Yesterday, the NWHL released on twitter what the top-ten highest selling NWHL jerseys were. Unsurprisingly, especially in a 4-team league, the Boston Pride had two players in the list - Hilary Knight at #2 and Kelsie Fralick at #9. Today's Slapshot collected the league's tweet countdown.
Hilary Knight is sort of a no-brainer. She's the most famous American women's hockey player, probably. She gets featured on ESPN regularly. The only player in the league that's sold more jerseys is Japanese sensation Nana Fujimoto. Knight's fame is not unwarranted. She's been a big part of USA hockey for many years, and her play in the CWHL and NWHL has been exemplary. In three years with the Blades, she had 62 points in 43 regular season games and 18 points in 11 playoff games en route to 3 straight Clarkson Cup Finals - 2 wins and a loss. This year with the Boston Pride, she is second in the league (behind teammate Brianna Decker) with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) through 3 games. Her 2 goals are tied for 3rd in the league and her 3 assists only trail Kelli Stack. She's a great player on a great team in a great city, so what's not to like?
Our second Boston Pride player on the list is a little bit of a surprise, all things considered. Kelsie Fralick is not the primary goaltender for the Pride (Brittany Ott takes that crown running away) but she has been perfect in all 20 minutes against all 21 shots against her. As we've previously noted, she is also an alum of Connecticut College, which is why I am one of the people bumping her sales stats up. (Please sign my jersey with "GO CAMELS," Ms. Fralick.)
It's a little surprising that only two of the Pride made it onto the list, to be honest. Perhaps it's due to the team not having played a home game yet? Did you buy a Pride jersey? Who'd you get?