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Boston Pride name former NHL player Thomas Poeck head coach

Former National Hockey League (NHL) defenseman, Thomas Poeck has been named head coach of the Boston Pride, the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) announced on Friday.

Poeck will take over for Bobby Jay who led the Pride to the Isobel Cup in 2016 and the final this year. Poeck, who played 14 years professionally and totaled 122 games in the NHL, returns to the familiar Boston territory. The Austria native spent four years playing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst before beginning his professional career.

“It’s great to be back in the Boston area with my family, to have the privilege of coaching these talented woman, and to be part of an outstanding franchise like the Pride,” Poeck said in a NWHL press release. “I’ve had the chance to work with many excellent coaches over 14 years in the pros and believe I have a lot to offer these players. Together, we’re going to work hard to bring the Isobel Cup back to Boston.”

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Former Pride head coach Jay released a statement on Friday about the announcement.

“I will definitely miss coaching the Pride, but I believe in the National Women’s Hockey League and its players,” Jay said in a statement. “I will be an excited fan as the NWHL continues to grow! Lastly, I want to thank the fans in Boston for all the support they gave our team and the league.”

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