SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 25, 2013

Duggan, Hendrickson help Boston win women's hockey's Clarkson Cup

By Matt Williams
Staff writer

---- — The Black-and-Gold hockey team from Boston is on top of the world — the women’s hockey world.

The Boston Blades claimed the Clarkson Cup and the championship of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League over the weekend in Ontario, Canada, by beating the defending champion Montreal Stars, 5-2.

Danvers native Meghan Duggan and Boxford’s Cherie Hendrickson skate for the Blades, and were there to hoist the Clarkson Cup, a first for the Blades’ American franchise.

Boston scored five power play goals in Saturday’s championship, including a natural hat trick by Kelley Steadman.

Duggan, a silver medalist in the 2010 Olympic games, 3-time national champion at Wisconsin and the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award winner, was limited to 14 regular season games this winter due to injury. She had five goals and eight assists for 13 points and her point-per-game average was second only to CWHL MVP Hilary Knight among the Blades.

She played all four games in the Clarkson Cup, which was a round robin style followed by the final, and recorded two assists.

Hendrickson, an ex-Providence College standout, is a longtime member of the Blades. She appeared in 20 games on the blue line with two goals and seven assists, third among Boston defenseman and was a constant presence on defense in the Clarkson Cup.

Boston, which practices in Somerville and plays games throughout New England, won the CWHL’s regular season title. They won their Clarkson Cup opener, 3-2, over Toronto and blanked Brampton, 2-0, before falling to Montreal in overtime, 1-0.

The Blades got the last laugh over their rivals from Montreal, however, by winning the championship on Saturday. In all, the Blades feature 15 Olympians and are coached by CWHL Coach of the Year Digit Murphy.

The CWHL is a Canadian women’s hockey league that aims to grow the game and give elite women a place to play after their college careers are over. There are five team, four of them in Canada (Alberta, Brampton, Toronto and Montreal) plus Boston, which was founded in 2010.