The Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League signed a familiar name with their fanbase on Monday, when they inked former Harvard University netminder, Brianna Laing to a rookie contract for the 2017-2018 season.
The 22-year-old goalie put up a 22-9-1 record, with a 1.66 goals against average and .935 save percentage in 35 games over four seasons with the Crimson. She received her degree in Intergrative Biology last month.
She helped Team USA win the silver at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championships. She was a participant of four USA Hockey Camps and three Warren Strelow Goaltending Camps.
Prior to her collegiate career, she helped lead Noble and Greenough School, in Dedham, Massachusetts to four New England high school championships. She developed her goaltending skills, beginning at the age of 10, with the Assabet Valley Girls Hockey program, in Concord, Massachusetts. Laing was able to help Assabet Valley capture five gold medals at the USA Hockey National World Championships.
Laing, is the younger sister of former Princeton University and Pride forward, Denna Laing, who has been honored by the four teams in the NWHL, with a helmet patch bearing her number 24, ever since she suffered a severe spinal cord injury on December 31, 2015, during the Women’s Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
She said, “Hockey has been a big part of my life and my family’s life, so I am proud to continue our legacy. Being able to play pro for the Pride, the team I had always hoped to play for, is an amazing opportunity. It is extra special because it is also a way to honor Denna, whom I think about every day and is such an inspiration to me and so many other people. The first time I wear that Boston Pride jersey with `LAING’ on the back will be incredible.”
While playing for the Pride, she will earn her Masters in Conservation Medicine at Tuft’s University, in Medford, Massachusetts. She added, “My goal is to become a veterinarian.”
The league will continue to wear the number 24, on every players’ helmet in the 2017-2018 to honor Denna as she recovers from her injury.
The new season is slated to begin in October with all four teams, New York Riveters, Connecticut Whale, Buffalo Beauts and the Pride paying a full slate of home matchups, with a few neutral site games. The Pride, Riveters and Whale will also have two exhibition games, each against Team Russia in the NWHL/Russia Summit Series.