By: Danielle DuBois | Follow Me on Twitter @DanielleDuBois
The Boston Pride has had an amazing season so far, and it’s not too late to start tuning in. You might ask, “But I don’t know anything about the league or the team?” Well, luckily for you, this is the guide to watching the Boston Pride. This is for you if you have never watched a second of the Premier Hockey Federation.
Let’s start off with a basic introduction as to who the Boston Pride are. The Boston Pride is the professional women’s hockey team of Boston, Massachusetts. The Pride was founded in 2015 along with the Premier Hockey Federation. The team is coached by Paul Mara and owned by Miles Arnone. Their roster consists of 23 women from across the country. Each season the Pride plays the other six teams in the league multiple times.
Now that you know who the Pride are, let’s jump into where you can watch them play. The Pride’s home rink is the Warrior Ice Arena. Boston Bruins fans know that arena as the Bruins’ practice rink, but the Pride calls it home. What if you don’t want to go all the way to the Warrior Ice Arena? Oh well, great question! The Boston Pride has partnered with New England Sports Network (NESN) this season, and their next four consecutive games will be aired live on their channel. And in case you are a big Bruins fan and don’t want to miss a game to watch the Pride, you don’t have to! The next Pride game is February 4, during the NHL all-star break.
We have now covered the who and the where to watch, but now you’re probably wondering, “why should I care?” Well, here’s why: The Pride have won the Isobel Cup three times, including back-to-back championships in 2021 and 2022. Currently, the Pride has the best record in the PHF with 12 wins, two losses, and one overtime loss. They have also won five of their last six games, scoring 17 goals in that span. Not to mention that the team has nine players that were placed on the all-star roster, which is more than any other PHF team. One star player on the Pride is forward Loren Gabel. Gabel has 14 goals and ten assists this season. She leads the team in points and has had three power-play goals.
The Pride getting the opportunity to play on NESN is a huge deal. NESN is well known in the New England area, allowing them to reach a larger audience. When a female sport is being covered, it’s usually on ESPN+ or another paid streaming service, making it less likely to be viewed. The coverage of professional women’s sports is significantly lacking across the board, but the Pride playing on NESN is a great first step for the team. NESN is free and is on TV across the New England area, so put in the effort to watch one of the four games. The Pride are looking for their third consecutive cup this season so let’s join together and root for them just as hard as we do the Bruins.
Upcoming Pride Games and where to watch:
Saturday, February 4, vs. Metropolitan at 7:00 p.m. (NESN+)
Sunday, February 5, vs. Connecticut at 2:00 p.m. (NESN)
Saturday, February 18, vs. Montreal at 8:00 p.m. (NESN+/NESN)
Sunday, February 19, vs. Montreal at 2:00 p.m. (NESN)