One thousand, five hundred and sixty-two pounds. At six ounces per puck, and 16 ounces per pound, that’s how much rubber Lovisa Selander kicked aside throughout her four-year stay at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The call came entirely out of the blue. Cydney Roesler was enjoying her off-season, preparing for another campaign patrolling the blueline for the Connecticut Whale, when coach Ryan Equale rang her up to propose something unorthodox: that Roesler, two years into her career in the NWHL, pull double duty as a player-coach for the Whale.
Alexa Gruschow had quite the season. From leading the NWHL in points wire-to-wire, to scoring the lone, spectacular goal in an epic Isobel Cup Final game that saw the Metropolitan Riveters win their first championship, to winning the NWHL MVP as voted on by her peers – she certainly earned the nickname that I gave her during the first month of the season: Alexa The Great.