The Boston Pride have re-signed the second player from their 2016 Isobel Cup winning roster. Jillian Dempsey has agreed to terms on a new contract with the team.
Dempsey has inked a one-year, $13,000 deal with the Pride, an increase from the $10,500 deal she played under last season.
“Jill is the epitome of hard work and passion,” said Pride general manager Hayley Moore. “Her relentless and consistent play will make her a great contributor again next season.”
Dempsey put up seven goals and 14 points in 18 games last season. Her 14 points tied for 10th in the league.
The Massachusetts native and former Harvard captain also put up five points (2-3-5) in four postseason games as the Pride swept through the postseason to win the inaugural Isobel Cup Championship.
Dempsey joins Jordan Smelker in committing to return to the team for the 2016-17 season. With a large number of players from the Pride coming from the U.S. National Team, expect a large number of signings to be announced all at once.
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NWHL Defenseman of the Year Gigi Marvin recently said via phone that the National Team players will again make the decision to stick with the league as a unit, and that decision hasn’t officially been made yet. It’s expected to happen, but they have not yet done so.
The Pride have another $243,000 to spend on 13 skaters and two goaltenders.
The restricted free agency period will come to a close on April 30. All unsigned players become unrestricted free agents on May 1.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.