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Buffalo Signs Goaltender Mariah Fujimagari

Goaltender Mariah Fujimagari, an Ontario native who played four years at the University of Maine before one season of pro in Europe and one with the now-defunct CWHL, has signed her first NWHL contract with the Buffalo Beauts.

“My decision to play for the Buffalo Beauts, one of the NWHL founding teams, means a great deal to me,” said Fujimagari. “It has been a reassuring process with the exceptional management, led by GM Mandy Cronin. The conversations surrounding team culture and aspirations for the organization align with my vision, goals and core values of relentlessness, hard work, and respect.”

Fujimagari played four seasons with the Black Bears, appearing in 34 games and being named a captain in her senior year. Her first year of pro was in Slovakia in 2017-18 as the starting goaltender

for HC SKP Bratislava. Last season, with the Worcester Blades of the CWHL, she played in 16 games and saw over 500 shots.

“We are excited to have Mariah join the Beauts family next season,” said Cronin. “She is a workhorse on and off the ice, and her passion for life and hockey is infectious. The drive, dedication and experience that Mariah brings is indicative of the culture we are building in Buffalo.”

Besides playing professional hockey, Fujimagari has a career as a nutritionist and life coach.

“Buffalo is a wonderful city and community with passionate hockey fans. They deserve a championship team and I am looking forward to contributing in the pursuit of the Isobel Cup for Buffalo,” said Fujimagari. “I hope to create meaningful connections within the community and promote hockey for everyone.”

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)

Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters (2018 champions), and Minnesota Whitecaps (2019 champions). For more information, please visit NWHL.zone and follow the league on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NWHL.

NHL and Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative Announce Partnership



NHL Creates First Diversity and Inclusion Senior Leadership Council; and in Partnership with NHLPA Unveils Female Hockey Ambassador Program

NEW YORK / TORONTO – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) today announced a groundbreaking partnership at the inaugural Declaring our Principles – ADVANCING EQUITY: A Summit on Inclusion, which took place this morning at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. The Summit focused on advancing diversity and gender equality across hockey and showcased the League’s continued commitment to furthering these vital efforts.

The partnership between the NHL and BJKLI will support research, action, advocacy and collaboration with organizations that have a significant community impact. The relationship includes a commitment to continue to elevate the dialogue on diversity through Hockey is For Everyone™, an initiative led by the NHL and NHLPA, to promote inclusion on the ice, in locker rooms, boardrooms and the stands.

The Summit featured world-class speakers from sport and other industries, including NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Billie Jean King, Founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, discussing the importance of women to the growth of hockey, business and society. In attendance at the Summit were senior leaders from NHL clubs and other stakeholders across the sport.

“From the locker room to the board room, the National Hockey League understands that our future is linked to the continued development and promotion of women in all aspects of our sport. To further support the NHL’s commitment to equality, we have partnered with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to support programs that champion our diversity and inclusion efforts,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “We are also thrilled to announce our first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Senior Leadership Council, and in partnership with the NHLPA, the Female Hockey Ambassador Program, both of which are aimed at increasing the participation of girls and women in hockey at the grassroots level and within the workplace.”

“We are proud of BJKLI’s partnership with the NHL and our combined commitment to diversity, inclusion and above all ‘Advancing Equity’,” said Billie Jean King, Founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative. “Achieving equality is a long road but events and conversations like today pave the path forward. We are looking forward to a long-term and productive relationship with the NHL.”

            Diversity and Inclusion Senior Leadership Council

The NHL also announced today the creation of the League’s first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Senior Leadership Council, which will be co-chaired by Commissioner Bettman and Buffalo Sabres owner and President Kim Pegula. The Council will demonstrate the League’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusion and work to bring about internal change through workplace culture initiatives and employee engagement.

Female Hockey Ambassador Program

At the Summit, the NHL and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) through the Industry Growth Fund announced the creation of the Female Hockey Ambassador Program. The Female Hockey Ambassador Program, which is the first initiative born out of the NHL & NHLPA Female Hockey Advisory Committee created earlier this year, will provide NHL Clubs with funding and enhanced opportunities to use Female Hockey Ambassadors to serve as community liaisons and to execute grassroots marketing events, promotions and projects with a specific focus on girls and women. Female Hockey Ambassadors will be either current or former National Team members, or elite level players, coaches, or role models.

