As one of the four charter franchises of the National Women’s Hockey League, the Boston Pride is poised to contribute to a new and exciting chapter in New England hockey, while maintaining its proud legacy. Setting the example shall be Hayley Moore, the first General Manager in franchise history.
Of note, Moore has already made some remarkable contributions to New England hockey as a player. From competing at the Ivy League level with the Brown Bears, the oldest women’s hockey program in US hockey history, under the tutelage of legendary head coach Digit Murphy, Moore was also a member of the Boston Blades during their inaugural season.
That invaluable experience as a player results in Moore bringing an understanding and appreciation of what makes women’s hockey so great, helping to accomplish the NWHL’s objective of creating an exciting and empowering opportunity for women in hockey. In the earliest days of the Pride, her role as a General Manager made her the face of the franchise, carrying the hopes and dreams of a bright future ahead,
“Since becoming the GM for the Pride, I have experienced some of the most exciting moments of my career. The honor of being named to this position was thrilling enough, but to be able to provide these women with the playing opportunity I only dreamed of, is more rewarding than I can put into words.
I truly admire the people who have dedicated their lives to this game, and have made this league a reality. The respect I have for the players grows every day, and I just hope to work as hard as I can to continue to serve them to the best of my abilities.”
Her tireless efforts in making the Pride a reality go far beyond the rink and the game itself; it is defined by the collective enthusiasm of ambitious, energetic women who dream of seeing the game shine on an even brighter stage. It is part of a challenge to preserve the progress of women’s hockey while transforming it into an essential component of the sporting discussion.
In the aftermath of a successful NWHL Draft, in which Moore made history twice with the selection of Harvard Crimson goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (she not only became the first goaltender selected in the history of the draft, but the first Canadian-born player), Moore remains very busy. From countless travels and scouting, to attending the Beantown Classic, the off-season has resulted in a considerable workload, with the end goal of putting together an Isobel Cup contender.
Adding to the magic of such a memorable time is the fact that Moore had the privilege to participate in a coaching capacity at a USA Hockey event. Taking into account her legacy as a former captain with the Brown Bears, Moore symbolizes perseverance and teamwork. Able to share her motivation and wisdom with an elite group of players, Moore was joined on the ice by a remarkable group of world class athletes, including Kacey Bellamy, Meghan Duggan and Jocelyne Lamoureux,
“Any time, you have the opportunity to be a part of a USA Hockey event, it is a huge honor. My experience coaching at the U15 National Camp in St. Cloud recently was incredible. When Meghan asked me to run skills sessions for her, Kacey, and Jocelyn, I jumped at it.
It is not every day I have the chance to put my skates on with some of my best friends, and best hockey players in the world. Although the last time I skated with those three was likely as a player, they showed great respect for me as I coached them through my drills. That speaks volumes to their character. I had an absolute blast!”
Knowledgeable and gracious, Moore is keenly conscious of the road ahead. The beauty of Moore is that she is always able to maintain optimism and adequately prepare for any challenge, signs of a great leader.
While the acquisition of free agents remains a priority, Moore acknowledges that she is also working towards establishing a strong team culture, and creating a positive environment. Employing maturity and a willingness to learn, Moore’s dedication shines through,
“As the season approaches, there is a lot of work to be done, and so much to look forward to. To say there have been no challenges, would be inaccurate, but with each challenge comes a learning experience and opportunity to create a new piece of history.
My primary goal is to create the best environment and experience for my players – from coaching, to gear, to team chemistry, to filling the seats at games – this is what these women have always deserved, and my goal is to have it surpass their dreams of what they thought was possible for professional women’s hockey.”
As the Pride represents an exceptional milestone in her career, the presence of a pair of influential mentors promises that this shall be a labor of love. It is with great tribute that she acknowledges the positive impact of her parents.
Tracing back to her earliest roots, when the commitment of her parents served as the foundation for what became a lifelong obsession of the game, it sheds a remarkable and nostalgic light on how the love of the game was cultivated. Such a remarkable commitment from her parents during that formative time mirrors Moore’s current efforts with the Pride. Committed to creating a positive culture and empowering experience, Moore’s professionalism and acumen are poised to create the same meaningful impact with a new generation of players that shall take place with the Pride’s first puck drop.
“The two biggest people I have looked up to and who have provided me with encouragement in this role are my parents. My mom has always been a relentless supporter of me, and my aspirations, no matter how crazy they seem. She is the most positive woman I know, and has shown me that with every road block, there is a solution and a positive outlook on the situation.
My Dad is my hockey hero. He has been my #1 role model in my career, and especially in this position. I am so proud of how hard he has worked – from the time I was three years old and asked for hockey equipment for my fourth birthday – until now. He has volunteered his time and energy over the past twenty five years, not only to support me in my hockey endeavors, but to support every female hockey player he has ever met. He is selfless, and passionate, and I only hope that one day I can change as many lives through hockey as he has.”
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”