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18 years later, Jillian Dempsey still connected with Bruins – Boston Herald

There are several reasons the new partnership between the Bruins and Boston Pride makes a lot of sense, but none might be simpler than it was destined to be.

Jillian Dempsey, the Pride captain and NWHL’s third all-time leading scorer, has been connected to the Bruins long before last week’s announcement.

“The year was 2000, I was nine years old, and there was a newspaper contest,” said the Winthrop native. “I submitted a name. A ton of other kids probably did too. Mine got picked, they liked it, so I named him Blades.”

Yes, that Blades, the Bruins mascot.

Blades was on scene for the Pride’s 5-4 win over Minnesota last Saturday night, with a sellout crowd where more than 900 individual tickets were sold after season tickets.

The mascot was a part of the ceremonial puck drop, along with Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom and former Bruin Jay Miller.

Dempsey, as captain, took the faceoff.

“It’s funny now when people find out,” she said. “Whenever I see Blades, it’s like, ‘hey!’ It was just a random contest I happened to win.

“There was a whole event where they announced who won, the top 10 (contestants) were there (at a Bruins game). There was a follow-up game I could invite family and friends and we had a suite to watch the game.”

Dempsey went on to play for Harvard where she finished ninth in program history in points. Prior to that, she skated with the United States U-18 team, and played for the Rivers School in high school. In 2009, she was a winner of the Boston Bruins John Carlton Award, awarded to the top male and female hockey players in high school or juniors in the state.

Her hockey history began long before with the random chance to be connected to the Bruins forever.

“I remember thinking the name Blades, it was so great,” said Dempsey. “There’s a blade on the stick, and the skate. I was nine years old. Looking back it’s funny I came up with the name and it worked and it stuck.”

Now a professional hockey player in Boston, Dempsey’s carved her own path to having a legacy in pro hockey. She was named the Pride captain last season after the departure of eight players to the U.S. National team for the Olympics, and took over centering the top line.

The team’s offensive leader and a two-way forward, she’s essentially been the Pride’s backbone, especially with a lot of young players this season.

“It starts with leadership with players like Dempsey and (Gigi) Marvin,” said Pride head coach Paul Mara. “The veterans who have been here and have done all this, they’ve helped the rookies we’ve brought in.”

Maybe even more ironic than being a part of the Pride at the time they partnered with the Bruins, Dempsey played her first couple of professional seasons with the Canadian Women’s Hockey League with the Boston Blades (now in Worcester).

No matter what team she plays for, it seems the name follows Dempsey.

“We won the (Clarkson) Cup in the second year of the CW, it’s funny how it all connects.”

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