As a veteran of 61 NWHL games shutdown defender Elena Orlando has seen it all heading into the league’s fifth season. She spent the inaugural season with the then-New York Riveters, but since then has been patrolling the blue line for the Connecticut Whale and has dedicated herself to bringing the Isobel Cup to her adopted home state.
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.
August 20, 2018– Cydney Roesler of the Connecticut Whale will wear two hats for her club in the upcoming season. In addition to being a defender, the 24-year-old Roesler will be an assistant coach for the Whale. Last year, she served as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, Quinnipiac University.
August 20, 2018– Sydney Rossman, who has spent the last five years in Connecticut as one of the top goaltenders in the ECAC while at Quinnipiac and as an all-star in her rookie NWHL season with the Whale, is returning home to Minnesota.
Part of the first draft class in the history of the Vanke Rays, one of two expansion teams from China gracing the ice in the CWHL, Emma Woods certainly emerged as a high value pick. Definitely, the Rays acquired a player in Woods with more than just a fundamentally sound game. Bringing a strong work ethic and a tremendous sense of pride in her work, Woods’ character is renowned among her teammates. Certainly, the dedication to hard work emanated from the fact that she was raised in a dairy farm outside Burford, Ontario.
At 2:49 into overtime of the CWHL Championship, Bobcat alumna Nicole Kosta '16 (Mississauga, Ontario) intercepted a breakout pass, transitioned to the net and fed a backhand pass to teammate Laura Stacey, who beat the Kunlun Red Star goaltender high over her glove to capture a 2-1 victory and the Markham Thunder's first-ever Clarkson Cup.
An old adage says, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." In this case, perhaps the story should be titled, "if you can't beat 'em, ask them to join you." On September 20, 2014, Quinnipiac defeated the Chinese Women's National Team 8-0 at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Kelly Babstock is from Mississauga, Ontario and played Division I hockey at Quinnipiac University. She remains the program leader in points (203), goals (95), assists (108), power play goals (19) and shorthanded goals (6). Babstock has been an integral part of the Connecticut Whale since the inaugural season and was voted into the NWHL All-Star Game last year. Babstock currently has 54 career points (28 goals and 26 assists) in three professional seasons.
Part of the Calgary Inferno’s 2017 draft class, the selection of Taryn Baumgardt has quickly paid positive dividends. Taken in the first round (fifth overall) Baumgardt is part of a blueline unit for the Inferno that consists of a combination of youth, including fellow draft pick Kelly Murray, plus experienced leadership, highlighted by Laura Dostaler, a member of the 2016 Clarkson Cup championship team.
Sometimes in hockey, the path you chose leads somewhere that you could have never imagined, which is one way to describe goalie Sydney Rossman’s path to the NWHL. Born in Excelsior, Minnesota she would leave the ‘State of Hockey’ for Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and her stellar play in goal for the Bobcats opened the eyes of those in the NWHL. The Connecticut Whale drafted Rossman late in the 2016 NWHL Draft (5th round/19th overall) and got themselves a helluva goaltender that maybe they wouldn’t have if she pursued playing goal back home in the Midwest.
Part of a magical time with the Quinnipiac Bobcats, enhanced by the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Sydney Rossman also rewrote many of the program’s goaltending records. Considering that the Bobcats compete in Hamden, Connecticut, the chance to extend her hockey career in nearby Stamford symbolized a great point of pride for the revered Rossman. Standing between the pipes for the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale, it actually represents the best of both worlds.
Connecticut Whale forward Kelly Babstock has been named NWHL Player of the Week after scoring a goal and adding 2 assists, and then scoring the lone shootout goal in the Whale’s 4-3 victory over the Boston Pride on Sunday.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was defeated by the Providence College Friars on Friday night, 3-1. The Bobcats scored with a Sarah-Eve Coutu-Godbout power play goal halfway through the 3rd period, but Providence had already amassed a 3-0 lead.
Selected in the first round of the 2017 CWHL Draft, Nicole Kosta is part of a new crop of offensive talent that shall bolster the lineup of the new-look Markham Thunder. Considering that renowned offensive talent Laura Stacey (the last first round pick in Brampton Thunder history) is part of Canada’s centralization in anticipation of the 2018 Winter Games, Kosta’s arrival will ease such a significant loss.
BROOKLYN, NY, May 18, 2017 – Defender Elena Orlando, a recipient of the 2016-17 NWHL Foundation Award, has re-signed with the Connecticut Whale for next season. This will be her second season with the Whale, after playing the NWHL’s inaugural season with the New York Riveters.
After finishing her college career at nearby Quinnipiac University with over 100 points, Nicole Connery is showing no signs of slowing down in the NWHL with nine points (3g-6a) over her first 11 pro games.
First to re-sign with the Connecticut Whale, Kelly Babstock was on a mission. Her Quinnipiac University friends and teammates were graduating in 2016, and she knew they would be ready to play professional hockey.
NEW YORK, NY. – The New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) added Kiira Dosdall (Vienna Sabres) and Morgan Fritz-Ward (Quinnipiac) to their roster, general manager Dani Rylan announced on Tuesday.
BROOKLYN, New York – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey junior forward Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) and junior goaltender Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minnesota) have been selected in the 2016 NWHL Draft on Saturday, June 18, 2016.