“The Committee is pleased that the NHL and NHLPA are implementing one of the Committee’s first recommendations to help increase female participation in hockey,” said Maria Dennis, Chair of the Female Hockey Advisory Committee. “The NHL/NHLPA Female Hockey Ambassador Program will enhance the opportunities for women hockey leaders to participate as ambassadors in NHL Club programs that are in place to grow the game. When young girls meet their role models and see first-hand what women can achieve in hockey, they will know there is no barrier for them participating in the sport as well.”

About the NHL

The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters, vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 670 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio; more than 151 million followers – league, team and player accounts combined – across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube; and more than 100 million fans online at NHL.com. The League broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN and the NHL Network™ in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viasat in the Nordic Region and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Fans are engaged across the League’s digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™; and on NHL.com, available in eight languages and featuring unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as every regular-season and playoff game box score dating back to the League’s inception, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to building healthy and vibrant communities through the sport of hockey by increasing youth participation and engagement; fostering positive family experiences; promoting inclusion, positive culture and leadership; and supporting sustainable community impact.

About the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI)

BJKLI is a non-profit endeavor founded in 2014 by social justice pioneer and sports icon Billie Jean King to promote equality and inclusion, inspire future leaders and motivate those in positions of power to challenge the status quo. Members of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative Advisory Board include: Billie Jean King, Co-founder; Ilana Kloss, Co-founder; Paul Keary, Co-founder and COO, Teneo Holdings; Pablo Salame, Former Global Co-Head, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs; Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN; Jason Collins, Former NBA Player and Civil Rights Advocate; David Furnish, Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation and CEO, Rocket Entertainment Group; Maritza Gomez-Montiel, Former Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO of Deloitte; Sir Elton John; Jonathan Kraft, President, The Kraft Group; Robert McCann, Chairman, UBS Group Americas; Pat Mitchell, Founder and CEO, POW! Strategies and Executive Producer of TEDWomen; Robin Roberts, Anchor, ABC’s Good Morning America; Michael Strautmanis, VP of Civic Engagement for the Obama Foundation; Serena Williams Professional Athlete & Entrepreneur, Venus Williams Professional Athlete & CEO/ Founder, EleVen and V Starr Interiors.

About the National Hockey League Players’ Association

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labour organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labour relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 19 years, more than 80,000 deserving children in 34 countries have benefited from the players’ donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $24 million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit www.nhlpa.com.

Comets Sign Player



Utica, N.Y. – Utica Comets General Manager Ryan Johnson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Stefan LeBlanc to a one-year AHL contract.

LeBlanc, 23, registered six points (0-6-6) in 26 games with the Comets last season after being acquired in a trade with the Toronto Marlies. In total, the defenseman played in 42 AHL games between Utica and Toronto, tallying 13 points (0-13-13). He also appeared in 26 games with the Newfoundland Growlers, picking up 15 points (3-12-15).

The Oakville, Ont. native has logged 124 total games between the AHL and ECHL, collecting 38 points (5-33-38).

Prior to turning pro, LeBlanc played five seasons in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves and Mississauga Steelheads where he notched 120 points (27-93-120) in 258 career games.

Fensore Looks Ahead To NHL Entry Draft



Domenick Fensore felt that being a teammate of projected 2019 number one draft pick, Jack Hughes, in the upcoming National Hockey League Draft worked to his advantage this past hockey season.

“To go against Hughes and all of the other guys on the team every day in practice, I knew it would make me better in the long run,” said the 17 year-old Fensore, a native of Thornwood, NY, who played this past season on the US U18 National Hockey Team. “It made me push myself and challenge myself everyday.”

While Fensore is considered a player who could go high in the Draft, at 5-7 and 154 pounds looks can be deceiving.

“There are guys playing NHL hockey right now that aren’t the biggest or tallest,” remarked the young defenseman, who has been playing hockey since he was four. “But they’re fearless and not afraid to go into corners.

“That’s my style of game. And I think I convinced many of the NHL teams during my interviews with them that I can make a contribution to their team.

“The game of hockey today is changing. More defenseman are puck moving and fearless. If you can move the puck and think fast, you can make it in the NHL today.”

Fensore bsegan playing organized hockey with the Westchester Express, Fairfield Jr. Rangers, the PAL Jr. Islanders and finally to the NTDP.

Did the defenseman’s game improve this past year with the NTDP?

