CWHL names Aronda Kirby new GM of Boston Blades

For immediate release
Friday, May 17, 2013


MISSISSAUGA, Ont. ??? The Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League is excited to announce that Aronda Kirby has been named the new general manager of the Boston Blades, the 2013 Clarkson Cup champions.

The 2013-14 season will mark Kirby?۪s second season with the Boston franchise, as she served as director of operations and game management for the 2012-13 season, coordinating everything from logistics to volunteers, and helping lead the Blades to their first-ever Clarkson Cup title, awarded annually to the team that wins the CWHL championship.

Kirby has a decade of experience working in hockey operations, including as director of Digit Murphy Hockey School based out of Providence, Rhode Island, where she has managed development camps for the community, high school leagues and elite players. She has also served as director of the Rhode Island IXpress hockey program, playing a pivotal role in creating Tier 1 competition for female players across the state.

???Aronda has already been instrumental in the success of the Boston Blades, making her a natural choice for our general manager,?۝ Boston Blades head coach Digit Murphy said. ???She is a fantastic addition to our team, and we look forward to learning more from the wealth of hockey knowledge and experience that she brings to our franchise.?۝

???I am extremely excited to take on my new role with the Boston Blades,?۝ Kirby said. ???We will carry the momentum of our Clarkson Cup success into the upcoming season, and work on honing our hockey skills, while becoming an even stronger team, both on and off the ice.?۝

Kirby is also a member of the Friends of the Boston Blades board of directors. The Boston Blades are one of five teams that compete in the Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League, along with the Alberta Hockey Club, the Brampton Thunder, the Montreal Stars and the Toronto Furies.

About the Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League (CWHL):
The CWHL is the most premier, professionally run women’s hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines. Since the CWHL?۪s inception in 2007, each hockey season has culminated in an exciting play-off round in which the top teams face off for the Clarkson Cup, named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson.

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