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Bruins, Boston Pride partner to grow the women’s game and create an academy for girls

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us, and we appreciate the support from the Bruins."

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Boston Pride celebrate during a game in Boston on Oct. 13, 2018. –Photo by Michelle Jay

The Bruins have partnered with the Boston Pride, of the National Women’s Hockey League, to help grow the women’s game in Massachusetts and New England.

The Bruins, the fourth NHL team to partner with an NWHL club, will also “assist the Pride financially,’’ according to a team press release. In a Pride press release, NWHL deputy commissioner Hayley Moore thanked the Bruins for supporting the Pride’s marketing and player development efforts, and hoped to collaborate on “meaningful youth hockey initiatives.’’

Notably: A girls’ learn-to-play academy, in which Pride players will help tutor female first-timers ages 4 through 10. Similar to the Bruins’ popular program launched in 2014, attendees will get equipment, fitting, and four weeks of instruction for a $100 fee. Registration opens Jan. 21. The program begins in March at five rinks: Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Phillips Academy Rink in Andover, Bog Ice Arena in Duxbury, Murphy Rink in South Boston, and Veterans Memorial Rink in Waltham.

Katie Burt and the Pride are tied atop the NWHL standings. —Michelle Jay/NWHL