“I think I grew all year long,” answered Fensore, who grew up in Westchester, NY.  “I think I started the year kind of slow.

“But as the year went on I kept playing my game and getting better in the gym and on the ice everyday.”

While growing up Fensore did play a couple of other sports.

“I played lacrosse and baseball,” said Fensore. “I stopped playing baseball when I went to the US National program two years ago.

“And I must admit that I do miss it.”

Fensore, who grew up a New York Rangers fan, was one of 10 players listed in the Top 29 prospects that could be drafted this year.

“I think there are so many people dedicated to the program to continually make it better,” remarked Fensore. “They work at getting each and every player better.

“And that’s the attitude of the players coming to the rink everyday and that is they want to be better everyday. We just want to get better and every practice and every game.”

Although he will be at the upcoming NHL Draft in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the defenseman admits that he will be watching the draft very closely.

“You want to see your teammates do well,” said Fensore. “I want to see each and everyone of my teammates who are eligible for the draft get taken in this draft.

“That’s what this is all about.”

Happy Father’s Day!


A Happy Father’s Day to all of those hockey dads out there. Have a great day. From the staff of NY Hockey OnLine.

Buie Returns With Beauts

Corinne Buie

Two-Time Isobel Cup Champion, Two-Time All-Star Corinne Buie is Back with the Buffalo Beauts

June 14, 2019 There has yet to be an NWHL season without Corinne Buie playing in the Isobel Cup Final. The outstanding forward will continue her drive for five Finals, becoming the first player to sign with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2019-20 season.

Wearing a letter on her jersey the past two seasons in Buffalo, Buie has established herself as a well- respected leader and veteran since the NWHL’s inception. She helped lift the Boston Pride to the first-ever Isobel Cup title in 2016, before scoring the championship-winning goal for the Beauts in the 2017 Cup Final to become the league’s first two-time champion. Since then, she helped lead Buffalo to two more Final appearances.

She’s 24-18-42 over 74 career games.

“I am so proud to have Corinne back for her fourth season in Buffalo,” said general manager Mandy Cronin. “She has been an integral part of the organization, and we are thrilled to have her wearing Beauts’ blue again.”

A native of Edina, Minnesota, she played her collegiate hockey at Providence, amassing 100 points (44-56-100) in 128 games for the Friars. After posting 24 points (11-13-24) and a career-best plus-17 rating in her freshman season, she was named a Hockey East All-Rookie selection.

Buie graduated from Edina High School, where she was a prolific multi-sport athlete, earning seven varsity letters and All-State honors in both hockey and soccer.

While playing for the Beauts, Buie works as a barista at Daily Planet Coffee in Buffalo. She is continuing her education and is pursuing a career in audio engineering.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)

Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters (2018 champions), and Minnesota Whitecaps (2019 champions). For more information, please visit NWHL.zone and follow the league on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NWHL.

Contact: Amanda Ghysel, NWHL amanda@nwhlhq.com photos by Michael Hetzel and Matthew Raney

“Buffalo has become like a second home to me, and I am very excited to continue my career as a Beaut,” said Buie.

In addition to her pair of Isobel Cups, Buie has been selected to play in a pair of All-Star Games – in Pittsburgh in 2017 and in Minnesota in 2018 – and represented Team NWHL in the two-game series against the U.S. National Team prior to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. In her three seasons as an integral part of Buffalo’s offense, Buie has 29 points (16-13-29) in 50 games.

(Photo by Janet Schultz)

Beauts Name Head Coach


Pete Perram Named Head Coach of Buffalo Beauts

Pete Perram, a respected coach with more than two decades of experience in women’s hockey at the international, club, collegiate and local level, has been named the new head coach of the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League.

“Pete Perram is the perfect person to lead our team in Buffalo,” said Beauts general manager Mandy Cronin, who was coached by Perram during her playing career. “I have first-hand experience with his team leadership and bench management. He is the kind of coach that you want to work hard for, day in and day out. With his relatability and wealth of experience, I know he will be highly respected by our players, staff and fans. We are thrilled to have him leading the way for the upcoming season.”

Perram was the head coach of Switzerland’s Women’s National Team between 1998 and 2001. During his tenure, the Swiss national team finished second at the Group B IIHF World Championships in Latvia in 2000.

