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ARRAL: NWHL NEWS: NWHL ANNOUNCES 2016 PRESEASON SERIES AGAINST TEAM RUSSIA

NWHLNWHL NEWS: NWHL ANNOUNCES 2016 PRESEASON SERIES AGAINST TEAM RUSSIA

Teams Will Also Face Boston College, Brock University in Preseason

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

New York, NYThe National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) today announced the details for the 2016 preseason games. Preseason begins on September 22nd and ends on October 2nd, less than one week before the start of the regular season.

The Russian National Team will play a five-game series against NWHL teams, with one game against the Boston Pride and two games against the New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale.

The full preseason schedule is as follows (all times Eastern):

Boston Pride at Boston College
Thursday, September 22nd, 7:00PM
Kelley Rink at Conte Forum

Boston Pride vs. Team Russia
Saturday, September 24th, 7:00PM
Warrior Ice Arena

New York Riveters vs. Team Russia
Sunday, September 25th, 4:30PM
Barnabas Health Hockey House at Prudential Center

Buffalo Beauts vs. Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Sunday, September 25th, 7:00PM
HARBORCENTER

New York Riveters vs. Team Russia
Monday, September 26th, 7:00PM
Mennen Arena in Morristown, NJ

Connecticut Whale vs. Team Russia
Tuesday, September 27th, 7:00PM
Northford Ice Pavilion

Connecticut Whale vs. Team Russia
Thursday, September 29th, 7:00PM
Northford Ice Pavilion

Buffalo Beauts at Brock University
Sunday, October 2nd, 2:15PM
Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catherines, ON

All preseason tickets are available for purchase for $5 on nwhl.zone/tickets. Season ticket holders can attend preseason games for free with tickets provided by the league via email.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – CONNECTICUT WHALE ANNOUNCES PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

NWHLNWHL NEWS: CONNECTICUT WHALE ANNOUNCES PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Signings Include Inaugural Season Riveters Players Celeste Brown and Elena Orlando

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Celeste Brown (NWHL)Northford, CTThe Connecticut Whale has signed their practice players for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Lisa Giovanelli announced Wednesday. Anya Battaglino (F/D), Laura Brennan (G), Celeste Brown (F), Shannon Doyle (D), Elena Orlando (D), and Jackie Raines (F) have agreed to practice player contracts.

“The Whale is very confident in the abilities of this group of players and firmly believe they will have no problems stepping into the lineup when called upon,” said Giovanelli. “As witnessed last season, the practice players play a huge role in the success of an NWHL team, and we expect this group to make huge contributions in our quest for the Isobel Cup.”

Shannon Doyle (NWHL)Returning to the Whale is inaugural season defenseman Shannon Doyle, who scored 5 points (2g, 3a) in 18 games. Anya Battaglino is also returning to Connecticut as a practice player after playing in 8 games with the team last season.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue to chase my dream,” said Battaglino. “Being a player that works hard day in and day out to see my team and the league improve is so important to me. I look forward to getting back on the ice and fighting to make my teammates better and to get called into a game.”

Elena Orlando (NWHL)Joining the Whale are Celeste Brown and Elena Orlando, who both played for the New York Riveters in 2015-16. Brown scored 4 assists in 18 games with New York. Orlando collected 1 assist in 17 games in the inaugural season.

New to Connecticut is forward Jackie Raines, who finished her collegiate career at Yale in 2015. In 101 games with the Bulldogs, Raines scored 66 points (37g, 29a), averaging over a point per game.

Goaltender Laura Brennan played in 32 games with Minnesota State between 2003-06 before moving to Quinnipiac for the 2006-07 season. Over her career, she collected a .886 SV%, 3.48 GAA, and a 10-39-7 record. Brennan attended Buffalo Free Agent Camp this summer.

The restricted free agency period began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and ended July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – BUFFALO BEAUTS ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Hayley Williams (NWHL)NWHL NEWS: BUFFALO BEAUTS ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Signings Include Inaugural Season Forward Williams & Free Agent Camp Attendees 

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYThe Buffalo Beauts have signed their practice players for the 2016-2017 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Thursday. Morgan Beikirch (F), Jacquie Greco (D), Kelsey Neumann (G), Kayla Parsons (D), Ashley Vesci (F), and Hayley Williams (F) have agreed to practice player contracts.

