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Whale start offseason by bringing back Wohlfeiler

Veteran forward Alyssa Wohlfeiler is Connecticut’s first signing of the offseason

Michelle Jay

Wolfy is back for another year. The Connecticut Whale have kicked off their 2021 offseason by announcing the signing of veteran forward Alyssa Wohlfeiler.

Wohfeiler, 32, is coming off a brilliant performance in Lake Placid where she established herself as one of the best playmaking forwards in the league. She scored one goal and picked up four assists — three of which were primary — in four games for the Whale last season to lead the team in scoring. She also put 13 shots on net and picked up four of her five points at evens.

The Northeastern alumna began her NWHL career with the Whale in the league’s inaugural season in 2015-16 but spent the next two seasons playing in Sweden and Germany, respectively, before signing with the Boston Pride in 2019-20. Wohlfeiler piled up 16 points in 14 games as a depth forward on the Pride’s stacked roster in her return to the NWHL. She signed with the Whale on July 6, 2020, and immediately made an impact playing on the same line as Emma Vlasic in Lake Placid.

This is definitely a good first step towards rebuilding a Whale team that had fans buzzing with excitement last season. Although, according to a report by Dan Rice, it appears that assistant coach Laura Brennan is filling in as interim general manager to ink players. Amy Scheer, the general manager of the Whale last season, may no longer be with the team. This is an interesting development considering the fact that the Whale were sold to private ownership on May 10. It looks like big changes are coming in Connecticut.