Blake Bolden is the first black hockey player to compete in the National Women’s Hockey League and winner of the 2015 Clarkson Cup with the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she began her career at a young age when she played in the minor youth hockey team for the Cleveland Barons and the Ohio Flames. Blake participated in the first U18 World Championship for Team USA where she won Gold two years in a row. She ended her senior year at Boston College with three Frozen Four appearances earning her Hockey East Defensive Player of the Year and All American Honors. Throughout her career she has received several honors including winning the inaugural Isobel Cup in 2016, becoming the first black player drafted in the first round of the CWHL, and being awarded the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year. 29-year-old Blake currently resides in San Diego, California, and spends her off-season time mentoring girls around the country on mental skills, goal setting, and nutrition.