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ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – MEAGAN MANGENE SIGNS WITH CT WHALE

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NWHL NEWS: MEAGAN MANGENE SIGNS WITH CT WHALE

Mangene Was a Practice Player With Boston Pride in 2015-16

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Northford, CT — Meagan Mangene has signed a contract with the Connecticut Whale for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Lisa Giovanelli announced Thursday. Mangene and the Whale agreed to terms on a one-year, $12,000 contract.

“Last season was an amazing experience, and I am very thankful to have been a part of the Boston Pride,” said Mangene. “I am excited to transition into a bigger role with the Whale and am looking forward to the second season of the NWHL.”

Mangene played in 7 games with the Boston Pride as a practice player last season, where she scored one assist. She previously played for Boston College, where she served as co-captain her senior year in 2013-14. Mangene is the second practice player from the inaugural season to transition to a rostered role.

“The Whale coaching staff is excited to add Meagan Mangene to our lineup,” said Coach Heather Linstad. “She is a versatile player who can play defense or forward. She sees the ice very well and makes smart decisions with the puck.”

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.

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS SCORE AHL EXPERIENCE WITH PRAPAVESSIS

Matthew PrapavessisSWAMP RABBITS SCORE AHL EXPERIENCE WITH PRAPAVESSIS

Second-year defenseman signs with Greenville for the 2016-17 season

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team has signed defenseman Matthew Prapavessis for the 2016-17 season.

“It’s no secret having a strong defense is key to winning games and championships, and Matt’s addition will greatly help our team’s back line,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He’s a strong, two-way player who has quick feet and will spend some time on special teams as well.”

Prapavessis, 25, spent the majority of his rookie campaign last season with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, recording two points (1g, 1a) and 12 penalty minutes in 25 contests. He also played seven games with the Elmira Jackals and collected two assists and two penalty minutes. Prapavessis turned pro with Rochester near the end of the 2014-15 campaign and made 10 appearances following a four-year career at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota.

“After some really good talks with the coaches this summer, I was sold on the fact that this is where I wanted to play,” Prapavessis said, “My fiance and I also did a lot of research and were very impressed by the team, the city, and the affiliation with Hartford and New York. There’s no doubt Greenville will be a phenomenal place for us.”

While at Bemidji State, the Oakville, Ontario native served as a two-time captain and recorded 70 points (17g, 53a) in 150 career games. He earned WCHA All-Academic team honors in each of his final three seasons and closed out his senior campaign ranked first on the team and third among all WCHA defensemen in scoring. The 6’2, 201-pound blueliner was also named to the WCHA Second All-Star Team as a senior.

Prior to his collegiate career, Prapavessis spent one season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Lincoln Stars in 2010-11, where he led all team defensemen with 34 points (10g, 12) in 48 games.

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ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – RIVETERS ADD KOREAN NATIONAL TEAM GOALTENDER SOJUNG SHIN

NWHLNWHL NEWS: RIVETERS ADD KOREAN NATIONAL TEAM GOALTENDER SOJUNG SHIN

Shin is Preparing for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL 

New York, NY — Sojung Shin has signed a contract with the New York Riveters for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Chad Wiseman announced Wednesday. Shin and the Riveters agreed to terms on a one-year, $13,500 contract.

“I heard the NWHL is one of best league in the world,” said Shin. “I think the NWHL would give me a chance to develop for 2018 Olympics. I’m honored to be part of New York Riveters team and excited to play in the NWHL for next season!”

Shin played collegiately in the CIS at St. Francis Xavier University, where she collected 37 wins, a 1.46 GAA, and a .944 SV% in three seasons. She was named MVP of the women’s hockey team at St. Francis in 2015.

Shin has participated and medaled in seven IIHF World Championships (Division II/III) since age 14, earning a 1.33 GAA and .954 SV%. She was named Best Player of the tournament six times, most recently in 2016. Shin has also played for the South Korean National Team at two Asian Winter Games, two IIHF Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia tournaments, and the 2014 Olympic Games qualification round.

“Sojung is a talented goaltender and a great teammate,” said Rebecca Ruegsegger Baker, Riveters Head Goaltending Coach and South Korean National Team goaltending consultant. “We are excited for her to join the Riveters organization and have the opportunity to compete against the top players in the world in preparation for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.”

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 – 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 – RIVETERS HIRE REBECCA RUEGSEGGER BAKER AS GOALTENDING COACH

Riveters Hire Rebecca Ruegsegger Baker As Goaltending Coach

Coach is a Consultant for the South Korean National Hockey Team

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BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

New York, NY — The New York Riveters have hired Rebecca Ruegsegger Baker as Head Goaltending Coach for the 2016-17 season; General Manger Chad Wiseman announced Monday.

“Rebecca’s past playing experience and recent coaching experience at St. Cloud, along with a great attitude and true passion for the game makes her a perfect fit for the Riveters organization,” said Wiseman.

Ruegsegger Baker was a member of the USA Hockey U-18 gold medal team at the IIHF World Championship in Calgary in 2008. She then played for the University of Wisconsin, winning a NCAA National Championship in 2011. For the last two years, Ruegsegger Baker has worked with the St. Cloud women’s hockey team and is a consultant for the South Korean National Hockey Team.

“I am excited and honored to work with the Riveters to give these women opportunities to play after college and continue to develop as goaltenders and people,” said Ruegsegger Baker.

The New York Riveters previously announced the hiring of Sis Paulsen as Assistant Coach for the 2016-17 season.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – MICAELA LONG SIGNS WITH CT WHALE

Micaela Long Signs With Connecticut Whale

Forward Tied for Second on Team in 2015-16 Playoff Scoring

LongBY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Northford, CT — Micaela Long has signed a contract with the Connecticut Whale for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Lisa Giovanelli announced Monday. Long and the Whale agreed to terms on a one-year, $13,500 contract.
“The coaching staff is very excited to have Micaela returning to the Whale,” said Head Coach Heather Linstad. “Micaela has a very good hockey IQ and plays well at both ends of the ice.

She is a strong penalty killer with good speed, size, and the willingness to block a shot. In addition, she brings a great attitude to the rink and locker room.”

Long scored 10 points (3g, 7a) in 17 games with the Whale last season. Her two assists in the Isobel Cup playoffs tied her for second on the team.

“I am thrilled to be playing for the Whale again this season,” said Long. “Last year was a huge success and I’m excited to see what is in store for year two. I’m so happy to continue playing the game I love and to do it in front of our incredible fans! I know we are all looking forward to October.”

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.

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF-SEASON WEEK 10

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – This past week and the week ahead are perhaps the business and maybe even the most important couple of weeks for teams in the National Hockey League. It’s not an exaggeration to say that many times Championships are won and lost as the General Managers build their respective teams and their farm system during this time frame. Continue reading