The National Women’s Hockey League franchise that was recently taken private by a local investor has hired the league’s deputy commissioner away to be team president.
Hayley Moore will leave the league offices to run the Boston Pride, team owner Miles Arnone announced. Moore, 33, was a former college and pro player who was the Pride’s general manager during the 2016 season in which the team won the Isobel Cup playoffs.
Moore becomes the third female president of a major professional hockey team in the United States, following in the footsteps of Marguerite Norris-Riker, who was president of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1950s, and Kim Pegula of the Buffalo Sabres.
“Hayley Moore is one of the most respected people in women’s hockey today and the Boston Pride organization is fortunate to have someone with her experience and strong business acumen serving as our top executive,” said Arnone, who acquired the club from the NWHL on September 17. “With her infectious enthusiasm, commitment to women’s hockey and her strong relationships in the community, with the staff and with the players, Hayley is the perfect person to lead the commercial and hockey operations of the Pride.”
The NWHL’s deputy commissioner and director of player development since May 2017, Moore was the league’s liaison to the five teams, overseeing staff appointments, player development, offseason contract signings and the draft. Moore built the NWHL’s relationships with national governing bodies and developed special events like Team NWHL’s two-game exhibition series in 2018 against the U.S. National Team before Team USA won the gold medal at the Olympics.
“I am proud to join this movement in Boston and beyond that am extremely grateful to the NWHL for creating a platform where women can hold positions of leadership in women’s sports,” Moore said. “I will never take that for granted and will work hard to make the Pride and league proud.”
A four-year player at Brown between 2004–2008, Moore played for the CWHL’s Boston Blades in 2010–2011 and was an assistant coach at Harvard from 2012–2014.
“This is a day of celebration for all of us in women’s hockey who know what Hayley Moore means to the game and understand what an extraordinary person, leader and friend she is,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan. “While Hayley is departing the league office, we are filled with joy because she is moving into a crucial position with our club in her hometown, with an ownership group that will collaborate with her in making a profound impact on professional women’s hockey.”