July 2, 2018– Toni Ann Miano, the leading scorer among defenders last season in NCAA Division I and the leading scorer among defenders in Boston College history, has signed with the NWHL’s Boston Pride for the 2018-19 season.
“I’m joining this great league and organization because of my love of the game, drive to win a championship in Boston, and pursuit of consideration for the U.S. national team as I continue my development,” said Miano, a top-ten finalist in 2018 for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the top player in NCAA Division I hockey. “I’m really proud to be among the other BC players that have worn the Pride jersey, and I look forward to playing with and learning from all of the incredible players who will be with us in Boston this season.”
Last season, her senior year at BC, Miano had 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points in 38 games. For her collegiate career, she was 36-66-102 in 135 games.
“Toni is an outstanding puck-moving defender who is a perfect fit for the up-tempo style the Pride are going to play,” said Boston head coach Paul Mara. “She will be a difference-maker for our team.”
The Bronx, N.Y.-raised Miano is the second recent Boston College star to sign with the Pride, after all-time NCAA victories record holder Katie Burt signed with the club last week. Miano was originally drafted 15th overall by the Riveters in the 2017 NWHL Draft, but is staying in the Boston area as she attends her final semester at BC, serves as an assistant coach at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, and begins to advance her business career in communications and marketing.
She is already an entrepreneur, as Miano opens the Eagles Elite Camp this summer (www.EaglesEliteSports.com). Held in Hingham, Mass. from July 9-13 for girls ages 11-14, and from Aug. 20-24 for girls age 8-16, the camp is for hockey and lacrosse players.
“I’m extremely fortunate and grateful to have the opportunity to play professional hockey for the Pride this fall,” said Miano. “I’m excited about inspiring the next generation of women’s hockey players. Thank you to the NWHL and the Boston Pride for this opportunity and to my coaches, family and friends for their unwavering support throughout my career.”