Boston Pride To Hold All-Star In Boston

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Boston is the city of championships and boy are we spoiled here in the Northeast. In the world of professional hockey, the Boston Bruins have a long-storied history and despite the recent string of losses, the team is still leading their Division (although the team is mounting a nice comeback). While the Bruins are looking to continue to add more wins to their game, there is another Boston team that also leads in the standings.

With 13 wins and zero losses under their belt, the Boston Pride (the female counterpart to the B’s) are currently in first place in the league. Today they face the Connecticut Whale in their first game of a back-to back, hoping to remain undefeated. The Pride recently defeated the Buffalo Beauts 4-2 this past Sunday in a physical game that saw it go to overtime:

“We played hard and battled against a very physical team. We had high quality opportunities to score both nights so the chances were there, We had more energy and buzz…we knew it would be a gut–check kind of game. I’m proud of our teams’ effort and heart.

-Pride Captain Jillian Dempsey

The 2020 NWHL All-Star Weekend will be held at the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, one of the original markets. The All-Star Game will consist of two 25-minute periods of four-on-four play. There will also be an All-Star Skills Challenge which will include the fastest skater and hardest shot competition. Commissioner Dani Rylan has chosen the first eight All-Stars with Dempsey and Kaleigh Fratkin of the Boston Pride being amongst those selected. Dempsey and Madison Packer  (of the Metro Riveters) were chosen as captains.

“This is our way of celebrating eight women who have earned the adulation of fans and respect of their peers for their outstanding play and efforts for our league since day one..they have earned this moment in Boston for our landmark fifth NWHL All-Star Weekend.”

-President Dani Rylan

The celebration is the first one to be played in an existing NWHL market since the first All-Star Game in Buffalo.   The Boston Pride are one of the first four teams of the NWHL, winning the inaugural Isobel Cup (named after the daughter of Lord Stanley and first  known woman to play the game).

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This past September, the Pride became the league’s first independently operated team when it was purchased by a team of investors. In an effort to grow the sport, the purchase was seen as significant as it would mean better investment for the team.  Plans would include enhancing team/player development, marketing and promotion, hiring a team president and creating more youth hockey initiatives. Salary caps have also increased 50 percent for each team. The league has also partnered with Twitch, who has streamed all of the NWHL games.

Tickets are available to purchase for the upcoming All-Star event by visiting the NWHL website. The event will be held from February 8th-9th and will feature 32 All-Stars: 14 skaters and two goaltenders for each team.

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Boston Pride Sold To Private Owner

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

In the wake of two huge announcements that the Boston Bruins signed both Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, other news hit the organization-more importantly affecting their partnership with their female-counterparts The Boston Pride.

The National Women’s Hockey League announced today that a private investor purchased the female-led team, making it the only club with a private owner. Miles Arnone, along with a group of investors made the purchase. Prior to that, the Buffalo Beauts were the only team in the league with a private owner (until they were sold back to the league in May). The Commissioner of the NWHL Dani Rylan along with the NWHL  believe that private ownership will help  teams in bolstering local marketing and sales. The league even hired a firm that helped to find potential buyers/owner for all the teams.

In a statement given by the Commissioner Rylan, she congratulated Arnone:

“The NWHL congratulates Miles Arnone on his acquisition of the Boston Pride, and we thank Miles and his investors for their belief in our league and players. Miles has a love for the game and deep connections in the New England community.

The Pride’s new ownership is passionately committed to the team for the long haul, and we area confident that they will set a new standard for how professional women’s hockey teams are run in North America. Their dedication to investing in the Pride’s infrastructure, player development, and every aspect of the sport and business is a game changer.”

Last season the Boston Pride announced a partnership with the Boston Bruins, which remains intact, boding with the team as they continue to expand the sport of hockey. There are plans for the team to be have better travel and player accommodations as well as increased marketing. Hiring a team president and participating in youth hockey initiatives are also in the works for team. The Pride still remain as the only team in the league with a NHL partnership.

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Mr. Arnone is a Long Island native and currently lives in Massachusetts. He was able to purchase the franchise though The Sports Advisory Group along with investment from the Chipwich company. Chipwich recently became a sponsor for the NWHL. Arnone, who is also the managing partner of Cannon Capital, stated his kids “…became fans, they have (Pride’s Captain Jillian) Dempsey jerseys from the Pride. I had a general awareness of the league and was impressed with the level of play.”

He also stated the big focus will be in promoting women’s and girls hockey:

“There’s underlying growth in the fan base and that’s at the (youth) player base which gives opportunity for the professional league to have a broader audience. I think that’s one of the most important aspects, to have a grassroots growth…it’s very synergistic in that way.”

The season is set to start October 5th when they head to New Jersey to face the Metropolitan Riveters. On October 12th at Warrior Ice Arena, the Pride will face the Buffalo Beauts. The league also recently announced a three-year exclusive partnership with Twitch, a streaming platform that will air all future NWHL games.

Help Wanted: Join Our Digital Content Team!

