St. Germain||Middlebury||Ashburnham, Massachusetts|
|12||Cassandra Opela||University of Connecticut||Penfield, New York|
|18||Maggie DiMasi||Northeastern||Burlington, Vermont|
|27||Tara Watchorn||Boston University||Calgary Inferno||Ajax, Ontario|
|4||Nicole Giannino||Holy Cross||USA Women's Inline Team||Bay Shore, New York|
|5||Sadie St. Germain||Syracuse||Ashburnham, Massachusetts|
|6||Erin Kickham||Boston College||Needham, Massachusetts|
|8||Kayla Tutino||Boston University||Lorraine, Quebec|
|11||Dakota Woodworth||Boston University||Carlisle, Massachusetts|
|15||Megan Myers||Utica College||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|17||Meghan Grieves||Boston College|
|19||Margaret Zimmer||University of Connecticut|
|23||Melissa Bizzari||Boston College|
|24||Kristina Brown||Boston College||HPK|
|25||Kristen Levesque||Rhode Island|
|28||Kate Leary||Boston College|
|Clarkson Cup Playoffs|
|2016–17||5th||Did not qualify for playoffs.|
|2015–16||5th||Did not qualify for playoffs.|
|2014–15||1st||Won Clarkson Cup Championship against Montreal Stars. W(2–3 OT)|
|2013–14||2nd||Lost Clarkson Cup Championship against Toronto Furies. L(1–0 OT)|
|2012–13||1st||Won Clarkson Cup Championship against Montreal Stars. W(5–2)|
|2011–12||2nd||Did not win necessary amount of playoff games (2) to qualify for Clarkson Cup Championship.|
|2010–11||3rd||Lost in first round of Clarkson Cup Playoffs against Toronto Furies. Swept 2–0|
On September 14, 2010, retired goalkeeper Erin Whitten was named Boston's first 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 greatest 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 games. A seven-game losing streak ensued, however, and the Blades finished with a 10–16 record, but still good enough for third place in the five team league. In the playoffs against the Toronto Aeros, the Blades lost 4–2 and 3–1, and were swept in the best-of-three series.
In the 2012–2013 season, the Boston Blades became the second American-based team to capture the Clarkson Cup, the women's equivalent of the men's Stanley Cup. The Clarkson Cup is named after Canada's former Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson. The Blades beat rival Montreal for the clinching victory, and were also the regular season champions. Hilary Knight was named CWHL MVP, Geneviève Lacasse Best Goalie, and Digit Murphy Coach of the Year.
In the second last game of the regular season in 2013–14, Jessica Koizumi became the first player to register 50 career points with the Blades franchise.
In the 2014–2015 season, the Blades finished the regular season with the best record in the CWHL. During the season, the league held its 1st Canadian Women's Hockey League All-Star Game, with Digit Murphy serving as the winning coach for Team Red. The Blades regular season record was 15–2–1–6, good enough for the first seed in the Clarkson Cup Playoffs. In the first round of the Clarkson Cup Playoffs, the Blades were matched up against the fourth seeded Toronto Furies. The best-of-three series ended in a sweep for the Blades, as they collected both 3–0 and 7–3 victories.
On March 7, 2015, the Boston Blades matched up against the Montreal Stars in a battle for the Clarkson Cup. The Blades were on a quest for their second Cup in three years; the Blades had previously won the Clarkson Cup in the 2012–2013 season. Both the Blades and Stars tallied goals in the first and third periods. Hillary Knight and Brianna Decker were the lone goal scorers in regulation for the Blades. Regulation ended with the score tied at 2–2, so an overtime was required to decide a winner. Wasting little to no time, Janine Weber scored the series-clinching goal on a pass from her former college roommate Corinne Buie, with 2:12 in the overtime period, earning the Boston Blades their second Clarkson Cup.
The following players participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics:
- United States women's national ice hockey team
- Canada women's national ice hockey team
Notable Former Players
- Caitlin Cahow
- Molly Engstrom
- Erika Lawler
- Kelli Stack
- Kelley Steadman
- Karen Thatcher
- Kacey Bellamy
- Meghan Duggan
- Hilary Knight
- Gigi Marvin
- Molly Schaus
- Anne Schleper
- Jaclyn Hawkins
- Geneviève Lacasse
|Season||Leader (F)||GP||G||A||Pts||Leader (D)||GP||G||A||Pts||PPG||SHG||GWG|
|2010–11||Sam Faber||23||15||15||30||Angela Ruggiero||22||11||15||26||Ruggiero (6)||Faber (2)||Jessica Koizumi (3)|
|2011–12||Kelli Stack||27||25||17||42||Kacey Bellamy||22||5||7||12||Stack (4)||Erika Lawler and Kacey Bellamy (1)||Gigi Marvin (4)|
|2012–13||Hilary Knight||24||17||15||32||Anne Schleper||24||2||13||15||Knight (3)||Karen Thatcher (1)||Knight (5)|
|2013–14||Jillian Dempsey||24||14||14||28||Blake Bolden||23||5||14||19||Dempsey (5)||Casey Pickett (2)||Four tied with 2|
|2014–15||Brianna Decker||12||16||16||32||Tara Watchorn||21||6||14||20||Decker (6)||Decker and Watchorn (2)|
|2015–16||Megan Myers||17||4||3||7||Tara Watchorn||23||2||4||6||Seven tied with 1*||None||Kristina Brown (1)
[scored in shootout]
All-Time Scoring Leaders
Awards & Honors
- Hilary Knight, 2013 CWHL Player of the Year
- Genevieve Lacasse, 2013 CWHL Goaltender of the Year
- Jillian Dempsey, 2014 CWHL Rookie of the Year
- Jillian Dempsey, 2013–14 Leading scorer among CWHL rookies
- Brianna Decker, CWHL Rookie of the Year (2014–15)
- Jillian Dempsey, 2014–15 Leading scorer among CWHL rookies
- Tara Watchorn, CWHL Defender of the Year (2014–15)
- First overall, CWHL standings (2012–13)
- First overall, CWHL standings (2014–15)
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- 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Roster
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