Kaleigh Fratkin of the Boston Pride Named NWHL’s Defender of the Year

by NWHL Media

The Boston Pride’s Kaleigh Fratkin, one of the most highly-respected players in the NWHL since its launch in 2015, has been selected as the Best Defender for the 2019-20 season. Fratkin, who was raised in Burnaby, British Columbia and played collegiately at Boston University, has been a key figure in the 23-1 season of the first-place Pride.

Amanda Boulier of the Minnesota Whitecaps came in second place for the honor, and Shannon Doyle of the Connecticut Whale was third.

Among the highlights of Fratkin’s season, heading into the Isobel Cup Playoffs:

  • With 23 points – on 3 goals, 20 assists in 24 games – Fratkin has recorded the second-highest scoring season by a defender in NWHL history. (The Whitecaps’ Boulier set the record this season with 27 points).
  • Led all defenders in 5-on-5 on-ice goals for (41) and goals for differential (+30). Also led all defenders with a +33 plus/minus rating, which was second among all NWHL skaters.
  • Led all defenders in even strength assists (15) and was the only defender in the league this season to record primary assists while her team was on the power play, shorthanded, and playing at even strength.
  • Became the first defender to score 60 career NWHL points.
  • Won the Slalom Hardest Shot Event in the 2020 NWHL All-Star Skills Challenge with a 76 MPH slap shot.

On Sunday at 2:30 at Warrior Ice Arena, Fratkin and the Pride host an Isobel Cup Playoffs Semifinal. Boston will face the winner of the game between Buffalo and Connecticut that takes place Friday night.

The voting process for Defender of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Most Valuable Player was conducted by the league with a panel of media members who regularly cover the NWHL and other women’s hockey initiatives. The panel included writers from The Athletic, Boston Herald, The Hockey News, The Hockey Writers, The Ice Garden, and The Victory Press, along with select broadcasters, and we thank them all for their participation and coverage of women’s hockey.