By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Our Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast and affiliated blackngoldhockey.com website is looking to fill several open positions on our Boston Bruins related digital content team. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals that are team-oriented and willing to participate in group discussions. Applicants don’t need to have sports journalism degrees to join our team, but we do ask that you either have previous writing experience or possess decent punctuation and writing skills. Knowledge of the media program WordPress is preferred but not required. We do offer a training program for those who might not be familiar with WordPress.

We are looking for more contributors in the following areas:

  • National Hockey League Boston Bruins Writers
  • American Hockey League Providence Bruins Writers
  • Premier “AA” ECHL Affiliate Writers
  • Bruins CHL Prospects Writers ( OHL / QMJHL / WHL )
  • Bruins European Prospect Writers ( KHL /  Czech Extraliga / SHL / Finland SM-Liga / German DEL / IIHF World Juniors etc. )
  • Bruins NCAA Prospect Writers ( Men’s Division 1 Only )
  • NWHL Boston Pride Women’s Hockey Writers
  • Bruins Player Analytic Writers ( Corsi / Fenwick / Heat Maps )
  • Bruins Youtube Video Contributors  ( Minimal Writing Required ).
  • Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast Co-Host. We are looking to add another member to our show covering the Providence Bruins and B’s prospects in all developmental leagues around the world. This is a weekly show during the regular season.
  • Editors and Copy Writers Are Needed! These Specialties Come With Reduced Article Publications Per Month. Workload Can Be Discussed During the Interview Process.
  • On-sight reporters for weekly Black N’ Gold video reports from the Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Mass. Audio and video equipment will be provided to the right candidates.

If you are interested in any one of the open positions above, please continue forward with our website requirements below to see if you have the time and dedication to be a team member with us.

  • Must have a Twitter account or means of establishing one.
  • Article length is to be 500 words or more unless you have access to the “Breaking News” group where a maximum of 250 words is acceptable to get the news out faster. Deeper In-depth articles are accepted, but please stay under 2500 words because a majority of our readers are viewing from mobile devices
  • From September 1st to when the Boston Bruins regular season and playoffs are over, each member is required to post four articles a month. During the offseason, the required total monthly posts to keep an account with us is two.
  • We have a Slack channel for team communication and activity on there is mandatory, or at least please acknowledge important group announcements. Slack can be viewed via mobile phone app or on any PC.
  • We ask that you be a team player and take a few minutes to support other group members with the kind gesture of sharing everyone’s work on your social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter and so on. Everyone here at BNG is expected to have each other’s backs with the ultimate team support.
  • If an opportunity comes up to attend a Boston Bruins related events as a media member/guest, these privileges will go to those who go above and beyond. To be granted access under the BNG team umbrella, you must be a member that we can count on and show up to these events as a professional and not a fan. Bruins fan attire that will not be acceptable in any media situation includes team jerseys, t-shirts, and so on. Please dress appropriately.
  • Besides original articles, if you happen to get an article idea from any member of “Big Media” you need to give those folks credit by hyperlinking their twitter account when mentioning the author and also hyperlink the article you got the information from. Plagiarizing other media members work without the appropriate mention from where the news came from will result in immediate termination.
  • Last but not least, please write your articles as a professional. These means do not bash any player or the Bruins organization for something that you don’t agree with. Bring respectful angles to your argument instead of this sucks and that player is terrible types of contributions.

If you’ve read through everything above and are interested in applying for one of the many open positions available, please send an email to blackngoldhockeyblog@gmail.com and tell us a little about yourself and provide a writing sample of your previous work if available. We hope to hear from you as we look to grow our team! Take Care and Go, Bruins!

Mark Allred – Founder & CEO

Boston Bruins Announce New Partnership

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins announced this morning that they will be partnering with the Boston Pride in an effort to get the word out about the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). The partnership also entails financial support for the team. The new Bruins Academy Girls Learn to Play program will also be benefiting from the new collaboration.  The program, led by the players of the Boston Pride,  offers girls age four to ten the chance to learn the game of hockey . Registration for the program begins Monday, January 21st.

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The Bruins are the fourth NHL team to associate with a NWHL team, joining the Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and the New Jersey Devils. The women’s team for Buffalo is the Buffalo Beauts and the Wild have the Minnesota Whitecaps. New Jersey has a partnership with their counterpart, the Metropolitan Riveters.

Much like the Bruins Academy Learn to Play program, the new girls program will use its $100 registration fee towards a full-set of CCM equipment with professional fitting, and four weeks of ice instruction taught by certified coaches.  The new initiative will start this  March, running for five weeks at five different rinks: the Philips Academy Rink in Andover, Warriors Ice Area in Brighton, the Bog Ice Arena in Kingston, Murphy Memorial Skating Rink in South Boston and Veteran Memorial Skating Rink in Waltham.

In celebration of the partnership, the entire Boston Pride team will be in attendance tonight at the TD Garden for tonight’s Bruins game as they face the Washington Capitals. If you happen to be at the game tonight, players from the Pride team will be highlighted throughout the night. For those interested in the program, there will be a Pride table where you’ll be able get information on the Girls Learn to Play Program as well as getting to know more about the women’s team.

