Photo by: Madeline Muhlberg
BROOKLYN, NY – Rookie free agent goaltender Brianna Laing, who graduated last month from Harvard and played four years for the Crimson, has signed a contract with the Boston Pride for the 2017-18 season.
Brianna is the sister of Denna Laing, the Princeton and NWHL forward who suffered a severe spinal cord injury while playing for the Pride in the Women’s Winter Classic on Dec. 31, 2015. In honor of Denna, every player in the NWHL has worn a sticker with her number 24 on their helmets, and will continue to next season.
“Hockey has been a big part of my life and my family’s life, so I’m proud to continue our legacy,” said Brianna. “Being able to play pro for the Pride – the team I always hoped to play for – is an amazing opportunity. It’s extra special because it’s also a way to honor Denna, whom I think about every day and is such an inspiration to me and so many other people. The first time I wear that Boston Pride jersey with ‘LAING’ on the back will be incredible.”
Laing, 22, graduated Harvard last month with a degree in Integrative Biology. She played four seasons for the Crimson, compiling a record of 22-9-1, with a 1.66 GAA and .935 save percentage over 35 appearances.
In the U.S. national program, Laing won a silver medal at the 2012 IIHF U18 Women's World Hockey Championships. She has participated in four USA Hockey camps and three USA Hockey Warren Strelow Goaltending Camps. In high school, she helped lead Noble and Greenough to four New England high school championships. Starting at age ten, she developed as a goaltender with the Assabet Valley program, winning five gold medals at the USA Hockey National Championships.
While playing for the Pride, she will be in the Master’s degree program in Conservation Medicine at Tufts University. “My goal is to become a veterinarian,” said Laing.