Lauren Slebodnick, a goaltender who was sidelined for much of the 2015-16 season with an upper-body injury, has re-signed with the Boston Pride for the league minimum salary of $10,000.
Though Slebodnick was projected by many to be the goaltender to beat for the starting position last year, as the winningest goaltender in Cornell College history, her injury complicated matters early in the season and left Brittany Ott to run away with the starter position. By the time Slebodnick recovered enough to be back on the ice, Ott had claimed not only the starter spot but would soon also win the official title of Best Goaltender, awarded by the press at the end of the inaugural season.
Slebodnick played only in four games for the Pride and did not show to her best, posting a 0.883 save percentage and a 1-2-0 record, though the Pride as a whole didn’t have a strong start to its season.
However, her goals against average (GAA) was lower than her best in college, coming in at 2.25. In contrast, as a senior at Cornell, Slebodnick allowed only 50 goals for season-ending GAA of 2.31, posting a record of 17-2-3.
“It was an honor to be a member of the Pride last season,” said Slebodnick via the league’s press release. “The relentless intensity and work ethic of every player is a testament to the team’s commitment to excellence. I am excited to return to the Pride and to continue playing alongside the most dedicated hockey players in the world.”
“Lauren was a huge part of our team on and off the ice last season,” said Pride general manager Hayley Moore, quoted in the press release. “She was sidelined with an injury, but has worked very hard to come back stronger than ever. We are very happy to have her join the Pride on the ice for a second season.”
The Pride is the first team to sign players to both netminder roster positions.