Worcester to Be Home for Blades
The pro sports landscape in Central Mass. is getting pretty cluttered pretty quickly.
Just three days after the announcement that the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox would relocate from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to Worcester, another professional franchise made it known that it would also be moving to New England’s second-largest city.
The Boston Blades, of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, announced on Monday that they will relocate to Worcester for the 2018-19 season. The team is set to play at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center under the moniker the Worcester Blades.
The team joins the ECHL’s Worcester Railers and the Massachusetts Pirates, a first-year indoor football franchise in the National Arena League.
“We’re excited about our relocation to Worcester, a city that is a strong supporter of the hockey community,” CWHL interim commissioner Jayna Hefford said in a press release. “The Blades staff and players are eager to bring women’s hockey to Worcester and we look forward to working with the Railers on continuing to grow the hockey community.”
The Blades, founded in 2010, won Clarkson Cups in 2013 and 2015, just missing a three-peat courtesy of loss to the Toronto Furies in 2014.
In addition to the Blades, the CWHL is made up of five other teams: four in Canada and one in China.
In the past month, the Blades named Paul Kennedy as the team’s newest head coach, as well as appointing UMass Lowell Hall of Famer Mike Geragosian the goalie coach. The team also hired Derek Alfama as its general manager this offseason.
The team has featured the likes of Olympians Hilary Knight, Kelli Stack, Kacey Bellamy, Angela Ruggiero, Meghan Duggan, Gigi Marvin and Fitchburg native Erika Lawler on its roster in the past.