Boston Brings Back Top Canadian Winger; Putigna Re-signs

by Leah Jacobson

Boston, MA – The Boston Pride continue adding offensive depth to their 2022-23 roster with the re-signing of forward Christina Putigna for the upcoming Premier Hockey Federation season. Additional terms of the contract will not be disclosed.

“I’m feeling very humbled to be back for another season in Boston.” said Putigna. “For the past three years this city has become my home and I am so grateful to this organization and my teammates, those that make it all a success. I’m looking forward to continuing to take care of business, again, in my fourth season!”

Putigna, a 24-year-old from Grimsby, Ontario, joined the Pride as a free agent ahead of the 2019-20 season. The forward had an outstanding rookie year competing on the top-line with McKenna Brand, who has also re-signed with the Pride, and captain Jillian Dempsey. The trio totaled 105 points, helping the team earn a record-breaking 23-1 record on the season. Putigna’s contributions were 29 points including 21 assists in 24 games, which was the most recorded by a Canadian player through the league’s first five seasons. She led the entire PHF in scoring during the shortened 2021 campaign, and produced 10 points in 20 games most recently in 2021-22. Her three-year totals are 47 points, with 16 goals and 31 assists, in 51 regular season games, with a cumulative +40 rating. Putigna is a two-time All-Star, as well as a back-to-back Isobel Cup champion.

“[Putigna] has been one of the best forwards in this league for the past three years. She has fantastic play-making abilities and has been a contributing factor to our championships.” said Pride head coach, Paul Mara. “We look forward to her continuing to be one of the most dangerous forwards in the PHF!”

Prior to her professional career in the PHF, Putigna was a Friar at Providence College from 2015-19 where she totaled 110 points in 135 collegiate games. The elite play-maker always lent a helping hand, as she was in the top three players on her team in assists throughout all four years. In 2016, Putigna was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team. Putigna was also selected to the Hockey East All-Tournament team during her senior season.

Putigna is Boston’s fifth signing of the off-season, and the third player to re-sign, joining fellow All-Stars in Brand and Meghara McManus, plus free agent acquisition Allie Thunstrom, and newcomer Becca Gilmore. All five signings for the Pride have been forwards as they fortify an already strong offense. The Pride look to win their third straight Isobel Cup championship in the upcoming 2022-23 season.