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Worcester Blades (CWHL)
Worcester Blades
City: Worcester, Massachusetts
League: Canadian Women's Hockey League
Founded: 2010 (2010)
Home Arena: Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center
Colours: Black, Yellow and white
Head Coach: Paul Kennedy
General Manager: Derek Alfama
Franchise history
2010-2018: Boston Blades
2018-present: Worcester Blades

On August 12, 2010, the CWHL announced that the city of Boston would receive an expansion team for the 2010–11 CWHL season. The Boston Blades (as they would be named) would play their games and hold practices at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.[1]

HistoryEdit

On August 20, 2018, the Blades relocated to Worcester, Massachusetts. Taking on the name Worcester Blades for the 2018-19 CWHL season, home games shall be contested at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. [2]

Coaching historyEdit

Ruggiero BostonBlades

Olympic gold medalist Angela Ruggiero competed for the Blades in their inaugural season

Boston Blades

Logo as Boston Blades 2010-2018

Draft historyEdit

The Boston club was able to protect some players from being selected from their roster in the 2010 CWHL Draft. Of note, the Blades have held the first pick overall in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of the CWHL Draft.

Protected playersEdit

Player2009-10 Team
Caitlin Cahow 2009–10 United States women's national ice hockey team
Molly Engstrom 2009–10 United States women's national ice hockey team
Brampton Thunder
Melissa Haber Boston University Terriers women's ice hockey
Cherie Hendrickson Burlington Barracudas
Kacey Bellamy 2009–10 United States women's national ice hockey team

[5]

Free agentsEdit

Protected playersEdit

PlayerCollege 2009-10 Team
Danielle Ayearst Mercyhurst Vaughan Flames
Jaclyn Hawkins Connecticut ZSC Lions (Zurich, Switzerland)
Jessica Koizumi Minnesota Duluth Montreal Stars
Erika Lawler Wisconsin 2009–10 United States women's national ice hockey team
Shelley Payne Colby College Mississauga Chiefs
Angela Ruggiero Harvard 2009–10 United States women's national ice hockey team
Karen Thatcher New Hampshire 2009–10 United States women's national ice hockey team

[6]

Season-by-seasonEdit

Year GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts Place Clarkson Cup Playoffs
2010–11 26 10 15 1 - 76 106 21 4th Did not qualify
2011–12 27 20 7 0 - 107 61 46 2nd 1-2 in Round Robin
2012–13 24 19 4 1 - 72 39 39 1st Won Clarkson Cup
2013–14 24 13 11 0 - 77 71 26 2nd Lost Final
2014–15 24 17 6 1 - 94 43 35 1st Won Clarkson Cup
2015-16 24 1 23 0 - 18 122 2 5th Did not qualify
2016-17 24 2 20 2 - 6 32 137 5th Did not qualify
2017-18 28 1 24 3 - 41 120 5 7th Did not qualify
2018-19 28 0 28 0 - 22 155 0 6th Did not qualify

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OL = Overtime losses, SL = Shootout Losses,  GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points.

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