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Avon native Ben Smith preparing for third season in Toronto

AVON – Avon native Ben Smith is preparing for the upcoming National Hockey League season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Smith, 28, signed a one-year deal with Toronto in May for $650,000. There was plenty of speculation at the time the agreement was announced in early May that the Maple Leafs signed Smith so heContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Ott makes 37 saves as undefeated Boston (9-0) blanks Connecticut, 4-0

NORTH BRANFORD, Jan. 15 – Boston Pride goalie Brittany Ott made 37 saves to register her league-leading third shutout of the season to lead the defending National Women’s Hockey League champion Pride to a 4-0 shutout over Connecticut at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Sunday. Jillian Dempsey had two goals for undefeated Boston (9-0) whileContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Babstock leads five players from Whale selected to play in NWHL All-Star Game

Five Connecticut Whale players have been selected to play in the upcoming National Women’s Hockey League All-Star game on February 12 in Pittsburgh. Kelly Babstock, the NWHL’s leading scorer with six goals, eight assists and 14 points, was named to the team by a select group of media that follow the league. Forwards Kelly StackContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Short-handed Whale host New York Sunday in Northford

It should be quite a challenge for the Connecticut Whale when the Whale host the New York Riveters at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday at the Northford Ice Pavilion in the final National Women’s Hockey League contest of 2016. Connecticut will be without four of their better players. Kelli Stack, Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno areContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Whale excite fans at home with dominating win over Buffalo

NORTHFORD, Conn., — The National Women’s Hockey League season began in October and the Connecticut Whale have played one third of their schedule. On Saturday night, the Whale finally played a game at their new home rink – the Northford Ice Pavilion in the Northford section of North Branford. Connecticut played with energy and passionContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Smith gets second goal of the year but Minnesota beats Maple Leafs, 3-2

TORONTO, Dec. 7 – Avon native Ben Smith scored his second goal of the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs but it wasn’t enough as the visiting Minnesota Wild beat the Maple Leafs Wednesday night, 3-2 at the Air Canada Centre. Minnesota (13-8-1) had a two-goal lead before Smith cut the lead to one whenContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Sacred Heart faces Mercyhurst in Atlantic Hockey game at AOF on Dec. 10

AVON – The late Jason Pagni played hockey at Avon Old Farms, graduating in 1990. He played on the first AOF team to win a New England championship in 1989. Pagni played two years of collegiate hockey at Quinnipiac University but over the next two decades, he made his mark in the hockey world. HeContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Defending champion Boston shuts out Connecticut, 3-0

BOSTON, Nov. 12 – The Boston Pride continued their mastery over the Connecticut Whale with a 3-0 decision in National Women’s Hockey League play Saturday night at the Warrior Ice Arena. The defending NWHL champion Pride (5-0) have beaten Connecticut in five consecutive games, dating back to last January. Boston goalie Brittany Ott remained undefeatedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon’s Ben Smith is back with Maple Leafs for a second time

Avon’s Ben Smith is back playing professional hockey on the East Coast. Smith, who began the season with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, is in Toronto for the second time in a year playing with the Maple Leafs. The Avalanche put Smith on waivers on Oct. 23 with the intention of sending him down to Colorado’sContinue ReadingContinue Reading

In front of sellout crowd, Whale pull away from New York for first win of year

NEWARK. N.J. – Molly Engstrom and Kelly Babstock scored second period goals and the National Women Hockey League’s leading scorer Haley Skarupa had two assists to lead the Connecticut Whale to their first NWHL victory of the season with a 4-2 win over the New York Riveters Sunday at the Prudential Center’s Barnabas Health HockeyContinue ReadingContinue Reading