Photos By: Michelle Jay
June 28, 2018– Alyssa Gagliardiand Emily Field, a pair of NWHL all-stars and original members of the Boston Pride, are returning to the team for their fourth seasons.
“I’m incredibly excited to kick off Season 4 of the NWHL and represent the Boston Pride again,” said Gagliardi. “It’s an honor to be a part of this organization for another year. We’re looking to have a bounce-back season and compete for the Isobel Cup come March. I love the opportunity to play at the highest level and compete against top players from around the world. It’s going to be another incredible year for women’s hockey and the NWHL, and I can’t wait for October to get here”!
Gagliardi, a defender who played at Cornell, and Field, a forward from Boston College, played in the 2018 NWHL All-Star Game in Minnesota in February and were also members of Team NWHL, which played a two-game series in January against Team USA before the Olympians left for Pyeongchang.
“Alyssa and Emily are extremely talented and dedicated players who are very important to the Pride,” said Boston head coach Paul Mara. “We’re glad to have them back for their fourth seasons in the NWHL, and I’m looking forward to working with them.”
Field was second on the Pride in scoring last season, with 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points in 16 games. At BC, Field was 52-86-138 in 149 games. The Littleton, Mass. nativewas also a member of Team USA that won gold at the 2011 IIHF World Women U18 Championship in Stockholm. Field recorded 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points in the tournament.
The 26-year-old Gagliardi was 2-6-8 in 16 games in 2017-18 and led the Pride in plus-minus. The previous season, the North Carolina native was one of four recipients of the NWHL Foundation Award, given to the players most actively applying the core values of hockey to their community as well as growing the game. A captain at Cornell in her senior season, Gagliardi was 19-70-89 in 138 games over four years at the school.