ESPN announced its NHL coverage team on Tuesday afternoon, and one name particularly stands out to Boston College hockey fans. Women’s hockey alum Blake Bolden will be joining Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski as one of ESPN’s NHL reporters when coverage begins in the fall.
Bolden has been blazing a trail through the hockey world. We spoke to her earlier this year to discuss what it’s been like to be a role model to young people of color, and her work within hockey to make it a more inclusive and diverse sport. With this role, not only is she continuing to blaze a trail in hockey, but she is also bringing a depth of experience and insight that hockey needs.
A standout player at BC, Bolden became the first Black professional women’s hockey player after graduating, playing for the Boston Blades of the CWHL, the Boston Pride and Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL, and HC Lugano’s women’s team of the SWHL.
She was named a pro scout for the LA Kings in 2020, becoming the first Black woman to hold a scouting role in the NHL. She also works as a growth and inclusion specialist with the Kings organization, helping to grow the game in the LA area.
A huge congrats to Blake on the new gig!