After returning to his native Canada, Perram accepted a coaching position with the Senior AAA Durham TELUS Lightning team in Ajax, Ontario. He remained their head coach for six years. It was during that time in the now-defunct NWHL (unrelated to the current one) that Cronin, a goaltender, played for Perram. In addition, Perram was a coach mentor for the Etobicoke Dolphins Girls’ Hockey Association and coupled that experience with coaching their Intermediate AA program for two seasons. From 2009 to 2015, he was associate coach of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks women’s hockey team.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to coach the Buffalo Beauts and play my role in showcasing amazingly talented and dedicated hockey players,” said Perram. “I look forward to working with Mandy Cronin in taking this great organization to the next level of success and to provide incredible entertainment for hockey fans in Western New York.”

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)

Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters (2018 champions), and Minnesota Whitecaps (2019 champions). For more information, please visit NWHL.zone and follow the league on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NWHL.

(nwhl.zone photo)

Porter To Return To Amerks

Photo: Micheline V/ Rochester Americans


Amerks captain returns for fifth season in Rochester

(Rochester, NY) – Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with veteran forward Kevin Porter on a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2019-20 season.

Porter, 33, returns for his fifth season with the Amerks after finishing fourth among all Rochester forwards in assists (29) and seventh in points (39) in 58 games during the 2018-19 campaign. He also appeared in all three of the Amerks North Division Semifinal games against Toronto, adding two points (1+1) and five shots.

Over his 12-year pro career, Porter has notched 331 points (122+209) in 481 career AHL games between Rochester, San Antonio, Lake Erie (Cleveland), Grand Rapids and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while also tallying 24 points (3+7) in 39 Calder Cup playoff games.

Porter, who has served as Amerks team captain each of the past two years and three times in his previous four seasons with Rochester, has collected 58 points (29+29) in 249 NHL contests with Phoenix, Colorado, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

Prior to turning pro, the Detroit, Mich., native amassed 183 points (85+98) in 162 games over a four-year collegiate career at the University of Michigan (CCHA). As a senior, Porter won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top collegiate player after registering 63 points (30+33) and helping the Wolverines to an NCAA Championship while serving as team captain.

He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth-round (119th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.

USA Hockey Board Ratifies Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect

Initiative Centers Around Changing Body Checking Culture in Youth Hockey
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The USA Hockey Board of Directors unanimously ratified the Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play and Respect at its Board of Directors meeting last Saturday (June 8) in a significant move focused on improving the game at the youth level, particularly related to player safety.
The Board meeting was the culmination of the organization’s four-day Annual Congress here that included meetings among USA Hockey’s various committees, sections and councils.The focus of the Declaration is a concentrated effort to change the culture around body checking and competitive contact at all levels of play and clearly define what is acceptable and unacceptable.
The Board’s action makes clear that a body check must be an attempt to win possession of the puck and not an effort to punish or intimidate. Further, USA Hockey is committed to a culture where there are: 1) no late hits 2) no hits to the head and 3) no checking from behind.
“This Declaration was a collaborative effort of the leaders involved with safety, youth hockey, coaching and officiating and is a blueprint for shifting the mindset of body checking in youth hockey,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “It is imperative we make some significant changes and this document outlines that way forward.
”Over the course of the summer and through the upcoming season, USA Hockey will work with all constituent groups in providing video examples and other educational materials to ensure all groups fully understand the principles of the Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play and Respect.
“Safety is always our top priority and our Board took an extremely proactive step with this new initiative,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “This Declaration is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many groups over many months that resulted in moving something forward that is in the best interest of our youth players.”
“USA Hockey has a strong commitment to player safety and this Declaration is an important step forward,” said Dr. Michael Stuart, chief medical and safety officer for USA Hockey and also the co-director of sports medicine at the Mayo Clinic. “All stakeholders in the game of hockey will work together to change culture, promote sportsmanship and ensure mutual respect.”
USA Hockey’s Annual Congress also included significant discussion around diversity and inclusion and efforts to address changing demographics and attracting additional groups to the sport. The dialogue was guided in part from the organization’s strong partnership with the NHL and the shared focus of the two groups on making sure hockey is for everyone.“We’re excited about taking the next step in advancing our efforts around diversity and inclusion and the focus on those efforts during our Annual Congress put a positive spotlight on some of our opportunities for additional progress,” said Kelleher.
“Adding Stephanie Jackson as our first director of diversity and inclusion is an important step as we continue to move forward on these important topics to help make our sport better and even more inclusive.”
The Board learned that the 2018-19 season included a record 567,908 players. The total includes a record 123,303 at the 8U entry level and also a record 181,765 adult players. In addition, the number of girls and women playing increased by more than 4% overall from 2017-18 to a record 82,808. The number of coaches and officials also increased over 2017-18, with more than 60,000 coaches and 25,000 officials part of USA Hockey.
At Saturday’s (June 8) Board of Directors meeting, the Board also:
• Re-elected Bill Hall (Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.) as secretary
• Re-elected Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.) as vice president and chair of the international council
• Re-elected Donna Kaufman (Tacoma, Wash.) as vice president and chair of the junior council
• Re-elected Bruce Urban (Queen Creek, Ariz.) and Shelley Looney (Kenmore, N.Y.) to the two available director at-large positions
• Elected George Atkinson (Spring Lake, Mich.) as director representative to the executive committee
• Affirmed the following as athlete directors: Robert Esche (Whitesboro, N.Y.), Jenny Potter(Minneapolis, Minn.), Craig Brady (Rochester, N.H.), Jim Slater (Lapeer, Mich.), Caitlin Cahow (Chicago, Ill.), John Michael-Liles (Vail, Colo.), Lyndsey Fry (Chandler, Ariz.) and Brianne Bittle-McLaughlin (Moon Township, Pa.)
• Affirmed Taylor Lipsett (McKinney, Texas) and Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.) as athlete representatives to the executive committee
• Elected Al Murdoch (Ames, Iowa) and Tom Lenz (Vienna, Va.) as director emeritus
NOTES: During Saturday’s Board of Directors meeting, Jim Smith presented President’s Awards to longtime Board members Bill Daly (Montville, N.J.) and Jenny Potter (Minneapolis, Minn.), as well as USA Hockey staff members Dana Ausec, Pam Gibson and Jodie Penn . . .The USA Hockey Annual Congress included two significant award dinners and details can be found here.

