After every season, I like to look back at some of my favorite Blades memories. This season had so many fun times.
- Gino’s Gronk Spike after our first (shootout) win in Toronto, Dec 11, 2016. Please take a moment to watch this .gif over and over again, because it is amazing. This is a moment of pure fire. Gino just cannot contain her excitement in the locker room after our shootout win, so she decides the most appropriate thing to do is Gronk Spike her glove. Because of course.
2. The Blades opening game vs Toronto, 2-1 OT Loss, Oct. 15, 2016. The first game of the season is always a little bit nerve wracking for me. You never really know what you’re going to get, but in this game, we saw what Lauren Dahm was truly capable of. I remember after the game a group of kids came up to our locker room wanting to meet her. She was like, “Really?” – a little nervous about going out to say hello to them. I said, sorry Dahmer, you’re a pro now. Get used to kids asking for your autograph, especially after a game like that.
So awesome to see the Blades’ Toronto fan base expanding 🙂
3. Pond hockey skate with fans at Patriot Place, Jan. 7, 2017.
So many people came out to skate with us!
Tara met her mini-me…
And our #NorthernFans from Montreal came, too!!
4. Puck drop at the Heritage Classic with Canadian Consulate David Alward & Quebec Delegate Madame Marie-Claude Francoeur, Jan. 8, 2017, Walter Brown Arena.
This was a great way to connect with our Canadian roots in Boston. We may have lost 6-4 but we had a 3-2 lead at one point during this game. And, most our games with Montreal were quite competitive this season. It felt great for us to play well against the (well, arguably) best team in the league. It makes for exciting hockey.
5. Road Trip to Beauce. I think hands down this was one of our favorite road trips. The people of Beauce were so incredibly kind to us. Quite honestly we got the rockstar treatment there, which is what the team truly deserves, so thank you to Beauce & Les Canadiennes for doing this incredible outreach game. The crowds were absolutely amazing, and the poutine was the best I’ve had. (As if I wasn’t going to mention poutine in this post…..)
Watchy just feelin’ Canadian on the bus…
6. Puck MS Game, Jan. 28, Walter Brown Arena.
A cause very close to our hearts, it was amazing to honor Watchy and Gino’s moms, who are both affected by MS. We wore orange to spread awareness of this terrible illness which hopefully one day we will find a cure for.
Watchy’s husband helped us out with a BU color guard for this game. It was so amazing to have her whole family involved.
(Thank you to Michelle Jay for the photos! xo)
7. Jan. 29 at Umass Lowell.
It is always so much fun for me to bring the Blades to my alma mater, UMass Lowell. This is the rink where I fell in love with the game, so to see my Bladies play here is always so special for me. This year we only got to do one game here but boy did we have an amazing crowd for it! This was our best crowd for a Boston area home game for sure.
8. #FightLikeAGirl Title Boxing Event, Jan. 14, 2017.
The Blades partnered with Title Boxing Club North Andover for an amazing power hour workout session fundraiser, lead by my best friend and #1 life bae, Shelly, who works for Title. Thank you so much to everyone at Title and all who came out to this event! It was so much fun!!
9. Blades Brunch, Jan. 28, 2017.
What do you get when you put two of my personal favorite things – hockey and brunch – together? You get one amazing Blades event. Common Ground in Allston hosted this one and it was so spectacular! Thank you for being so easy to work with!
I didn’t get too many actual photos during brunch because I was enjoying it so much but here are a few. Thank you to all who bought brunch plates for our athletes and/or joined us and contributed to this event! It was so fun and delicious and it really helped out our team!
10. Newcastle, Ontario, Weekend, Feb. 18 and 19, 2017.
It is hard for me to find words for how amazing this past weekend was. My heart is full.
I had kind of hoped our friends from Montreal would be at the game, but I didn’t directly ask them or want to push them on it because I knew it was a long drive for them. But when I saw them come into the rink in Pickering, I just about cried tears of happiness! It was so good to see their faces! And thank you ladies for all your help over the weekend, you all helped it run so smoothly and your cheering for the Blades was SO LOUD! 🙂
And of course how can we forget Miss Kaitlyn, our #1 Blades fan in Ontario? She & her family brought SO many people out to the games! Thank you SO much for your support of us and I am so happy you are part of our special little Blades family!
Overall we had great crowds this past weekend and got a tour of our Captain’s hometown, a very special place to all of us on the team. It was the perfect last weekend of the season.
I will never forget this season for so many reasons. The laughs were hard. Tears happened, but they always do, and in the end, everything worked out just fine.
One of the biggest lessons this job has taught me is the art of letting stuff roll off your back. Working with what you’re given to make it the best it can be, because nothing will ever be perfect. But I really think you don’t need perfection. You just need a lot of people who care, who are in your corner no matter what, and this season we definitely had that.
I want to give a special shout out to the Blades volunteers. You guys are the reason why this team happens. None of it happens without you. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed and I want to thank each and every one of you – you know who you are. You showed up in a snow storm, you helped carry heavy things, you did things you maybe thought you’d never have to do (or maybe things you never wanted to but you did anyway because you love us right?). THANK YOU just does not seem like enough. You are the real MVP’s.
Lots of fun plans for the off season this year, but for now, I’m going to keep reeling over such a great season.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. xoxoxox