Free agent frenzy entered stage two this week, as the eleven under-wraps NWHL contracts were released to the media, and though Hilary Knight going to the Pride was probably the biggest, the Connecticut Whale signed four outstanding players of their own, including Knight’s national team teammate, Kelli Stack.
Kelli Stack (Boston College)
Two time Olympian Stack is probably the biggest name on this list. She broke countless records during her time at BC, scoring 209 points in only 140 games played, and finishing as a top three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. In her senior year alone she had 59 points, including a career high 34 goals, and she was the first player ever to become a three-time Hockey East Player of the Year. In her time with the USWNT, she has two Olympic silver medals from 2010 and 2014, and three World Championship golds, as well as skating in five Four Nations Cups, leading the tournament in scoring in 2011 and 2013. She was also named Player of the Game in the gold medal game against the Canadians in the 2011 World Championships. In a team already stacked with players like Molly Engstrom, Jessica Koizumi and Yekaterina Smolentseva, Stack is going to fit right in.
Lindsay Berman (Northeastern)
Yet another Blades alumni, Berman was signed after unforeseen visa problems with free agent Tara Tomimoto. While at Northeastern, she registered 62 points in 135 games played for the Huskies, and in her sophomore year led all Hockey East defencewomen in power play points with 12. Unlike most players, Berman switched between forward and defence for most of her hockey career, and can easily give the Whale some roster flexibility. She played for the Blades between 2010 and 2014, winning the Clarkson Cup with them in 2013, and she also coached during that time at U-Mass and Brown University.
Alyssa Wohlfeiler (Northeastern)
A teammate of Berman’s from 2007-2010, Wohlfeiler registered 71 points in 132 games for the Huskies, led the team in game winning goals her junior year, and was second on the team in rookie scoring in her freshman year. In 2006-07, the California native captained the California Select U-19 team, where she scored 38 points in 34 games.
Jordan Brickner (Wisconsin)
Brickner actually split her NCAA time between Colgate and Wisconsin, collecting a total of 43 points in 140 games with the two teams. In her senior year with the Badgers, she had the third highest shooting percentage, and during her whole Wisconsin career, she accumulated 0 PIMs. Before college, Brickner played for the Connecticut Stars, where she helped them win a New England District title, and a third place finish at the USA Hockey National Championships.