1:05 pm: The Boston Pride have officially announced the signing, bringing Müller to the PHF.
12:09 pm: There have been rumblings of a major news drop in women’s hockey over the past few days, and it appears we have some clarity this morning. The Athletic’s Hailey Salvian confirmed reports that the PHF’s Boston Pride have signed Swiss forward Alina Müller, arguably the best European forward in the sport, to a one-year contract.
Müller’s career resume is impressive in its own right, but when you consider the 25-year-old hasn’t even made her North American professional debut yet, it becomes even more jaw-dropping. After recording 60 points and a staggering +45 rating in 38 points in her fifth and final season with Northeastern University this year, though, she’s ready to make her splash in North American pro hockey.
She’s already made three Olympic appearances, cracking Switzerland’s roster as a 16-year-old in 2014. With three points in six games, she provided a key depth role as Switzerland took home the bronze medal at that year’s tournament. The Swiss haven’t medalled at the Olympics since, but she’s recorded well over a point per game at both tournaments.
Müller was also named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the top women’s collegiate player, in all of her five seasons at Northeastern. She wraps up her career there with 98 goals, 156 assists, and 254 points in 159 games, a 1.60 points-per-game pace.
She joins a Pride team hungry to rebound after losing in the PHF’s semifinal round last season. The Pride captured back-to-back championships in 2021 and 2022, making it three total championships for the team since the league’s inception. They’ll be a much different-looking squad next season, though, especially without the services of Rookie of the Year netminder Corinne Schroeder, who posted a 19-1-0 record and a .955 save percentage in 22 games. She’s rumored to have signed a contract in free agency with the second-year Montreal Force.