The Boston Pride have re-signed goaltender Lauren Slebodnick to a one-year, $10,000 deal, the league announced Tuesday.
“Lauren was a huge part of our team on and off the ice last season,” said general manager Hayley Moore. “She was sidelined with an injury, but has worked very hard to come back stronger than ever. We are very happy to have her join the Pride on the ice for a second season.”
Slebodnick, the winningest goaltender in Cornell history, managed to play just four games last season because of injury. She ceded the majority of the team’s workload to Brittany Ott, who went on to be named NWHL Goaltender of the Year.
In those four starts, Slebodnick posted a .883 save percentage and 2.25 goals against average with a 1-2-0 record.
“It was an honor to be a member of the Pride last season,” said Slebodnick. “The relentless intensity and work ethic of every player is a testament to the team’s commitment to excellence. I am excited to return to the Pride and to continue playing alongside the most dedicated hockey players in the world.”
The NWHL is coming up on the end of free agency and the Pride has signed very few players. That’s largely because the national team players have not signed deals yet and their team is full of national team players.
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