Los Angeles Kings Pro Scout Blake Bolden Comes From A Place Of 'Yes'

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At 30 years old, Blake Bolden's relentless determination and positivity has made her a powerful voice in the hockey world.
Pro scout Blake Bolden of the Los Angeles Kings. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images) NHLI via Getty Images

A trailblazer in the hockey world, Blake Bolden's personal slogan is a play on her last name: Be Bold.

With that attitude, she's constantly breaking down barriers and seeking new challenges.

In January of 2020, Bolden became the NHL's first Black female pro scout when she joined the staff of the Los Angeles Kings. Before that, she was the first Black woman to play pro hockey when she joined the NWHL's Boston Pride in 2015.

Last month, Bolden became the first woman's player with a signature stick line.

She also knocked it out of the park as a rookie broadcast analyst for the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association's February Dream Gap Tour showcase game at Madison Square Garden.

"MSG is such a historical, global venue," Bolden said. "That was my first time being in that building, and I got to do something as cool as being an analyst next to Kenny Albert. That was a career highlight for me."

The invitation to contribute came via Mary-Kay Messier, the vice-president of marketing for Bauer Hockey who's now a senior advisor for the PWHPA.

"I just feel like so many things in my life come together through an opportunity," Bolden said. "I have to sit there and I have to think, 'Does this scare me? Does this make me uncomfortable?'"

If the answer is yes, she's in.

In her broadcast debut, Bolden drew from her familiarity with the players on the ice. Last year, she was part of the PWHPA, skating in the first Dream Gap Tour. Many of this year's players were also her teammates or opponents during her four years at Boston College, two seasons in the now-defunct Canadian Women's Hockey League, three years in the NWHL and one year in Switzerland.

"Probably half of those girls, I have played against or with in my career," she said.

"A lot of them were questioning why I wasn't on the ice with them. I just had a different vantage point."

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