Today the Boston Pride signed forward/defender Meagan Mangene away from the Connecticut Whale. As a result she is back playing in the city where she won the 2016 Isobel Cup.
After playing in 14 games with the Whale last season and registering four points, Mangene has her eyes set on a featured role in Boston. With so much Olympic talent gone, there are opportunities in Boston that simply weren’t there two seasons ago.
“It’s great to be back in Boston for season three of the NWHL,” Mangene shared in the NWHL’s press release. “I plan on taking a bigger role for the Pride so we can help bring the Cup back to Boston. The passion for Boston sports teams is unlike any other. It was a great experience playing for the Whale and they have a strong fan base that will continue to grow in Stamford. I’m thankful to everyone in the Whale organization.”
It was not easy to crack the stacked lineup that the Pride had on the ice in 2015-16, even for a player as versatile as Mangene. She appeared in eight games and registered a single assist in the regular season.
But last season Mangene proved that she was capable of much more playing with the Whale. If head coach Thomas Poeck chooses to use Mangene as a defender, she will be the team’s sixth blueliner under contract.
Mangene’s signing marks the sixth player to return to Boston from the 2016 Isobel Cup Championship roster. The Pride now have eight potential roster spots remaining.