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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

National team, USA Hockey agree on deal; Team to play at world championships

The United State women’s national hockey team and USA Hockey have reached an agreement on a four-year deal that will result in the Americans playing in the IIHF world championship tournament beginning Friday in Plymouth, Michigan. On March 15, the American players threatened to boycott the world championship tournament if a new deal couldn’t beContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Knight, Carpenter help Boston end the season for Connecticut in 8-2 rout

Hilary Knight and Alex Carpenter each had two goals as the defending National Women’s Hockey League champion Boston Pride moved into the Isobel Cup championship game for the second straight year with a dominating 8-2 win over Connecticut Pride on Thursday night at Warrior Arena in Boston. Carpenter had the first two goals of theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Connecticut can’t hold four-goal lead in overtime loss to New York

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 19 – During the National Women’s Hockey League’s All-Star break, the Connecticut Whale added some offensive power with the addition of Zoe Hickel, a forward from Boston. Hickel scored a goal on her first shift for the Whale. Perhaps the Whale should upgrade the defense, too. Connecticut coughed up a four-goal leadContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Whale trade No. 1 pick in 2017 draft for Boston forward Zoe Hickel

The Connecticut Whale have acquired another U.S. national team player. The Whale shipped their 2017 first round pick and future considerations to Boston for forward Zoe Hickel on Tuesday. Hickel, 24, is a member of the U.S. national team along with Connecticut’s Kelli Stack, Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno. Hickel has scored one goal withContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Skarupa’s three goals not enough as Boston again dominates Whale

NORTH BRANFORD, Jan. 27 – For two periods, the Boston Pride looked unbeatable on Friday night. The defending National Women’s Hockey League champions were quicker to the puck and passed the puck with an impressive crispness. Twice, the undefeated Pride built a seven-goal lead before Connecticut made the score respectable with four third period goalsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Two late power play goals lift Buffalo past Connecticut

NORTH BRANFORD, Jan. 7 – The Connecticut Whale have had little success in scoring on the power play in the first nine games of the National Women’s Hockey League season. The Whale were an anemic two-of-27 on the power play. On Saturday night, the Whale showed some improvement. They received a shorthanded goal from MeaganContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Whale sign forward Meghan Huertas; Players eligible for attendance bonuses

After losing two players who left the league in December, the Connecticut Whale have signed forward Meghan Huertas for the remainder of the season. Defender and team captain Molly Engstrom, 33, left the team after Connecticut’s final game in December. A two-time U.S. Olympic player, Engstrom will be joining a team in Sweden that tried toContinue ReadingContinue Reading

New York shuts out short-handed Connecticut, 2-0 in NWHL play

NORTH BRANFORD, Dec. 18 – This was an opportunity for many of the players on the Connecticut Whale Sunday. The Whale were missing five players including four of their top scorers for Sunday’s National Women’s Hockey League contest with New York. Kelli Stack, Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno were unavailable because they are playing with theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Bilic is first player from Connecticut Whale to depart over salary reductions

A second player in the National Women’s Hockey League has decided to leave the league after the league cut salaries for the players. The NWHL announced Monday that Connecticut Whale rookie Ivana Bilic, 22, has left the league. She played in final two games for the Whale over the weekend. Bilic had two assists inContinue ReadingContinue Reading