Familiar, Tough Blue Line Presence Returns for Another Year; Kelly Re-signs

by Leah Jacobson

Boston, MA – The Boston Pride have announced the re-signing of defender Lauren Kelly for the 2022-23 season, which will be her fifth in the Premier Hockey Federation. Additional terms of the contract will not be disclosed. 

“I’m extremely grateful and humbled to be back with the Pride for my fifth season. We’re working hard in the offseason to defend the cup and give the Boston fans something to be proud of,” said Kelly. “Boston has the best fans in the league, and I can’t wait to get back to the electric atmosphere of Warrior Ice Arena on game day. I am excited to get back to the rink with the girls and make new memories this season.”

The Pride selected the Watertown, MA native in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. Kelly signed her first professional contract with the team ahead of the 2018-19 campaign after her graduation from Northeastern University. The 26-year-old has posted 19 points in 63 career games along with a +19 rating. Never afraid to use her body, Kelly has 41 shot blocks over the last 48 games she has skated, and has been a staple on Boston’s blue line capturing back-to-back Isobel Cup titles in 2021 and 2022.

“We are extremely excited to have Lauren back for her fifth season. Her consistency and physicality have been a big factor in our success these past few seasons,” said Pride GM, Maddie Rigsby. “We are looking forward to what Lauren achieves this season!”

Kelly played Division I collegiate hockey at Northeastern from 2014-18 where she recorded 64 points in 140 games. During her senior season, Kelly scored 12 goals to become the first Howlin Huskies defender since 2002-03 to tally more than 10 times in a season. She was awarded WHEA Second-Team All-Star recognition, named to the WHEA All-Tournament Team, and was a New England Hockey Writers' Division I All-Star.

Kelly is the Pride’s seventh signing of the offseason and joins returning teammates in Kali Flanagan, Christina Putigna, Meghara McManus, and McKenna Brand, as well as PHF newcomer Becca Gilmore, and free agent Allie Thunstrom. Kelly and Flanagan represent the lone defenders signed to date and forge the foundation of a strong blue-line for 2022-23.