Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson/Harvard Athletics
BROOKLYN, NY – Forward Sydney Daniels, who recently completed a standout four-year collegiate career at Harvard, has signed a contract for the 2017-18 season with the Boston Pride.
“I am beyond excited and honored to have the opportunity to sign with an NWHL team,” said Daniels, 22. “I'm so happy to have the opportunity to continue to play the sport I love in a city that I love."
The 5-8 forward played 126 games at Harvard, scoring 59 goals and adding 28 assists for 87 points. Her finest season came as a junior in 2015-16, when she averaged a point per game (21-10-31 in 31 games) and was named All-Ivy League first team and All-ECAC Hockey.
A native of Southwick, MA, Daniels was originally drafted by the New York Riveters in the second round of the 2016 NWHL Draft, but opted to play close to home. She also has a job in downtown Boston.
“Being drafted by New York was such an honor,” said Daniels. “However, I decided to sign with Boston because it has become a home to me in the last four years. It's where my friends and family are and I cannot wait to play in front of them.”
Daniels was a member of Team USA U18s at the World Championships in 2011 (gold medal, 4 goals in 5 games) and 2012 (silver). She led Westminster High School to back-to-back New England championships and Assabet Valley to three national titles. From age 10-14, Daniels played for the Connecticut Northern Lights.
Sydney’s father, Scott Daniels, was a forward for the Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils over six NHL seasons in the 1990s.