The Boston Pride’s Training Camp was held this weekend at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, MA. For the regular season, the Pride will be playing at Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett. I went on Saturday morning to check out the players in attendance. While the stands were far from full, I definitely had company, including others snapping photos of the action on the ice.
The roster available at the door was full of familiar names and even more CWHL players than I expected. A breakdown:
Blades: Exactly half of the 30 players on the roster are from the Boston Blades, 14 of them current or former players, one (Brooke Fernandez, most recently of the ZSC Lions of the Swiss Women’s Hockey League) drafted by the Blades in the 15th round of the 2014 CWHL draft.
Olympians: Two-time Olympians Kelli Stack and Kacey Bellamy ( who was present but not skating).
US natives who’ve been playing abroad: Brooke Fernandez, Chelsea Furlani of Bolzano Eagles in the Elite Women’s Hockey League, and Cherie Hendrickson, a former Blades player who most recently played for the Moscow Region Tornado of the Russian Women’s Hockey League.
Team USA: In addition to Stack and Bellamy, the roster features several other players who’ve represented the US at the national level, including Emily Field, Amanda Pelkey, and Marissa Gedman.
All of the players present have played at the collegiate level, most of them for ECAC Hockey or Hockey East schools. All but Kierstin Visser are US natives.
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