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Could Burnaby hockey player Kaleigh Fratkin end up with a new PWHL team?

Fratkin played for Boston during the PWHL's inaugural season.
Burnaby's Kaleigh Fratkin (right) skates behind the net for PWHL Boston at home against Minnesota on Jan. 27, 2024.

Burnaby's Kaleigh Fratkin could be continuing her hockey career somewhere else next season. 

Fratkin, 32, played for Boston during the PWHL's inaugural campaign last season but now may be searching for a new place to call home. 

The PWHLPA confirmed Fratkin was not resigned during the league's exclusive re-signing window, meaning she is now free to speak to other teams in hopes of getting a new contract. 

Of the 75 notable free agents, Fratkin led all players in free agent time on ice, clocking in at 17:52 minutes per game. 

In 24 regular season games played, the Burnaby defender had two goals and one assist and was a plus-five (+5) rating. She also tallied 26 penalty minutes. 

Boston would ultimately play for the PWHL championship and Walter Cup, with Fratkin being a major reason why. 

The 2010 Burnaby Central Secondary grad scored the game-winning goal in Boston's final regular-season tilt on May 4 against Montreal. The team needed to win in regulation to clinch a playoff berth.

Her rocket from the blue-line broke the 3-3 deadlock with 80 seconds left and nearly two minutes after a goal by Montreal's Marie-Philip Poulin evened the score.

But her postseason stats weren't as stellar with no points in eight games, a minus-three (-3) rating and eight penalty minutes. 

Fratkin has called Boston home for more than a decade, having played six seasons with the former Boston Pride of the debunked Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) where she won two Isobel Cups

She began her pro career in 2014 for the Boston Blades of the former Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL).

Before reaching those ranks, Fratkin played four years at Boston University.

- with files from Kyle Balzer, Burnaby NOW