August 17, 2018 – One year ago today, McKenna Brand was selected 11th overall in the 2017 NWHL Draft. Today, Brand signed her first pro contract. The Northeastern forward has decided to stay in Boston, signing with the Pride for the upcoming season.
“It means so much to me to have been drafted in the NWHL last year and now being able to sign my first pro contract,” said Brand. “Playing in the NWHL has been a goal of mine since the league started. I am super excited to have signed with the Pride to be able to continue living in and playing for the great city of Boston. I can’t wait to get things started in September!”
Originally drafted by the Riveters, the Minnesota native completed an outstanding collegiate career at Northeastern earlier this year – capped off by being named to the WHEA All-Tournament Team. She scored both Northeastern goals in the WHEA title game win over Connecticut.
As a senior, Brand led the Huskies in scoring with 15 goals and 34 points in 39 games. The previous season, 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 what she hopes to bring to the Pride in her rookie NWHL season, Brand said, “I would say that I’m a goal-scoring, power forward that takes pride in being a two-way player. I hope to bring a lot of offensive power to the team while also being a reliable player in our own end. Going into the season, I want to focus on doing whatever I can to help the team win an Isobel Cup.”