Watch Olympics Women’s Hockey on Feb. 11, find No. 6, She is Your Neighbor

February 2, 2018


by Len Lathrop

Kali Flanagan, a 22-year-old defensive player, who lives in Hudson with her dad, Bill, and stepmom, Debbie, left Wednesday morning for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

It is easy to find the Flanagan’s house in their neighborhood, it has the Olympic flag flying, and on the garage door is a 4-foot by 5-foot sign with the Olympic rings and the number 6 and the name Flanagan on it.

Skating since she was 3 she played with the boys until age 15, when Kali started on the girls’ teams. She played in high school for three seasons at the National Sports Academy (Lake Placid, N.Y.), and was two-time captain of the National Sports Academy Girls’ Hockey team. She is currently a junior at Boston College on a one-year hiatus to play with the USA Hockey team. At BC she was part of the Eagles’ defense that set a new program record with 14 shutouts during her sophomore season.

Flanagan has played three seasons at Boston College (HEA) Junior (2016-2017), earned Hockey East Honorable Mention accolades, notched 19 points in 39 games, sophomore (2015-2016) recorded 24 points (6-18) in 41 games while posting a +38 rating, part of the Eagles’ defense that set a new program record with 14 shutouts, tied for a team-high 36 blocked shots. As a freshman (2014-2015), she scored three goals and six assists in 39 games.

At 22, Flanagan is one of the younger players on the squad. At Boston College she majors in Applied Psychology and Human Development with a minor in Biology, and currently wants to be a nurse. For fun, when not skating, she loves her dog Cooper, a wheaten terrier.

Dad, Bill, one of the owners of the Northern Cyclones in Hudson talked about watching his daughter play in the under-22 team in a Canadian series. Bill played as a collegiate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has coached Kali since she started on the ice at 3. With a tear in his eye he called this beyond amazing. He and Debbie will be traveling to South Korea to watch the games.

Team USA is competing in Group A alongside Canada, Finland, and Russia, and will open the competition Sunday, Feb. 11, against Finland. The game is scheduled to be on NBCSN and at 2:40 a.m.

The U.S. Women’s Olympic Team has participated in every Winter Olympic Games since the first-ever women’s ice hockey tournament in 1998. USA took home Gold at that tournament in Nagano, Japan in a gold-medal game thriller over the Canadians. Since 1998, the U.S. has won three silver medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006).