Coaching & Hockey Operations

General Manager Jessica Martino

“Jessica Martino is a former stay-at-home defenseman for the Boston College Eagles, appearing in the Frozen Four three times. She graduated Cum Laude from Boston College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Sociology, concentrating in Community Advocacy and Social Policy. Martino continued her hockey career from 2012-2014 for the Memmingen Indians in the Bundeisliga, transitioning from her defensive role to a leading scorer. She officially retired from hockey in 2014.

Since then, Martino took some time away from the hockey arena and put on a pair of running shoes, completing the Boston Marathon in 2015 for Camp Shriver, an inclusive summer sports camp for children with and without developmental disabilities from low-income families in Boston, a program that she is very passionate about.

Professionally, Martino started her career working in Public Health Research with a focus on health, wellness, and nutrition. Currently, Martino is completing her graduate studies in a joint academic program between the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and Simmons College for her Masters of Science in Nutrition and the credentials to become a Registered Dietitian. She also works part-time in the Food Services and Nutrition Department at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA, and is excited about re-entering the hockey arena as GM of the Boston Blades.”

Head Coach Casey Brugman

Casey Brugman, an account representative at Flagship Merchant Services, is also the head coach of the Boston Blades. He’s been in coaching roles since 2010 and has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for Winthrop High School. He has professional experience as a player in Europe for two years and one year with the Columbus Cottonmouth in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

“Coaching has always been a lifetime dream. I have always had the coaching mentality. Even when I was playing I knew I wanted to coach. I bring a unique style to the table with hard working, puck moving, and strong skating playing in all 3 zones. This is my first year coaching females so I am very excited for this new experience,” Brugman stated.

Brugman is also a co-founder of Hotshot Academy, a sports camp for kids throughout New England starting at age 4 all the way until high school with the aim to teach hockey fundamentals and help kids further develop their game. His biggest goal is to one-day coach at hockey’s highest level.

“My team will play with passion and heart. What we lack we will make up for in other ways. We will be very competitive this year because I believe in each one of them… my only concern is making these girls not only better hockey players but better people in the long run,” he concluded.

Assistant CoachMark Bates

Mark Bates, an Energy Analyst for the Energy & Sustainability Department at Northeastern University, has been coaching in multiple facets for the past 12 years. He has coached men’s and women’s club hockey, and has done video/analytic work for both men’s and women’s varsity hockey teams at Northeastern University. For the past two seasons, Bates has monitored games for NHL.TV, and has done play-by-play for women’s hockey for over 7 years. He’s excited for the opportunity to be a part of the CWHL and Boston Blades staff.

“I’ve been a paying customer for years, going back to the days of Angela Ruggiero, Karen Thatcher, and Caitlin Cahow. This has been one of the more successful franchises in CWHL history and I hope I can do my part to get this program back competing for the Clarkson Cup,” Bates stated.

Bates believes in his ability to get his players to play confidently and comfortably on the ice. He wants his players to gain an understanding of their strengths and use them well.

“Being comfortable, in my opinion, means that the player knows what is expected of them and providing them with the guidance to meet those expectations. I believe in simplification. Usually the best play to make is the easiest available option,” he concluded.

Goalie CoachBen Bradley

Ben Bradley is a native of Newburyport MA, and played hockey at the Pingree School, where he was voted to the All-New England team. He would go on to play college hockey at Salve Regina University, and Bryant University, the latter he left while holding two school records. After finishing up his college career, Bradley became the Goalie Coach for the Roger Williams Men’s Hockey team for 3 seasons. Now in his first season as Goaltending Coach with The Blades, Bradley currently resides in Charlestown with his wife Katherine and their dog Rory.