Friday evening, the NWHL announced that Emily Field and Rachel Llanes, two strong depth forwards for the Boston Pride, had re-signed with the team for the 2016-17 season. Field, a winger, was signed by general manager Hayley Moore for $11,000 while Llanes, a center, signed for $12,000.
Llanes brings speed and tenacity to the Pride. When Llanes is on, there’s little an opponent can do to shake her. Llanes proved herself a contributor points-wise – she scored 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) throughout 17 games with the Pride last season, including two game-winning goals – as well as on faceoffs, earning a 50.77 percent win rate over 193 faceoffs.
“Llanes is the epitome of competitor,” said Moore. “She’s great at face-offs and adds versatility to our roster. Rachel’s speed, skill and grit make her incredibly hard to play against. We are happy to welcome her back.”
“I am so excited to be back with the Pride this season,” said Llanes. “It’ll be another fun year; I’m looking forward to building off of what we accomplished last season. More importantly, I am honored to be a part of this league and grateful to have the opportunity to continue growing women’s ice hockey and being a part of history.”
Field plays a very different style of game than Llanes. Her best work is done away from the puck, where she sets herself and her teammates up for success. Like Llanes, Field scored 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) over 18 games during the regular season. Field is a recent graduate, exiting Boston College’s system in 2015.
“Emily Field is a player who will surprise you in an instant, but she is very good at doing the little things consistently to put other players in a great spot,” Moore said. “She’s an incredible teammate and person we are lucky to have in Boston.”
“I’m very excited to be back in Boston again this year,” said Field. “I had such a great experience playing for the Pride and Coach Bobby Jay last year. I’m looking forward to picking up where we left off.”