Dempsey, Fratkin, and Brand Named Captains for ‘20-’21 Season
BOSTON, MA — The Boston Pride is pleased to announce the naming of Jillian Dempsey as Captain, along with Kaleigh Fratkin and McKenna Brand as Assistant Captains, for the upcoming ‘20-’21 season. Both Dempsey and Fratkin, two of the longest-tenured players in the league, are returning in their leadership roles, and Brand will don a letter with the Pride for the first time this season.
“Our competitive culture and winning mentality will be paramount to our success this season, and you won’t find three better leaders to instill this upon our team,” said Head Coach, Paul Mara. “Jill and Kaleigh have a proven track record of strong leadership, and McKenna is a perfect complement to the pair.”
Entering her fourth season captaining the Pride, Dempsey has led by example, becoming the highest-scoring player in both Boston Pride and National Women's Hockey League history. The Boston Pride’s success last season, while an effort by the entire team and coaching staff, was due in part to Dempsey’s strong and inspiring leadership. Her impressive show during the season led to her captainship of her eponymous team during the 2020 All-Star Game.
“Being captain is the greatest honor for me,” said Dempsey. “I take tremendous pride in my role and consistently try to lead by example with hard work, heart, and tenacity. I love going to battle with my teammates, and I enjoy every opportunity to compete and get better. Right now, we are focused on the little things each day to prepare for Lake Placid and pursue the Cup.”
Kaleigh Fratkin complements Dempsey’s leadership style, earning the respect of her teammates as a fierce competitor. She has been breaking barriers since an early age, becoming the first female to play on a British Columbia Midget Major Boys’ team and helping to lead them to a provincial championship in 2010. Fratkin was also the first Canadian born player to sign a contract with the NWHL and most recently, became the highest-scoring defender in league history.
“Fratty is one of the most dedicated and tenacious players I have ever had the pleasure of playing alongside,” said long-time teammate and defensive partner, Mallory Souliotis. “She gives 100% in every shift and practice, while always striving to grow women’s hockey, rightfully
earning the respect of teammates and opponents. Her leadership has been pivotal to our success and her passion is the driving force behind the heart and soul of our team. I don’t doubt she will have another incredible season on the ice, but her true success will be through her leadership this upcoming season.”
Although she is only entering her third season with the Pride, McKenna Brand has quickly become both a team and league-leader both on and off the ice. Tripling the number of goals scored the previous season (‘18-’19), Brand has demonstrated an infallible work ethic and continues to elevate her performance at the professional level.
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About the Boston Pride
The Boston Pride is a professional women's ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are one of the founding four franchises of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). The Pride plays their games at Warrior Ice Arena, which is also the practice facility for the Boston Bruins. They won the inaugural Isobel Cup in 2016 and finished the 2019-20 season as Champions with a 23-1 regular-season record. For more information about the Boston Pride, please visit www.pride.nwhl.zone