Blues Win Stanley Cup


Although they are not NY-based, we congratulate the city of St. Louis and the St. Louis Blues on winning the 2019 Stanley Cup. Great story and job well done.

Former Syracuse U. Grad Named To USA Hockey Position

Jon Edwards Named Manager of Communications for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and USA Hockey Arena
PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Jon Edwards has been named manager of communications for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and USA Hockey Arena, it was announced today.
Edwards joins USA Hockey after spending the past three seasons with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder in Glens Falls, New York, where he served most recently as the director of communications.During his time with the Thunder, Edwards led a wide range of initiatives, including all media and public relations efforts, managing the team’s social media channels, and devising and implementing marketing campaigns.Edwards’ tenure with the Thunder included back-to-back North Division championships (2016-17, 2017-18).
He was also widely involved with media efforts when Glens Falls hosted the 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic.Prior to joining the Thunder, Edwards spent three seasons in minor league baseball, working for the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) and Altoona Curve (AA) where his focus was video production, creative services and game presentation.
A 2016 graduate of Syracuse University, Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

NWHL June Recap


By Janet Schultz

Signings and re-signings are happened in the NWHL, just not here in Buffalo. The latest news has been the hiring of Mandy Cronin as General Manager for the upcoming season.

Cronin is a goalie out of the University of Maine who was a co-founder of the CWHL, as well as a player. She is also founder and director of M-Power Hockey and has served as a coach with USA Hockey.

The latest signing was Amanda Boulier resigning with the Minnesota Whitecaps for a second season. The St. Lawrence graduate is from Watertown, Ct.

Jordan Bricker inked her fifth season with the Connecticut Whale. She spent her collegiate hockey at Colgate before transferring to the University of Wisconsin.

Colleen Murphy signed with the Metropolitan Riveters after playing a season with the Whale and one season with the Buffalo Beauts.

Shannon Doyle, a founding member of the league, resigned her fifth season with the Whale.

A leading scorer from the University of Minnesota, Nicole Schammel has signed with the Whitecaps. In addition to playing hockey she is a sales representative for J.K. Medical and comes from Red Wing, Mn.

Jonna Curtis has resigned with the Whitecaps. She was the recipient of the 2019 NWHL Newcomer Award.

Mary Parker has resigned her contract with the Boston Pride, as did Mallory Sauliotis.

