NOTE: This award was given to Blake Bolden in March of 2019, but it's definitely a story that went under the radar. It's also a story that didn't get the attention it deserved which is why it's being posted now. George L. Cook III AfricanAmericanReports.
Former Boston College women's hockey standout Blake Bolden '13 was named the National Women's Hockey League Defender of the Year , as announced by the league's office.
In 16 regular season games, Bolden registered 13 points on one goal and 12 assists to tie for the league lead among defenders, while also firing 47 shots on goal and blocked 11 shots. In Buffalo's run to the Isobel Cup Final, she added two assists and six blocked shots. Bolden committed just two penalties on the year and finished with a plus-11 rating. She had at least one point in 12 of her 18 games. The NWHL all-star helped anchor a Buffalo defense that put up four shutouts on the season and a league-best 1.50 goals against per game.
"Blake has proven to be successful at every level she has had the opportunity to play at," said BC head coach Katie Crowley. "She is a tremendous role model, leader and person and I am so happy for her to be rewarded for her continued success on the ice."
Bolden is sixth all-time in BC history in defenseman career scoring with 82 points, while her 26 goals rank fourth and her 56 assists sit sixth. She was a Second Team All-American and Hockey East Best Defenseman as a senior in 2013.