(News4usonline) – Los Angeles Kings professional scout and growth and inclusion specialist Blake Bolden has done a lot not only for the game of hockey but also for minorities. She has become the second-ever National Hockey League female scout behind Cami Granato.
Bolden grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and played minor youth hockey for the Cleveland Barons and Ohio Flames. Later in her life, she went to Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York, and at the same time, she played for Team USA in the first U18 World Championship; she won the gold medal in both the 2008 and 2009 tournaments.Embed from Getty Images
At Boston College, Bolden made three NCAA Women’s Frozen Four appearances, earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Year and All American Honors and served as team captain her senior year.
After graduation, Bolden joined the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). She won the Clarkson Cup with them in 2015.
In 2016, Bolden joined the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). She played two seasons for the Pride and won the inaugural Isobel Cup in her first season with them.
Bolden also appeared in two NWHL All-Star Games before going to Switzerland to play for HC Lugano in 2018 where she recorded 28 points in 20 games for the club.
One year later, Bolden returned to the NWHL as a member of the Buffalo Beauts. She reclaimed her hardest shot title at the 2019 NWHL All-Star Skills Competition while being awarded as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Bolden is known as the “Jackie Robinson of Women’s hockey” being the first Black player drafted in the first round of the CWHL draft and the first such player in the NWHL.
Currently a Southern California resident, Bolden took up her current position with the Kings in 2020. She takes her passion to diversify the game of hockey by using her platform to shed light, share stories and inspire the next generation.
Bolden has been seen in features and magazines such as Sports Illustrated’s “The Unrelenting-most powerful, influential and outstanding women in sports”, alongside other female athletes like Serena Williams, Simone Biles and Billie Jean King.
She also aims to make herself visible especially to Black and brown youth. She dabbled into sports broadcasting with NHL Network, NBC Sports and Sportsnet Canada as an analyst; she and so many of her female colleagues believe, “If you can see it, you can be it.”
Bolden loves working with girls all over the country specializing in mental skills, goal setting and nutrition. She uses her mentorship program powered by Play-It-Again Sports.
Diversity is what every sport, especially hockey, needs today. Any human can become an elite athlete, no matter what gender someone classifies themself as or what color their skin is.
Blake Bolden lives by the motto as shown on her website, “Be True, Be You, Be Bold”. If everyone lives by that motto, the world would become a better place and sports would be a lot more diverse than they are currently today.
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