All six Beauts practice players attended the Buffalo Free Agent Camp in June. Returning to the Beauts is Hayley Williams, a member of the inaugural season team who posted 2 points (1g, 1a) in 17 games in 2015-16.

Vesci and Beikirch are both graduates of Robert Morris University. During her career at RMU, Vesci scored 12 goals and 14 assists in 96 games played. Beikirch netted 24 goals and 33 assists in 110 games played from 2005-2008.

Parsons, a Fairbanks, Alaska native, is a graduate of Norwich University, where she played 111 games and scored 68 points (16g, 52a). Greco skated in 124 games for Syracuse, where she collected 21 points (12g, 9a). Neumann played in net for SUNY Plattsburgh and Clarkson University during her college career.

The restricted free agency period began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and ended July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – NWHL RELEASES FULL 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

NWHLNWHL NEWS: NWHL RELEASES FULL 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Season Two Begins With Opening Weekend in Buffalo, NY

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

New York, NYThe National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) today announced the full 2016-17 regular season schedule.

The second season of the NWHL begins on October 7th, 2016 with Opening Weekend in Buffalo, NY. Regular season play will pause for all All-Star Weekend, which will be held on February 11-12th, 2017. The regular season concludes on April 16th, 2017, prior to the second annual Isobel Cup Playoffs.

Details and tickets for team home openers were released last Friday.

The dates, times, and locations for all 2016-17 season games can be found in the attached document. Tickets for all games are available now on nwhl.zone/tickets.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL – RIVETERS MOVE TO THE ROCK AS FREE AGENCY PERIOD CLOSES WITH FLURRY OF SIGNINGS

Prudential Center

NWHL NEWS: RIVETERS MOVE TO BARNABAS HEALTH HOCKEY HOUSE AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER

Official Practice Rink of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils Hosted Isobel Cup Final in March 2016

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL (All stories)

New York, NY — The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) today announced that the New York Riveters will call the Barnabas Health Hockey House at Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center home for the 2016-17 season.

“We’re very excited to make the move to Newark for our second season,” said Riveters General Manager Chad Wiseman. “The Barnabas Health Hockey House staff have been very welcoming and we’re excited to continue to grow our fan base into New Jersey.”

“The National Women’s Hockey League has done an amazing job showcasing its talented athletes and providing inspirational stories to hockey fans everywhere,” said Hugh Weber, president of Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils. “We are thrilled to welcome the Riveters to Newark and share a vision with the team and the league to grow the sport in our communities throughout New Jersey. Women’s hockey plays a critical role in the development of young athletes and we are excited to be an integral part of the movement.” Continue reading

ARRAL: LOTS OF NWHL PLAYERS SIGNED

NWHLNWHL NEWS: IVANA BILIC SIGNS WITH CONNECTICUT WHALE

Canadian Was Named 2015-16 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Northford, CT — Ivana Bilic has signed a contract with the Connecticut Whale for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Lisa Giovanelli announced Sunday. Bilic and the Whale agreed to terms on a one-year, $14,000 contract.

“Ivana is a solid defenseman who can block a lot of shots,” said Giovanelli. “She’s a great addition to our defensive core and will make our blue line even stronger.”

Bilic joins the NWHL on the last day of Free Agency from Bemidji State, where she played since 2012. The defenseman scored 61 points (13g, 48a) in 128 games. The Coquitlam, BC native attended the 2015-16 Hockey Canada Selection Camp. Continue reading

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – CORINNE BUIE SIGNS WITH BUFFALO BEAUTS

NWHL 2NWHL NEWS: CORINNE BUIE SIGNS WITH BUFFALO BEAUTS

Forward Played for the Boston Pride in Inaugural Season

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NY Corinne Buie has signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Tuesday. Buie and the Beauts agreed to terms on a one-year, $13,000 contract.

