by Madelyn McAteer
Former Northeastern captain Paige Capistran is very familiar with winning Hockey East titles, having won three during her time as a Husky, but now she looks to conquer a different trophy – the NWHL Isobel Cup.
Prior to being drafted to the Boston Pride in the 2020 NWHL draft, the defenseman spent 4 years with the Northeastern women’s hockey program, playing in 145 games for the red and black. She was also named the Hockey East Sportsmanship Award winner after her senior season in 2019-20.
Currently, Capistran is in Lake Placid with the Pride for the 2021 NHWL season which kicked off on January 23.
The first-year pro gives Hockey East an inside look at her experience in “The Wubble.” Follow Hockey East on Instagram at @hockey_east to stay up to date with Paige’s 2021 NWHL season experience as she takes over the account on Tuesday! But first, let’s get to know Paige:
Q: How would you describe your experience as a Northeastern hockey player?
A: Playing for Northeastern was a dream come true. Northeastern was the perfect fit for me and I will always cherish the memories and friendships I made in Matthews Arena. Being named team captain my senior year was the biggest honor I’ve ever received, and I never took it for granted. I believe there’s nothing like putting on a Northeastern jersey. I am so proud to say that I am a Northeastern Husky.
Q: What was it like to win 3 Hockey East titles with Northeastern?
A: Thinking about my team winning three Hockey East Championships still gives me chills. Each championship was different and special in their own way. From winning Northeastern’s first title, to beating BC in overtime, to dominating UConn senior year… winning Hockey East really never gets old.
Q: What is your all-time favorite hockey memory?
A: I don’t have just one favorite hockey memory but winning the 2020 Beanpot Championship in double OT against Boston University will always be one of my favorites! It was the first beanpot Northeastern won since 2013 and winning it my senior year made it extra special!
Q: What inspired you to peruse a professional hockey career?
A: I wanted to play professionally because I didn’t want to be done playing hockey after college. I heard great things about the Boston Pride and wanted to be part of the amazing organization.
Q: What has you experience with the Boston Pride been like so far?
A: So far my experience with the Boston Pride has been great! My teammates have been so welcoming and going to the rink is always the best part of my week. I am so happy and thankful to The Boston Pride for giving me this opportunity.
Q: What has your life been like leading up to the NWHL Bubble?
A: This season will definitely be one for the books! My team has been practicing together since September and I’ve been getting more anxious and excited as the days to the NWHL are getting closer. I think the whole team is just excited to finally play games.
Rapid Fire Round:
- Favorite athlete: Aaron Judge
- Go-to pump up song: Anything country, Billy Joel, or the Eagles
- Favorite pregame: Curly Spaghetti
- Favorite sport other than hockey: Baseball
- Favorite movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Favorite ice cream flavor: Graham Cracker from Goldenrod Drive-In in Manchester, NH
- Morning person or night owl: Both
- Cat or dog person: Husky
- Favorite quote: “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do” -Derek Jeter