August 15, 2018 – Inspired by what she called “an incredible experience” when she joined the club late last season after an excellent collegiate career at Yale, defender Mallory Souliotis has re-signed with the Boston Pride for the 2018-19 NWHL season.
Souliotis, who was the eighth overall selection of the Pride in the 2017 NWHL Draft, signed with the club in March and played two games for the team.
“The Pride was extremely welcoming and supportive from day 1, and they showed me what it takes to play for the team and represent the NWHL,” said Souliotis. “The pace and skill of the game was different from college, and was a huge motivating factor for me to not only return to the NWHL, but also to continue to work on my game on and off the ice.”
As a senior in 2017-18 at Yale, Souliotis was named First Team All-Ivy League and was the leading scorer among Ivy defenders – with 4 goals and adding 20 assists for 24 points in 31 games. Over 117 games at Yale from 2014-2018, the defender was 12-58-70.
A Massachusetts native, she was also a USA Hockey National Development Camp participant in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and developed as a player in the Assabet Valley program and at Nobles and Greenough School.
Asked about her goals for the upcoming season under first-year head coach Paul Mara, Souliotis said, “I hope to contribute offensively from the blue line while also playing a strong defensive game. Although I am not a very big defenseman, I need to ensure that I play at a fast pace and be stronger in the defensive zone. I also have some experience at forward, and I am willing to play wherever Coach Mara thinks is best for the team. We were disappointed in last season's ending, and I know we want to bring Isobel back to Boston.”
She added, “Playing in the NWHL is a dream come true. Playing in my hometown and inspiring the next generation of women's hockey players will continue to fuel my passion for the game I have loved for so long. Before I went to college, there was no NWHL, so I thought it would be final four years of competitive hockey, but then the NWHL was founded and I still can't believe how far the league has come. My sister is a sophomore in high school, so hopefully the league will continue to grow and prosper and I can watch her play some day.”