“Corinne comes to Buffalo after winning the Isobel Cup with Boston,” said Seiling. “She’s a proven winner that skates well, handles the puck, and knows how to compete.”

With the Boston Pride in 2015-16, Buie scoring 7 points (3g, 4a) in 18 games. She played in all four of the team’s playoff games, culminating in the first Isobel Cup championship win.

“I’m excited for what the second season of the NWHL will hold,” said Buie. “The first year was amazing, and it’s just going to get better. I’m really excited to be joining the Beauts in September. I’m looking forward to playing at the HarborCenter. It’s an awesome facility!”

Buie is the third player so far this offseason to sign with a team other than the one they played for in the inaugural season.

The restricted free agency began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and lasts until July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – SARAH CASORSO SIGNS WITH BUFFALO BEAUTS

NWHLNWHL NEWS: SARAH CASORSO SIGNS WITH BUFFALO BEAUTS

Defenseman is Attending Buffalo Free Agent Camp This Weekend

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYSarah Casorso has signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Saturday at the NWHL Free Agent Camp in Buffalo. Casorso and the Beauts agreed to terms on a one-year, $13,500 contract.

“I think this league is one of the best in the world,” said Casorso. “It’s been a goal of mine to play at the highest level I can and this will give me the best opportunity to do so. I’m excited to be a part of this, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and hopefully I’ll inspire younger girls to achieve their goals.”

Casorso played for the University of British Columbia from 2010-2015, collecting 66 points (21g, 45a) in 121 games played. The defenseman from Kelowna, BC was named a First Team Canada West All-Star and a First Team CIS All-Canadian after the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

The NWHL is currently holding the second Free Agent Camp of the offseason in Buffalo, NY, at HARBORCENTER. Alexa Gruschow signed with the New York Riveters after the first Free Agent Camp in Newark, NJ.

The restricted free agency began on April 1 and lasted until April 30. Free agency began May 1 and lasts until July 31. The 2016 NWHL Draft was on June 18.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – CRAIG MUNI NAMED CO-COACH OF BUFFALO BEAUTS

Craig MuniNWHL NEWS: CRAIG MUNI NAMED CO-COACH OF BUFFALO BEAUTS

NHL Veteran Played for Buffalo Sabres From 1993-96

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYCraig Muni, retired three-time NHL Stanley Cup champion, has been named Co-Coach of the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Saturday.

“Craig and I have coached together before when our sons played together,” said Seiling. “We have history and his wealth of knowledge from his playing career is something that will be invaluable to the Beauts this season.”

Muni played 819 games in the NHL over the course of his career, mainly with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and Buffalo Sabres. He won three Stanley Cups in 1987, 1988, and 1990, and retired from hockey in 1998. Muni is an active member of the Toronto and Buffalo NHL alumni groups and previously coached softball with the New Era Diamond Girls.

“I’m hoping to be able to work with the newer, younger players and help them with their development so they have a chance to aspire and achieve their goals, whatever they might be,” said Muni. “Whether those are Olympic teams, national teams, or something else, to be able to see those dreams to the end would be great.”

General Manager Ric Seiling will also hold the title of Co-Coach of the Beauts for the 2016-17 season.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF-SEASON VOLUME 9

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT –  The Stanley Cup Championship has been won, and now the leaders of the thirty NHL teams are beginning the hardest part of their jobs…drafting prospects, trading players and signing free agents. But there is a LOT more than that going on.

AHL NEWS

The Tucson Roadrunners it is.

On Saturday, the Arizona Coyotes christened their new AHL team ready to begin to play in the fall at the Tucson Convention Center. They named the team The Tucson Roadrunners, a very familiar name to several generations of hockey fans in the state of Arizona. You can read about it in two well-written stories, HERE and HERE

While the former Springfield Falcons will now be in Arizona, there’s a new sheriff in town. The new team in Springfield will be known as, The Springfield Thunderbirds.

Having a team in Springfield makes Bruce Landon, the long-time face of hockey in Springfield, happy, though his role has significantly changed.

