2020 Patty Kazmaier Winner Élizabeth Giguère Signs with Boston

by Leah Jacobson

Boston, MA – The Boston Pride have announced the signing of NCAA superstar forward Élizabeth Giguère to a one-year contract for the 2022-23 Premier Hockey Federation season. Additional terms of the contract will not be disclosed. 

“I am beyond excited to be a part of the Boston Pride this season. I’ve heard so many great things about the culture within and surrounding the team and can’t wait to get things started,” said Giguère. “Having played out east for four years of my college career I am looking forward to moving back. Boston has always been a city I love visiting, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to play for this amazing program and hopefully bring back another Isobel Cup!”

The 25-year-old Quebec native has been a national sensation for the last five years as she dominated the collegiate level. During her time at Clarkson University from 2017-21, Giguère  broke the freshman scoring record and then some with an unsurpassable 71 points in just 41 games, then scored the overtime winner in the 2018 NCAA National Championship game. As a sophomore, she was a finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award in 2019 after producing 73 points in 40 games, then won the award the following season as a junior in 2020 to cement her status as the top women’s collegiate hockey player in the nation with 66 points including 37 goals in 37 games. She served as captain of the Golden Knights as a senior and became the program’s all-time leading scorer with an incredible 233 points in 137 games played. Additional accolades from her career at Clarkson include the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team (2018), ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year (2018), selection to the ECAC Hockey First Team All-League (2018 & 2020), CCM/AHCA Hockey Second Team All-American (2018), USCHO.com Player of the Year (2019), CCM/AHCA Hockey First Team All-American (2019 & 2020), ECAC Hockey Second Team All-League (2019), ECAC Hockey Player of the Year (2020), and ECAC Hockey Best Forward (2020). 

Giguère added an additional 62 points in 40 games during the 2021-22 season as a graduate transfer at University of Minnesota-Duluth. The CCM/AHCA Hockey Second Team All-American led the Bulldogs in scoring and brought her team all the way to the Frozen Four final. Her 295 career points in 177 games rank sixth in all-time NCAA Division I history.

“Elizabeth is a generational talent that has had a record-breaking career in the NCAA. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have a player of her caliber in our line-up. We feel she will be not only one of the best players in our league, but one of the best in the world as she continues to break records,” said Pride head coach, Paul Mara. “We are very fortunate to be able to put her skills and talent around our incredible players. It is a dream come true for our organization and a nightmare for opposing teams.”

Giguère is the Pride’s eighth signing of the offseason and second 2022 collegiate graduate following Harvard’s Becca Gilmore. As one of the most accomplished players the NCAA has ever seen, Giguère adds tremendous value to an already dangerous line-up. The Pride show no signs of slowing down as they continue to strengthen their roster while they seek their third straight Isobel Cup Championship.