Nov 24, 2015 7:29 PM

NH hockey players help National Women's Hockey League make history

MANCHESTER-Any parent with kids playing sports knows how hard it is to make it professionally especially for girls, but the National Women's Hockey League is making history.

In it's inagural season, the NWHL has four teams that are paying their players. A major advancement for women's sports.

"We're ole models for younger girls and they're going to have options when they graduate," said Kacey Bellamy, a defenseman on the Boston Pride. "They're going to get paid to play and it's incredible."

The teams consist of Olympic hockey players and stars from the most elite college programs.

Kacey Bellamy, a 2-time silver medal olympian. is one of the best defense players to come from UNH.

She plays for the Boston Pride along with Cornell's all-time goalie, Lauren Slebodnick, a Manchester-native who distinctly remembers cold N.H. rinks and non-stop travel while she was growing up.

Slebodnick, a Boston Pride goalie played in Hooksett, Exeter, Berlin and all over New England with her brothers.

Slebodnick's hockey career started at age six, thanks to her brother.

"My older brother liked having a goalie to shoot on so that's pretty much how I got started as a goalie," said Slebodnick.

Now it's him watching her. He's gotten to see her reach her dreams as a professional athlete.

The Boston Pride plays home at Harvard University's arena. Not far from her humble beginnings in the Granite State.


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