Boston Blades

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Boston Blades
City Boston, Massachusetts
League CWHL
Founded 2010 (2010)
Home arena Walter Brown Arena
Boston, MA
Colors

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.[1] 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)[edit]

  • Head Coach: Brian McCloskey
  • General Manager: Krista Patronick

Source[2]

Roster (Updated for 2016–17)[edit]

Goalies
Number Player College Former Team Hometown
30 United States Jetta Rackleff RIT Brampton Thunder Bend, Oregon
35 United States Lauren Dahm Clarkson Baldwinsville, New York
Defense
Number Player College Former Team Hometown
2 Japan Sato Kikuchi Nippon Sport Science University Tokyo, Japan
3 Japan Nachi Fujimoto Sapporo International
7 United States Dru Burns Boston College Burlington, Massachusetts
9 United States Clara St. Germain Middlebury Ashburnham, Massachusetts
12 United States Cassandra Opela University of Connecticut Penfield, New York
18 Maggie DiMasi Northeastern Burlington, Vermont
27 Canada Tara Watchorn Boston University Calgary Inferno Ajax, Ontario
Forwards
Number Player College Former Team Hometown
4 United States Nicole Giannino Holy Cross USA Women's Inline Team Bay Shore, New York
5 United States Sadie St. Germain Syracuse Ashburnham, Massachusetts
6 United States Erin Kickham Boston College Needham, Massachusetts
8 Canada Kayla Tutino Boston University Lorraine, Quebec
10 Jackie Perez Norwich
11 United States Dakota Woodworth Boston University Carlisle, Massachusetts
15 United States Megan Myers Utica College Las Vegas, Nevada
17 United States Meghan Grieves Boston College
19 United States Margaret Zimmer University of Connecticut
22 Chelsey Goldberg Northeastern
23 United States Melissa Bizzari Boston College
24 United States Kristina Brown Boston College HPK
25 United States Kristen Levesque Rhode Island
28 Kate Leary Boston College

Reference[3]

Past Seasons[edit]

Year Regular
Season
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)[4]
2013–14 2nd Lost Clarkson Cup Championship against Toronto Furies. L(1–0 OT)[4]
2012–13 1st Won Clarkson Cup Championship against Montreal Stars. W(5–2)[4]
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

History[edit]

Boston Blades players: #8 Caitlin Cahow, #4 Angela Ruggiero and #22 Kacey Bellamy.

On August 12, 2010, the CWHL announced that Boston would be granted an expansion team for the 2010–11 CWHL season, ultimately making the Boston franchise the first US team in the CWHL.[1]

On September 14, 2010, retired goalkeeper Erin Whitten was named Boston's first head coach.[1] An expansion draft was held to stock the team in August.[5] 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.

Nine players of United States women's national ice hockey team were rostered on the Boston Blades for 2011–12 CWHL season.

The following players participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics:

Notable Former Players[edit]

Scoring Leaders[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season Leader (F) GP G A Pts Leader (D) GP G A Pts PPG SHG GWG
2010–11[7] Sam Faber 23 15 15 30 Angela Ruggiero 22 11 15 26 Ruggiero (6) Faber (2) Jessica Koizumi (3)
2011–12[8] 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[9] Hilary Knight 24 17 15 32 Anne Schleper 24 2 13 15 Knight (3) Karen Thatcher (1) Knight (5)
2013–14[10] 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]
2016–17 Kate Leary 24 10 6 16

All-Time Scoring Leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts Seasons
Jessica Koizumi 66 27 28 55 2010–15
Hilary Knight 38 25 28 53 2012–15
Kelli Stack 39 31 22 53 2011–13

Awards & Honors[edit]

Team honors[edit]

  • First overall, CWHL standings (2012–13)
  • First overall, CWHL standings (2014–15)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zhe, Mike (21 November 2010). "Blades have high aims in inaugural CWHL season". New England Hockey Journal. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Boston Blades: Coaching & Hockey Operations". CWHL. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Boston Blades: Roster". CWHL. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Clarkson Cup History". CWHL. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Boston lands CWHL expansion team; roster announced". New England Hockey Journal. 12 August 2010. Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. 
  6. ^ 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Roster
  7. ^ "Boston Blades: CWHL 2010/2011". pointstreak.com. 
  8. ^ "Boston Blades: CWHL 2011/2012". pointstreak.com. 
  9. ^ "Boston Blades: CWHL 2012/2013". pointstreak.com. 
  10. ^ "Boston Blades: CWHL 2013/2014". pointstreak.com. 

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