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The boys in Black and Gold will be returning the favor as they lend their support to the Pride team when they attend a home game versus the Minnesota Whitecaps on January 12th at 7:30pm at Warrior Ice Arena. NWHL deputy Commissioner Hayley Moore had this to say about the recent venture:

“The Boston Pride are incredibly proud to join the rich history and competitive hockey family of the Boston Bruins. The Bruins commitment to advancing hockey across all levels aligns with what the NWHL stands for. We appreciate this partnership and their support in marketing and player development for the Pride and we look forward to collaborating with the Bruins on a series of meaningful youth hockey initiative.”

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On February 8th, the Bruins will host the third annual Girls Hockey Day at the TD garden. The special event will include all-day clinics and scrimmages for girls and women of all ages. Players from the Boston Pride will also be participating in the event.

In other NWHL news, the 2019 All-Star game will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Predators broadcaster and former Bruins player Hall Gill and Chris Mason will be honorary coaches for the event that’s being held at the Bridgestone Arena on February 10th.  The captains of the teams will be three-time Olympian and current Buffalo Beauts goalie Shannon Szabadas and gold-medalist Lee Stecklein, who plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps.

 

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Help Wanted: Join Our Black N’ Gold Writing Team!

By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Are you a passionate Boston Bruins fan who wants to voice your opinion to a wide audience throughout Bruins Nation? As the 2018-19 National Hockey League season approaches, we are seeking writers to fill certain positions on our growing team. This is a great platform for folks that want to get started and possibly showcase their writing skills to higher Boston Sports media companies that would like to see samples of your work.

Currently, we are a team of 19 writers and 4 podcasters, but we’d like to play a bigger role and cover the multiple levels of the Bruins organization. We could always use more NHL Bruins writers but also want to invite B’s fans that might want to cover the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins, ECHL Atlanta Gladiators, and Bruins prospects playing throughout North America and overseas in Europe.

We also would love to add writers that have an interest in the history of the NHL club and would definitely entertain the thought of a “This Day in Bruins History” writer for that nostalgic feel. Also, we are looking for motivated individuals that can post game recaps from the NHL Bruins and AHL Providence team. Our goal in the upcoming year is to have a recap done for every game at both levels.

If anyone is interested in covering the NWHL Boston Pride, we are also looking to add coverage from that club here on our Black N’ Gold website. If you’re available to attend every home game played at the Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Mass., let us know and we’ll look into getting you media passes and provide links to cover away games as well.

We are also looking for skilled editors to join our crew so we can publish articles in a timely fashion depending on the article topic and if it’s breaking news or not. Maybe writing isn’t for you but we have other roles that need to be filled here so please apply and let us know if this is something that would be interesting to you.

Black N’ Gold Team Requirements

We highly recommend you get a Twitter account. Very important tool when it comes to sharing your work and following the well-known hockey personalities for news ideas.

1) Applicants must have previous writing experience and WordPress media program knowledge. If you’ve never written for any previous media company or blog platform in the past, we ask that you still apply but please have strong punctuation and spelling skills.

2) Must be able to post four articles during the regular season and two articles during the summer offseason. Our regular season writing schedule here on our team is from the beginning of September and ends when the Bruins season ends or how far the club makes it in the playoffs.

3) Regardless if it’s our regular season or our offseason posting schedule, to be eligible for our Advertising Revenue Share Program, you must post five or more articles per month to receive compensation for your hard work and dedication to our team. This is not an opportunity for full-time work and is not by any means a dollar value that you can quit your current job. The more you post, the greater your share could be, but please keep in mind that other team members will have the same opportunity to post as much as they can so distributed amounts can change per individual.

4) Members of our team have had the pleasure of representing our website as media members for events such as Bruins Development Camp, annual Prospects Challenge, and Rookie/NHL Main training camps in the past. Our goal is to get our website credited by the Bruins organization to cover B’s regular season and playoff games regularly.

5) Must be a team player if hired on with us. This means you are asked to support fellow members’ work and often share on the many social media outlets that you currently use.  Also, a requirement is to be active on our BNG Slack team communications app for important announcements and article topic discussions.

6) As we do our due diligence and try to get our website noticed by the Bruins organization to cover games from the TD Garden we ask that you refrain from bashing a player, the organization, or another writer that works for another media affiliate in your articles. If you happen to disagree with another off team writer or frustrated with a certain player, we ask that you be respectful and seek many angles to your argument. Foul language will not be tolerated here, and after ONE warning you will be removed if vulgar language is used or personal attacks are made.

7) We ask that potential new hires use our previous articles as a template for how we do things here. Any changes that do not look the same will be reverted back so we can keep our format the same for every post. Articles are to be at least 500 words or more and in the case of a “Breaking News” story to get something out quick, you may go under the 500-word threshold but keep in mind that any articles that are under that minimum will not be considered when it comes to our Advertising Revenue Share Program that was mentioned above. 

All applicants that are serious about this opportunity and want to join our team, please send an email to blackngoldhockeyblog@gmail.com and tell us a little about yourselves and what type of team player you could be if hired. Also, if you do have previous experience on another platform, we ask that you please provide a sample of your work. If you do not have any samples, it’s not a big deal and will not be the end-all-be-all when it comes to the hiring process.