Boston Blades Captain Tara Watchorn has signed her second two-year contract with the team, general manager Krista Patronick announced Saturday morning. Watchorn, an offensive blue liner for Boston, will enter her third season with the team.
“I’m so excited to be joining the Boston Blades for another season,” Watchorn said per the release. “There are no stats or numbers that could even come close to explaining how special of a team we had last year and the amazing group of people who changed my life.”
Watchorn’s team finished last in the league in wins and goals after losing the majority of its U.S. Olympic players to the newly-minted NWHL during the offseason. The rebuilt team struggled offensively during the regular season against more skilled teams but developed solidly on defense, dropping the shots-against count from over 50 to approximately 42 shots against per game.
Watchorn, a Newcastle, Ontario product and a defender on Team Canada, is a 2012 Boston University graduate. She notched two goals and four assists for the Blades last season, leading all defenders in goals, assists and points and came in third overall in points earned.
“I am more than happy to be a part of this special program moving forward and I can’t wait to see what the 2016-17 season has in store for us,” she said.
Watchorn was part of the Blades 2015 Clarkson Cup Championship team, having registered six goals and 14 assists during the 2014-15 regular season, and two assists during the Clarkson Cup Championship series.
“We are thrilled that Tara has renewed her contract with the Blades,” said Patronick. “She provided leadership and experience for a team that saw large roster turnover last season. Her dedication to this team is unmatched and I look forward to seeing where next season will take us under her continued leadership.”