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  • Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2015: Boston Pride Head Coach Bobby Jay goes over strategies before the team's season opener versus the Buffalo Beauts at HarborCenter. The Pride went on to beat the Beauts 4-1. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Everett, Mass., Nov. 3, 2015: Boston Pride equipment manager Bob Varney stacks pucks for use during the team's practice at Allied Veterans Memorial Rink. Varney volunteers his time helping the team out in any way he can. Varney has also been affiliated with the Boston Blades of the CWHL and the Brown University hockey team. Though Varney has never been a player, he has spent his life around the sport, and has been a youth hockey coach since 1968. "I just love the game," he said. He finds women's hockey to be particularly impressive. "If you asked any one of those girls out there to switch from defense to offense or offense to defense, they could do it. They're smart. They listen. They're so much more creative than the men. It's really fun to watch." ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Everett, Mass., Nov. 5, 2015: Head coach Bobby Jay discusses how practice will be run during a joint practice between the Boston Pride and the Boston Bandits, an EHL-Premier league Junior A men's team out of Bridgewater, Mass. at Allied Veterans Memorial Rink. The two teams ran through drills for the first half of practice and were then mixed together for a scrimmage during the second half. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Everett, Mass., Nov. 5, 2015: The Boston Pride hold a joint practice with the Boston Bandits, an EHL-Premier league Junior A men's team out of Bridgewater, Mass. at Allied Veterans Memorial Rink. The two teams ran through drills for the first half of practice and were then mixed together for a scrimmage during the second half. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: One of the Boston Pride's physical therapists, Ashley Wiater, is reflected in a bus window while traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y. for the Pride's game against the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. Wiater, a former member of Northeastern University's hockey team, is a staff sports physical therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital when not helping out with the Boston Pride. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Boston Pride head coach Bobby Jay discusses game strategies before the Pride's game against the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Boston Pride forward Jordan Smelker gets suited up before the Pride's game against the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: The Boston Pride wait to take the ice for pre-game ceremonies before their game against the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: The Boston Pride take on the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Mary Pat Fralick (center), mother of Boston Pride goalie Kelsie Fralick and nine-year-old Daniel Milliken, her nephew, watch with family as the Pride take on the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. Fralick traveled from her home in Philadelphia to be at the game. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Boston Pride defenseman Blake Bolden (#10) and New York Riveters forward Celeste Brown fight for the puck as the teams face off at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Boston Pride defenseman Kacey Bellamy (#22) is hit from behind by New York Riveters forward Morgan Fritz-Ward while Pride forward Hilary Knight carries the puck as the teams face off at Aviator Sports and Events Center. Knight scored the Pride's first goal and Bellamy scored the team's second and final goal. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: New York Riveters forward Beth Hanrahan (#28) and forward Meghan Fardelmann celebrate Hanrahan's early first period goal during a game between the Riveters and the Boston Pride at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: Boston Pride head coach Bobby Jay's daughter, Addy, waits to perform the official puck drop to start the game the Boston Pride and the New York Riveters at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Pride lost to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: Boston Pride forward Emily Field (left) and New York Riveters defenseman Elena Orlando (right) fight for the puck during a game between the Pride and Riveters at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: Boston Pride forward Jordan Smelker (center) beats New York Riveters forward Meghan Fardelmann (left) and forward Celeste Brown (right) to the puck during a game between the Pride and the New York Riveters at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: Sheila (center) and Matthew Field (right), parents of Boston Pride forward Emily Field, along with Sheila's twin sister and Emily's aunt Sharon (far left), react after the Boston Pride attempt to score a goal late in the third period of a game between the Boston Pride and the New York Riveters at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters, 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: The New York Riveters embrace goalie Nana Fujimoto, who made 41 saves during the game, and celebrate a 2-3 win over the Boston Pride at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2015: Boston Pride Head Coach Bobby Jay goes over strategies before the team's season opener versus the Buffalo Beauts at HarborCenter. The Pride went on to beat the Beauts 4-1. