Boston Pride's Loren Gabel named MVP of Premier Hockey Federation

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BOSTON — Scoring leader Loren Gabel of the Boston Pride has been named both the Premier Hockey Federation's most valuable player and its most outstanding player, the league announced on Thursday.

The PHF MVP award is voted on by the women's chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, while the most outstanding player award is chosen by members of the PHF Players' Association.

Gabel, a native of Kitchener, Ont., scored 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points in 22 games last season to lead the PHF in every offensive category. She helped the Boston Pride finish first overall with a record of 19-4-1.

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The 25-year-old forward, who was also named the PHF newcomer of the year and offensive player of the year, tied a pair of single-game records this season with a six-point performance in a 7-5 win over Buffalo and a four-goal outburst in a 5-0 victory against Montreal.

She was held off the scoresheet just twice and missed an additional two games while playing for Canada’s national women’s team in November's Rivalry Series matchups against the United States. Gabel tallied three goals and one assist in three games with Team Canada.

Gabel signed a two-year contract with Boston last year after playing three seasons with the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association and four years at Clarkson University.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 27, 2023.

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