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NWHL Roster Recap: 10 weeks of signings

Rosters, notes, and news from around the league

Whale forward Grace Klienbach
Michelle Jay

After 10 weeks of free agency, 32 players have signed with NWHL teams for the league’s fifth season.

Only one player has signed in the last three weeks, a stark comparison to the first three weeks of free agency where 18 players signed. We also have not seen a single player disclose their salary since the first three weeks.

However, all of the team have held free agency camps recently are hosting them soon. The NWHL said the Minnesota Whitecaps would be holding off on any signings until their camp was done, so it’s reasonable to say that all five teams had the same idea.

Boston Pride

Forwards: 5 | Defenders: 5 | Goalies: 0 | Total: 10

Defender: Kaleigh Fratkin, Jenna Rheault, Lexi Bender, Mallory Souliotis, Lauren Kelly
Forward: Tori Sullivan, Christina Putigna, Lexie Laing, Mary Parker, Jillian Dempsey, McKenna Brand
Goaltender: n/a
Coach: Paul Mara
General Manager: Karilyn Pilch

The Pride added a general manager in Karilyn Pilch, after head coach Paul Mara spent the first bit as acting general manager. Pilch brings in a wealth of experience after time at Boston University as Director of Hockey Operations. They’re holding their free agency camp this weekend.

Buffalo Beauts

Forwards: 2 | Defenders: 0 | Goalies: 1 | Total: 3

Defender: n/a
Forward: Corinne Buie, Brooke Stacey
Goaltender: Mariah Fujimagari
Coach: Pete Perram
General Manager: Mandy Cronin

Buffalo is hosting a free agency camp this weekend at Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y. Could this be their new home rink? We should find out soon as the league said previously the season schedule should be announced at the end of July.

Connecticut Whale

Forwards: 2 | Defenders: 4 | Goalies: 0 | Total: 6

Defender: Shannon Doyle, Taylor Marchin, Elena Orlando, Jordan Brickner
Forward: Kendra Broad, Jane Morrisette, Grace Klienbach
Goaltender: n/a
Coach: n/a
General Manager: Bray Ketchum

The Whale signed the only player in the last three weeks in Klienbach. She’ll return to the Whale for her second season in the league.

The league announced this week the Whale will open the season at their new home in Danbury, Conn., hosting Buffalo on Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Metropolitan Riveters

Forwards: 2 | Defenders: 2 | Goalies: 0 | Total: 4

Defender: Colleen Murphy, Rebecca Morse
Forward: Madison Packer, Cailey Hutchison
Goaltender: n/a
Coach: n/a
General Manager: Kate Whitman-Annis

With the announcement of the Riveters first regular season game came the speculation of their new home rink. The Oct. 5 game against the Pride will be at ProSkate Ice Arena in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. While it was not announced as the permanent home rink, if it is, the team and league could risk losing their long time fan base as the new rink is about 30 to 40 miles from Barnabas and in a very different area of New Jersey. Of the three rinks the team has played it, it would be the most drastic move.

Minnesota Whitecaps

Forwards: 4 | Defenders: 2 | Goalies: 1 | Total: 7

Defender: Amanda Boulier, Lisa Martinson
Forward: Allie Thunstrom, Jonna Curtis, Nicole Schammel, Brooke White-Lancette
Goaltender: Amanda Leveille
Coach: Ronda Englehart, Jack Brodt
General Manager: Jack Brodt

The Whitecaps held their free agency camp last week, and per the NWHL a few weeks ago, we should see signings out of them shortly.