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Former BC Women’s Hockey Defenseman Blake Bolden Signs On To Play In Switzerland

Former Eagle will be playing for HC Lugano

2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Women's Hockey Classic Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

After playing for a few years in the fledgling North American women’s hockey leagues for both the CWHL and NWHL, former Boston College women’s hockey star Blake Bolden will be taking her talents to Europe to play for HC Lugano.

Bolden was one of the best defensemen to ever wear the maroon and gold, but somehow or other never seemed to find a spot on the US National Team despite being one of the top players at her position. She’s been in the news lately for not only being left off the Olympic roster, but not even being invited to the tryout.

Bolden’s move to Europe is a little surprising given the up-and-coming status of the North American women’s hockey leagues, where most of the US and Canadian national team players play full time, but the relative financial insecurity of the new leagues may have pushed Bolden to look elsewhere.

Several other former BC women’s hockey stars have found a place on a European squad in the past where they were able to have some extended careers. Good luck to Blake, and we hope she enjoys her time across the pond!