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Everett, Mass., Nov. 3, 2015: Boston Pride equipment manager Bob Varney stacks pucks for use during the team's practice at Allied Veterans Memorial Rink. Varney volunteers his time helping the team out in any way he can. Varney has also been affiliated with the Boston Blades of the CWHL and the Brown University hockey team. Though Varney has never been a player, he has spent his life around the sport, and has been a youth hockey coach since 1968. "I just love the game," he said. He finds women's hockey to be particularly impressive. "If you asked any one of those girls out there to switch from defense to offense or offense to defense, they could do it. They're smart. They listen. They're so much more creative than the men. It's really fun to watch." ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Everett, Mass., Nov. 5, 2015: Head coach Bobby Jay discusses how practice will be run during a joint practice between the Boston Pride and the Boston Bandits, an EHL-Premier league Junior A men's team out of Bridgewater, Mass. at Allied Veterans Memorial Rink. The two teams ran through drills for the first half of practice and were then mixed together for a scrimmage during the second half. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Everett, Mass., Nov. 5, 2015: The Boston Pride hold a joint practice with the Boston Bandits, an EHL-Premier league Junior A men's team out of Bridgewater, Mass. at Allied Veterans Memorial Rink. The two teams ran through drills for the first half of practice and were then mixed together for a scrimmage during the second half. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: One of the Boston Pride's physical therapists, Ashley Wiater, is reflected in a bus window while traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y. for the Pride's game against the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. Wiater, a former member of Northeastern University's hockey team, is a staff sports physical therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital when not helping out with the Boston Pride. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Boston Pride head coach Bobby Jay discusses game strategies before the Pride's game against the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Boston Pride forward Jordan Smelker gets suited up before the Pride's game against the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: The Boston Pride wait to take the ice for pre-game ceremonies before their game against the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: The Boston Pride take on the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Mary Pat Fralick (center), mother of Boston Pride goalie Kelsie Fralick and nine-year-old Daniel Milliken, her nephew, watch with family as the Pride take on the New York Riveters at Aviator Sports and Events Center. Fralick traveled from her home in Philadelphia to be at the game. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Boston Pride defenseman Blake Bolden (#10) and New York Riveters forward Celeste Brown fight for the puck as the teams face off at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: Boston Pride defenseman Kacey Bellamy (#22) is hit from behind by New York Riveters forward Morgan Fritz-Ward while Pride forward Hilary Knight carries the puck as the teams face off at Aviator Sports and Events Center. Knight scored the Pride's first goal and Bellamy scored the team's second and final goal. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2015: New York Riveters forward Beth Hanrahan (#28) and forward Meghan Fardelmann celebrate Hanrahan's early first period goal during a game between the Riveters and the Boston Pride at Aviator Sports and Events Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: Boston Pride head coach Bobby Jay's daughter, Addy, waits to perform the official puck drop to start the game the Boston Pride and the New York Riveters at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Pride lost to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: Boston Pride forward Emily Field (left) and New York Riveters defenseman Elena Orlando (right) fight for the puck during a game between the Pride and Riveters at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: Boston Pride forward Jordan Smelker (center) beats New York Riveters forward Meghan Fardelmann (left) and forward Celeste Brown (right) to the puck during a game between the Pride and the New York Riveters at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: Sheila (center) and Matthew Field (right), parents of Boston Pride forward Emily Field, along with Sheila's twin sister and Emily's aunt Sharon (far left), react after the Boston Pride attempt to score a goal late in the third period of a game between the Boston Pride and the New York Riveters at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Pride fell to the Riveters, 2-3. ©Amanda Swinhart

  • Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2015: The New York Riveters embrace goalie Nana Fujimoto, who made 41 saves during the game, and celebrate a 2-3 win over the Boston Pride at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. ©Amanda Swinhart

Boston Pride v. New York Riveters

"I have season tickets to the Flyers. This is better."

                                           -Mary Pat Fralick, mother of Boston Pride goalie Kelsie Fralick

On Nov. 5th the Boston Pride held a joint practice with the Boston Bandits, an EHL-Premier league Junior A men's team out of Bridgewater, Mass. The two teams ran through drills and then were mixed together for a scrimmage. After a little friendly competition, the players posed for photos together. It was fun to see the guys so excited about playing with the Pride, and to see some of them in NWHL jerseys.

Along with experiencing these unique moments while tagging along with the team, I've been able to meet a few of the people who help make the Pride and the league itself possible. Some of them are volunteers. Most of them, like the players, have a second full-time job, and all of them are genuinely excited about being a part of women's hockey. Bob Varney, for example, who is seen in a photo above, volunteers his time helping the Pride out in any way he can. He has been affiliated with the Boston Blades of the CWHL and the Brown University hockey team as well. Though Varney has never been a player, he has spent his life around the sport, and has been a youth hockey coach since 1968. When I spoke with him at a recent practice, he said, "I just love the game." He finds women's hockey to be particularly impressive. "If you asked any one of those girls out there to switch from defense to offense or offense to defense, they could do it. They're smart. They listen. They're so much more creative than the men. It's really fun to watch," he said. 

Sharing Varney's passion for the game are the players' parents. I've only had the chance to meet a couple of them, but from our brief conversations it was clear that they are beyond thrilled to see their girls being given the opportunity to continue playing the game they love at the highest level. Goalie Kelsie Fralick's mother, Mary Pat Fralick, traveled from Philadelphia to Brooklyn for the Pride's game against the New York Riveters on Nov. 15th. In between action, I asked her what she thought of the start of the NWHL. She said, "We're from Philadelphia. I have season tickets to the Flyers. This is better. This is awesome." Like Varney, she spoke of the ability of female hockey players to be creative, to handle the puck more, to play a game that flows without all the fighting, checking and penalties, and how exciting it was to see her daughter on the ice. "For her, and for us, this is great," Fralick said. 

Since my last post, the Pride beat the Buffalo Beauts 5-3 in an away game at HarborCenter, and lost both games in back-to-back matchups with the New York Riveters, one game away and the second at home. I was unable to attend their game in Buffalo, but traveled with the team to Brooklyn for the Nov. 15th game and attended their first home game on Nov. 22nd. The Riveters were tough opponents, and the matchups made for a set of very physical back and forth games. During the second period of the Nov. 15th game in Brooklyn, Pride forward Emily Field had a scary collision with Riveters forward Brooke Ammerman. Field was able to get up after lying on the ice for a few minutes, but collapsed suddenly as she was being helped off.

I left my spot in the stands right after I saw Field go down and headed for the locker room to see if I could find anything out about her status. I was hesitant to enter, but part of documenting the team means capturing the emotion of the game, both the highs and the lows. The Pride were losing the game at this point, and the mood was very tense in the locker room. The players were trying to give Field space, but were also concerned. During those initial moments of uncertainty, it's hard not to assume the worst, especially when you see a player take such a hard hit. The team was tired, pissed off about the game, and couldn't afford to be down a player. I wanted to capture the mood of this moment because it is a moment anyone who has ever played a sport can relate to: the frustration of playing from behind and suddenly losing an integral part of the team, and for the injured player, not knowing how serious the injury is. I snapped one frame in which the players are sitting in the locker room listening to head coach Bobby Jay, who is on the other side of the wall, talk about Field's injury and the plan for the rest of the game. It's not a great picture, but it gives a bit of a glimpse into the moment. As a photographer, you often find yourself in situations where you are not exactly welcome, and of course, you want to be respectful and you must be sensitive to your subjects, but you want to tell the story. It is a constant balance between knowing when the moment is right to press the shutter or to refrain. 

After helping Field out of her equipment, the team trainer and medical staff brought her into the hall where she could lay down. It was clear that she was in a lot of pain. Injuries are obviously a part of the game, and can have a huge impact on an athlete, especially professional athletes whose health directly affects their ability to do their jobs. Thankfully, Field's injury was not season-ending, but she was out for the rest of the game with a deep thigh bruise. The Pride ultimately lost to the Riveters 2-3.

After six away games, the team finally had their first home game on Nov. 22nd at Harvard's Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Travel to and from games takes up the majority of the players' weekends, and most of the time they get home from away games in the early hours of the morning, get off the bus, walk drowsily to their cars and drive home, only to get up in a few short hours for work that same morning. So, needless to say, they were eager for this current series of home games. After another tough game, and an incredible performance by Riveters goalie Nana Fujimoto, the Pride lost with the final score of 2-3 once again. Despite the loss, it was definitely nice to be home and great to see so many of the players' families and friends on site to cheer the team on.  

My favorite photos from the night, though, are the ones taken during the player autograph session, which each NWHL team holds directly after every home game. It's a great way for the league to give back and is so appreciated by the fans. I loved seeing so many boys and girls in their hockey jerseys lining up to say "hi," give high fives, or present the players with a homemade sign. The expressions on their faces said it all. And in the end, that's what it's all about.