PHOTO BY MICHELLE JAY
McKenna Brand was dazzling in her rookie campaign in ’18-19 with the Boston Pride. Now Brand is officially back, having signed her contract this morning to play for the Pride in the NWHL’s fifth season.
“My focus is on continuing to develop my shot, my speed, my play in the defensive zone, and on bringing the Isobel Cup back to Boston,” said Brand, who turned 23 in May. “I am super excited to sign with the Pride again and continue to play for the great city of Boston! I absolutely loved my time in the NWHL during my rookie season and I’m really looking forward to continuing to build our fan base and promoting girls’ and women’s hockey in our community.”
In her first year of pro hockey after an outstanding college career at Northeastern, Brand averaged more than a point per game, scoring 6 goals and adding 11 assists for 17 points in 16 games. On a team stacked with high-level talent, Brand was clearly one of the best forwards on the Pride and finished the season second on the club in scoring.
“McKenna Brand is a player that every coach would want on their team,” said Boston head coach Paul Mara. “She works hard at every practice and every game and does everything with 100 percent effort. With her talent and dedication, she will only get better and I’m really looking forward to seeing her play continue to soar.”
Selected 11th overall in the 2017 NWHL Draft, Brand led Northeastern in scoring in her senior season with 15 goals and 34 points in 39 games. As a junior, she had 23 goals in 37 games – including 5 game-winners – and received First Team Hockey East All-Star honors. She finished her career as the program’s all-time leader in games played, with 150.
Asked about her work besides starring for Boston’s NWHL’s team, Brand said, “I nanny for an amazing family in the area. I will also be coaching and giving back to the game in every way possible to give young girls the opportunity to play hockey.”