Tuesday evening Les Canadiennes de Montréal general manager Meg Hewings announced the trade of defender Nachi Fujimoto to the Boston Blades in exchange for future considerations.
In order to ensure a future in professional hockey, Fujimoto attended try-outs for the NWHL and simultaneously registered for the CWHL Draft, where she was taken in the ninth round by Les Canadiennes.
Fujimoto, a graduate of Sapporo International University and sister to Nana Fujimoto, who anchored the New York Riveters in the NWHL’s inaugural season, will add an extra body to the Blades on the blue line. Fujimoto joins Sato Kikuchi on the Blades, a friend and teammate who traveled with her to NWHL tryouts from Japan.
Boston, run by general manager Krista Patronick, drafted relatively few defenders in August in favor of scooping up a number of goalies who could contend for a starting spot after the departure of no. 1 netminder, Genevieve Lacasse. Lacasse completed the trade from the Calgary Inferno to the Boston Blades in 2014, when Tara Watchorn was traded for future considerations.
After making the trip from Japan for Montreal’s selection camp, Fujimoto suited up for the team’s first pre-season game against the McGill Martlets last Friday.
“We were impressed by Nachi’s skill-set, including her quick feet, mobility, and toughness in the corner despite her smaller stature. This was a very difficult year to crack our defensive roster in Montreal, but she made a strong impression on our organization with her professionalism, determination, and dedication to the sport. We wish her all the best with the Boston Blades as she launches her CWHL career,” general manager Meg Hewings said.