Elena Orlando and Taylor Marchin have re-signed contracts with the Whale.

Lexie Laing, the 12th pick in the 2017 NWHL Draft has signed to play her rookie season with the Boston Pride. She follows in the footsteps of sister Brianna who is currently playing for the Pride and sister Denna who was suffered a severe spinal cord injury in the 2015 NWHL Women’s Winter Classic.

11 Manhattanville Hockey Players Selected To Winter Academic All-MAC Teams


Manhattanville Sees 12 Student-Athletes Selected to Winter Academic All-MAC Squads

ANVILLE, PA. – Following a successful winter season, in which three teams qualified for their respective conference tournaments – with one, capturing a conference title and advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals – 12 student-athletes from the Manhattanville College men’s and women’s hockey teams and men’s basketball squad were recognized by the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) with spots on the 2019 Winter Academic All-MAC teams, the conference announced Tuesday, June 11.

Six Manhattanville men’s hockey players earned the honor – the most of any school in any sport – out of a possible 11 spots this year. All six selections for the Valiants were seniors: Oscar Arfelt(Stockholm, Sweden/Connecticut Oilers (EHL)), Eric Berglund(Sollentuna, Sweden/Islanders Hockey Club (USPHL)), Casper Dyrssen (Stockholm, Sweden/Northern Cyclones (EHL)), Marco Ferraro (Toronto, Ont./St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL)), Matt Lippa(Richmond Hill, Ont./Oakville Blades (OJHL)) and Bryan Platt(Trumbull, Conn./Springfield Pics (USPHL)). Arfelt and Lippa earned the honor for the second time, while the other four were first-time honorees.

Out of a possible 10 spots for women’s hockey, the Valiants earned a total of five, which tied for the second-most selections in a single sport among all MAC schools, tied with Lycoming College wrestling. Senior Rose Pijaca (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) led the way and was joined by juniors Ali Howard (Rye, N.Y./Rye), Zoey Pellowitz (Arlington, Va./Washington Pride (JWHL))and Janet Xu (Edmonton, Alta./Ontario Hockey Academy). Sophomore Tianna Lopes (West Vancouver, British Columbia/Pacific Steelers (JWHL)) was also honored. Pellowitz is a two-time honoree, while the rest earned the accolade for the first time.

Sophomore Mike Granda (Monroe Township, N.J./St. Joseph)represented Manhattanville men’s basketball as one of the 10 possible Academic All-MAC honorees.

Overall, Manhattanville had 12 winter sport Academic All-MAC honorees, second among all MAC schools behind only Messiah College’s 15. The Valiants had the most selections among all MAC Freedom institutions, with King’s College behind them as the only other double-digit school at 10. Additionally, Manhattanville accomplished this while only sponsoring six of the nine winter MAC sports (no men’s and women’s swimming or wrestling).

This is the sixth year that the MAC has chosen All-Academic teams, as the conference strives to honor its top student-athletes both on the playing surface and in the classroom. The nomination and voting process is conducted by the Athletic Communications/Sports Information Directors of all 17 MAC member schools in a way that mirrors the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, with voting based on both athletic and academic success.

Eligible Academic All-MAC nominees must maintain at least a 3.20 semester GPA (on a 4.0 scale) during their athletic season, while also competing for their team as a starter or key reserve.

Comets Sign Two Players To Contracts



Utica, N.Y. – Utica Comets General Manager Ryan Johnson announced today that the club has signed forwards Seamus Malone and Vincent Arseneau to one-year AHL contracts.

Arseneau, 27, skated in 38 games with the Comets last season, registering 11 points (9-2-11). He originally joined the team during the 2017-18 campaign while on a PTO, picking up a goal and an assist in 20 games.

The Isle-de-la-Madeleine, QC native has played in 236 professional games between the AHL and ECHL, amassing 115 points (65-50-115).

Malone, 23, joined the Comets on an ATO on March 15 and tallied three goals in six games before he suffered a season-ending injury. He recently completed his senior year at the University of Wisconsin, where he tallied 26 points (8-18-26) in 37 games. He registered 104 points (33-71-104) in 143 career games with the Badgers.

Prior to his time at Wisconsin, the 5-10, 181-pound forward suited up in 163 games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, collecting 131 points (55-76-131). The Naperville, Ill. native played four games with the U17 U.S. National Team, racking up two goals and two assists in the 2012-13 season.