The NWHL announced this afternoon that Lexi Bender has re-signed with the Boston Pride for the 2017-18 season. Bender, who was the 15th overall draft pick in 2015, is entering her second year in the league.
Throughout her four years at BC, Bender showed herself to be a skilled two-way defenseman, contributing significantly on both offense and defense. While at Boston College, Bender recorded 95 points. As a senior, she was tied for third amongst NCAA defenders with 33 points and 27 assists. Bender ranks third in program history with a career +/- of +164. She set a program record by playing in 154 games, and is second amongst BC defenders with her 95 career points and 76 career assists.
This will be an interesting year for the NWHL, as many of the league’s star players will be taking the season off for the Olympics. This particularly impacts the Pride, who will be losing a good chunk of their team. Because of this, Bender will likely play an even larger role on Boston’s blue line than she did as a rookie.