Pride-ful Selections for the PHF 2022 All-Star Game

by Mario Forno

Rebecca Lee

The 2022 All-Star Game (ASG) is back after not being held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Boston Pride will send a league-leading nine players to Buffalo, including captain Jillian Dempsey. Dempsey was also voted to be an All-Star captain by other players and coaches, along with Shiann Darkangelo from the Toronto Six and Allie Thunstrom from the Minnesota Whitecaps.

Forwards: McKenna Brand, Sammy Davis, Jillian Dempsey, Meghara Mcmanus, and Christina Putigna
Defenders: Amanda Boulier, Kali Flanagan, and Kaleigh Fratkin
Goaltender: Katie Burt

Six out of the nine Pride players have been to the ASG before, while three players get to experience it for the first time.

McKenna Brand (F) is an assistant captain for the Pride. The 25-year-old forward from Minnesota is making her second ASG appearance, her first being in 2020. Drafted in 2017 11th overall by the Metropolitan Riveters, Brand signed with the Pride in 2018. This season with the Pride, Brand has two goals and five assists for a total of seven points in eight games.

 Sammy Davis (W) was drafted first overall by the Boston Pride in 2020. This will be the 24-year-old winger’s first ASG appearance. Davis captained the BU team to Beanpot victory in 2019 and was named MVP that same year. This season with the Pride, Davis has two goals and three assists in eight games for a total of five points.

Jillian Dempsey (F) was drafted 10th overall by the Boston Blades of the CWHL in 2013. She has been the captain since 2018 and currently holds the PHF record for games played, goals, assists and points. This upcoming ASG will be Dempsey’s fourth appearance. This season with the Pride, Dempsey has four goals and three assists for seven points in eight games.

Meghara Mcmanus (F) was drafted 29th overall by the Pride in 2020. The 23-year-old forward led the UNH hockey team in goals and points her senior year, awarding her team MVP for the season in 2020. This will be her first ASG appearance, as this season with the Pride, she has three goals and one assist in eight games.

Christina Putigna (F) is making her second ASG appearance this year, the first time being in 2020. The 24-year-old forward was drafted by the Pride in 2019, finishing sixth in the league that same year for points, with 29, while playing on the Pride’s top line. This season, the Grimsby,  Ontario native has four goals and one assist in eight games.

Amanda Boulier (D) is making her fifth ASG appearance this year. The 28-year-old defender won the Isobel Cup in 2018 as a member of the Minnesota Whitecaps and was a finalist for Defender of the Year that same year. The Watertown native signed with the Pride in 2021 and, in eight games, has one goal and six assists.

Kali Flanagan (D) is making her first ASG appearance this year. The 26-year-old defender from Burlington was drafted by the Pride in 2018, 5th overall, but only recently signed with the team. In 2018, Flanagan helped the Women’s Olympic team win gold for the first time since 1998. She currently serves as an assistant coach for the Northern Cyclones, making her the first female coach in USPHL history. She has two assists in two games with the Pride this season.

Kaleigh Fratkin (D) is the Pride’s other assistant captain. This ASG will be the Burnaby native’s fourth appearance. The 29-year-old defender was the first Canadian player to sign a contract in the league and is the third longest tenured player and leading scorer among league defenders. Fratkin signed in the 2017-18 season with the Boston Pride and, in eight games, has three assists.

Katie Burt (G) was drafted by the Pride first overall in 2017. The 24-year-old goaltender broke the NCAA’s record for all-time wins, with 115, in 2018. This will be the Lynn native’s second ASG appearance after being a late addition in 2019 due to injury. Burt is 3-1-0 this season with the Pride, holding a 1.48GAA and .953 SV% and earning one shutout victory.

Puck drop is at 5:30pm E.T on January 29th in Buffalo. Stream the event on ESPN+ or on TNT.