TORONTO – The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is excited to announce the relocation of the Boston Blades hockey team to Worcester, MA. The Worcester Blades will officially begin the 2018/2019 season playing at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center.
The Blades first came to Boston in 2010 and were the first professional women’s hockey team to play in the state. The team has celebrated two Clarkson cup victories in 2013 and 2015 respectively and competed for the Cup in 2014 but lost to the Toronto Furies. Several great Olympians have played for Boston including Hilary Knight (2012-15), Meghan Duggan (2011-2015), Kacey Bellamy (2010-15) and Gigi Marvin (2012-13).
“This season brings about a lot of new changes. We have a new coach, a new GM, and even a new home,” Blades defense Kristina Brown said of the move. “The Blades have always been a team built around passion and a love for the game of hockey, and now we get to enter a new community that will be able to experience that culture. Worcester, being the second biggest city in Massachusetts, is growing, just like our program. They have a community that is excited about hockey, a community that supports its athletes, and a community in which we are beyond thrilled to become a part of. We are excited for what’s to come and to show Worcester what the Blades are about.”
Worcester is no stranger to the hockey community with several other local teams, including the Worcester Railers, that call Worcester home. “The Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center is thrilled to help facilitate the relocation of the Blades Worcester, who along with the Worcester Railers Hockey Club, becomes the second professional hockey team to call the Worcester Ice Center their home. I personally look forward to continuing a long relationship with Paul Kennedy and Derek Alfama as we help grow women’s hockey in central Massachusetts” said Brian DeVellis, president of ESG Associates Inc., the programming and operational manager of the Worcester Ice Center.
CWHL Interim Commissioner Jayna Hefford echoed the excitement surrounding the move. “We’re excited about our relocation to Worcester, a city that is a strong supporter of the hockey community. The Blades staff and players are eager to bring women’s hockey to Worcester and we look forward to working with the Railers on continuing to grow the hockey community.”
About the CWHL
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is the premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world. With six current clubs throughout North America and China, it enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment, and motivation. The league is a centrally funded not-for-profit organization, meaning all participating teams receive equal access to funding to ensure equal opportunity and competition. To learn more visit thecwhl.com.