“I obviously couldn’t be more pleased that hockey is going to be in Springfield this fall and for a long time to come, but I’m no longer involved in the day-to-day business. I really defer to Mr. (Paul) Picknelly and attorney Frank Fitzgerald, who really put this together. I’m a consultant now, and I helped them with some pieces of this, but for any comment on the franchise, it’s theirs, and I will be strictly consulting on hockey matters like I was last year,” Landon said.

The team has acquired Paul Thompson, re-signed Connor Brickley, and are coming off a ninety point season in Portland where they posted a 41-27-6-2 record.

“They had a very good season in Portland, were in the playoffs and Florida had a good year last year, so things are trending in the upward direction. This week is a busy week in our business, with the draft and free agency, so the roster will be a little more formed, but we should have a strong team this season.”

ON THE MOVE

The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) has four teams, and they held their draft last Saturday.  A few names of Connecticut interest were selected.

In that draft, there were a few names selected that could be of interest to Connecticut residents.

Sydney Daniels of Harvard, a former Westminster Prep (Simsbury) player, and the daughter of ex-Hartford Whaler, Scott “Chief” Daniels, was selected in the second round by the New York Riveters and its General Manager/Head Coach and former Hartford Wolf Pack forward, Chad Wiseman.

In the fifth round, the Connecticut Whale selected Quinnipiac University standout goaltender, Sydney Rossman, the ECACHL Goalie of the Year.

Former New York Rangers’ forward, Matthew Barnaby, has been named as an assistant coach with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Barnaby’s son, Matt Jr., has left Avon Old Farms to play for the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) where he will be coached by a former teammate of his father’s, Philippe Boucher. Joining him on the team will be Igor Larionev Jr.

The USNDTP that plays in the USHL could be renamed, “The Sons of Former NHL’ers.” Next year’s roster features eight players who are son’s of former NHL’ers and several with Connecticut connections.

Jack DeBoer, the son of the NHL San Jose Sharks’ head coach Peter Deboer, leaves Avon Old Farms to for USNDTP. Adam Samuelsson, the fourth and youngest child of Ulf Samuelsson, who was a one time Whaler favorite as well as an assistant coach with the Rangers, Wolf Pack, and Avon Old Farms goes as well. The youngest of the Samuelsson boys is Boston College-bound in two years. Mattias Samuelsson, no relation to Ulf, is the son of ex-New Haven Nighthawk, Kjell Samuelsson and he’s committed to attend the University of Michigan. While DJ King is the son of former Whaler and Springfield Indian, Derek King is another headed to the USNDTP.

Jack Barre (Greenwich/Salisbury Prep), who finished his four years at Dartmouth and was the team’s MVP, has signed an AHL deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

TRAVERSE CITY

The date for the annual Prospects Tournament has been released. The games will be played September 16-20. Playing in the tournament are the same eight teams as last season. The Detroit Red Wings are the host team while the Rangers, the St. Louis Blues, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Minnesota Wild, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Dallas Stars, and the Chicago Blackhawks make up the participants.

A complete schedule will be released at a later date.

UCONN HOME SCHEDULE

The Huskies announced their third season schedule as part of Hockey East. However, the times for the games are still being worked on as is the same for its entire 2016-17 schedule.

Oct 7 & 8 vs. Alabama-Huntsville
Oct. 21 vs. AIC
Nov. 18 vs. BU
Nov. 22 vs. BC
Nov. 26 vs. Sacred Heart
Dec. 3 vs. UMass-Lowell
Dec. 9 vs. UMass
Jan. 7 vs. Yale
Jan. 27 vs. Vermont
Feb. 4 vs. Merrimack
Feb. 8 vs. Providence
Feb. 17 vs. Northeastern
Feb. 25 vs. New Hampshire

UConn will also play some non-conference games on the road. The one’s they’re already committed to include:

Quinnipiac, Colgate, RIT, Ohio State (a two-game series), and another trip to the Desert Hockey Classic in Phoenix against Arizona State, St Cloud, and Brown.

Speaking of UConn, expect Cantlon’s Corner to have a feature story on an interview with Tage Thompson shortly.