Relentless Lexie Laing Earns VEDA Player of the Week Honors
By Jane Norton
After impressive back-to-back wins over the weekend, the Boston Pride did not lack for candidates for the VEDA NWHL Player of the Week. McKenna Brand had a hat trick on Sunday. Jillian Dempsey was her usual dominant self. Emily Fluke scored twice in her Pride debut, and Carlee Toews had observers saying she was the #BestToews. Lovisa Selander was the rock in net everyone expected after a brilliant college career, and the outstanding Boston defense continued to justify its reputation.
But in the end, it was rookie Lexie Laing who ignited the Pride by scoring the first goal of the weekend and was superb in all zones against the Buffalo Beauts. Laing is the VEDA NWHL Player of the Week.
“Lexie is extremely deserving of the recognition because she was incredible for us in every aspect of the game,” said Pride head coach Paul Mara. “She scored and made plays, won her faceoffs, hustled on every shift. She’s been a big addition for our team this year. Lexie does everything with 100 percent effort, and you see the results.”
Laing scored with a minute left in the first period Saturday to give Boston a 1-0 lead over Buffalo. It was her first career NWHL goal, made even sweeter by the presence of her sister Denna in the arena.
“It was a really special moment because it reminds me how supportive Denna and my family are and have always been throughout my entire life,” said Lexie.
Laing followed up with assists on goals by linemate Toews in the second period as the Pride won, 4-2. She also had an assist in Boston’s 8-1 victory on Sunday. The line of rookies Laing, Toews and Tori Sullivan was a threat throughout.
“I thought our line did very well this weekend,” said Toews. “Our line is fast and likes to share the puck, so it’s easy to make plays and create scoring chances. We tried to get the puck on net and crash the net as many times as possible.”
The 12th overall pick in the 2017 NWHL Draft, Toews signed this summer after a strong college career at Harvard. The forward had 91 points (33-58-91) in 130 games. She led Harvard in scoring in her final two seasons, including recording 26 points and a team-high 18 assists in 2018-19.
The Marblehead, Massachusetts native played four years of hockey at Noble and Greenough School, captaining the team as a senior. The NEPSAC Division I Player of the Year in 2014, Laing helped lead Team USA to a pair of silver medals at the U18 World Championships.
“Ever since the NWHL started, I wanted to play professional hockey with the Pride,” said Laing.
Boston’s team, and their fans, are glad she reached her goal.
The Pride are back home this weekend at Boston's Warrior Ice Arena on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. for big games against the Minnesota Whitecaps. Tickets for all games are available now at www.nwhl.zone/tickets and available at the arena on the day of games.
Photo Credit: Michelle Jay