Pride Reveal First Defense Signing: Gold Medalist Flanagan Returns

by Leah Jacobson

Boston, MA – The Boston Pride have announced the re-signing of Kali Flanagan, an All-Star defender and 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist, to a two-year deal through the 2022-23 and 2023-24 Premier Hockey Federation seasons.

The 26-year-old was originally selected by the Boston Pride in the first round of the 2018 draft, but made her PHF debut last season when she signed a free agent deal in December 2021 to play for her hometown team. The native of Burlington, MA recorded four assists in 14 regular season games, then erupted for five points including two goals and three assists during the Isobel Cup Playoffs to lead all PHF players in postseason scoring. She posted two points in both the preliminary round and semi-final games, and notched an assist on the game-winning goal that secured a second straight Isobel Cup title for the Pride.

“I couldn’t be happier to be back with the Boston Pride,” said Flanagan. “Boston is my home and I’m so excited to continue to represent this amazing city alongside my teammates. I can’t wait for the season to start so we can defend Izzy and make another championship run. Let’s do this Boston!”

Flanagan has been a prominent member of the U.S. National Women’s Team since 2015. In 2017, Flanagan and Team USA won Gold at the IIHF Women’s World Championship and placed first place at the Four Nations Cup. During the 2017-18 season, Flanagan took a leave of absence from Boston College to train with Team USA in Tampa, Florida. Flanagan and Team USA went on to win the Gold Medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. She won another Four Nations Cup with Team USA in 2018. Flanagan has worked to helped grow and promote the sport both on and off the ice throughout her life as well, including participating in the 2017 ‘The Time is Now’ and the 2021 ‘My Why’ tours.

“We were fortunate to have the opportunity to add Kali to our roster mid-season last year and we are excited to have her back for the full season ahead,” said Pride President, Colleen Coyne. “She’s got a ton of experience and with her speed, she has the potential to make a huge impact in all three zones. She is going to be an exciting player to watch!”

Flanagan played collegiate hockey at Boston College from 2014-19. As a defender, she developed a more offensive role during her sophomore season, producing 24 points in 41 games and accumulating a +38 rating. In four seasons with the Eagles, Flanagan totaled 72 points in 157 games and helped the team capture two Hockey East Championship titles and two Beanpot Championships. Flanagan was a captain her senior season and was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team. Upon graduation, she spent the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons as a member of the PWHPA.

The Pride have now announced six player signings this offseason, with Flanagan the first defender in the group which sets the tone for the strength of the club’s blue line. The re-signing of Flanagan continues to bring speed and offense to a powerful Pride team looking to secure a third straight Isobel Cup during the 2022-23 season.