One additional benefit to successful a championship the way in which Kaleigh Fratkin did lately: bragging rights in your individual home.
“My fiance (Henry Lee), he was a university athlete” who performed lacrosse at Boston College, Fratkin stated. “We all the time joke concerning the final time he gained was a state championship for lacrosse (at Wilton Excessive in Connecticut). At the least that is one factor I can maintain over him is that I’ve gained on the skilled stage, so I beat his highschool efficiency.”
Fratkin, a 29-year-old defenseman, had fairly a winter, successful her first Nationwide Girls’s Hockey League crown with the Boston Pleasure whereas additionally taking up because the Weymouth Excessive women hockey coach.
Wednesday evening would possibly carry one other spotlight when the NWHL conducts its awards present in a particular version of “NWHL Open Ice” on Twitch hosted by Katie Gaus. It can stream reside at twitch.television/NWHL starting at 7 p.m.
Fratkin is certainly one of our 4 league MVP finalists, together with Pleasure teammates Jillian Dempsey and Christina Putigna, plus Mikyla Grant-Mentis of the Toronto Six.
“Definitely it is an honor to be categorized in that group,” stated Fratkin, who had 11 assists and was plus-16 within the Pleasure’s abbreviated nine-game season. “The opposite gamers nominated, two of whom are my teammates, are unbelievable gamers. I have been within the league since Day 1, and there have been some superior gamers to win that award. To be even nominated in that group is one thing that I am humbled and honored about.”
Fratkin, the highest-scoring defenseman in NWHL historical past, is also a finalist for the Defender of the Yr award she gained final 12 months. Her D companion, Mallory Souliotis, is also up for that one.
Profitable in both of these classes can be large honor, however lastly capturing the Isobel Cup in her sixth 12 months within the 6-year-old league simply strengthened in Fratkin’s thoughts how a lot she values crew success over particular person accolades.
“It is a crew sport, proper? You are not enjoying golf, you are not enjoying tennis,” stated Fratkin, the third-longest tenured participant within the league. “My important focus is all the time a championship. These little added items are good, however they’re undoubtedly not the top objective. I’ve all the time needed to win the Isobel Cup, and that is lastly occurred, in order that’s clearly far more essential than the person stuff.”
The Pleasure gained the Cup on March 27 at Warrior Ice Area in Boston, beating the Minnesota Whitecaps, 4-3, within the nationally televised ultimate with Fratkin notching a pair of assists. That concluded a two-day, four-team mini-tournament to determine the crown after the league’s authentic plan of a two-week mini-season in a sports activities bubble in Lake Placid, New York, in January/February needed to be deserted when a number of gamers, together with Fratkin, contracted COVID-19.
The Pleasure celebrated their title in model, bringing the Cup to a Bruins recreation and to metropolis corridor, amongst different locations.
“The good factor outdoors of the sporting occasions was going to metropolis corridor and so they declared it Boston Pleasure Day,” Fratkin stated. “That was one thing particular as a result of that is one thing that had by no means occurred for an NWHL crew. It was all-encompassing that not solely are our (professional) sports activities groups behind us however so is your entire metropolis of Boston. That was a extremely cool second after we bought to see that occur.”
Pleasure ahead Sammy Davis (Pembroke/Tabor Academy) is a finalist for the NWHL’s Newcomer of the Yr Award. Davis, like Fratkin a BU grad, had 5 objectives and an help.
“She stepped up after we wanted her,” stated Fratkin. “She scores objectives for us after we wanted it. You are going to wish to see her proceed to enhance every year, and I feel she’ll be a core (piece) for this crew.”
Pleasure goalie Lovisa Selander is a finalist for Goaltender of the Yr, and Dempsey is a finalist for the Denna Laing Award for the participant who “most exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to her sport.” Laing is a former Pleasure participant who suffered a extreme spinal wire harm through the 2016 Outside Girls’s Traditional at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. It was the primary out of doors skilled ladies’s hockey recreation.