Filling this D gap on the Buffalo blue line will be a tall order, as the 5'11" Paige Harrington signs with the Boston Pride. PHOTO CRED: Michael Hetzel
BROOKLYN, NY – Stalwart defender Paige Harrington, who played 35 games over the last two seasons in Buffalo and won the Isobel Cup in March with the Beauts, is coming home after signing a contract with the Boston Pride.
“Being able to play professional hockey for my home city of Boston has been a childhood dream of mine, so this is a very special moment for me,” said Harrington, 23, who was raised in the Boston suburb of Mansfield, MA. “I am looking forward to another year playing at the top level of women's hockey in the NWHL. The Pride should be a great fit for me, and I hope to make a positive impact on the team."
“I wanted to play for the Pride to be able to represent my home town, but also to focus on building a career in the city. The fact that my family can come to more games is also a huge bonus!"
Harrington’s defensive positioning and shot-blocking – as evidenced by her performance in Buffalo’s upset victory over Boston in the 2017 Cup Final – was a big part of the team’s identity.
Prior to becoming a pro, the 5-11 defender played three years at UMass-Amherst, notching 22 goals and 36 assists for 58 points in 75 games. In her senior season in 2014-15, she co-captained the Minutewomen to an ECWHL Conference title and was a First Team All-American. She studied Communication with a minor in Education.
Harrington also played for Team USA in the 2013 and 2015 Winter World University Games, winning a bronze medal in her first year with the squad.
Statement from Paige Harrington:
“To the Buffalo fans: Thank you for your unwavering support the past two seasons. Playing for the Beauts was one of the best times in my life. Buffalo is an amazing city and will always have a piece of my heart.
“To the Beauts’ coaches: Thank you for taking a chance on me and pushing me to become a better hockey player. I have the highest respect for the coaches, trainers, media crew, staff, teammates, and fans for their commitment to the Beauts and the NWHL. I will always remember what we accomplished this year – no better feeling than bringing the Isobel Cup to the city of Buffalo.
“To my teammates: Thank you for all the memories and laughs along the way. We had an awesome group of girls pushing for women's hockey. For those who are playing next year, I'll see you on the ice.”