Your 2021 Connecticut Whale!



Fins Up fellow Whale fans! Welcome to your website: Cetacean Nation! Here we try to augment the coverage of and news about, our Connecticut Whale, the most exciting team in hockey. We love our Pod Amazings and the amazing league they play in, the National Women’s Hockey League. The Whale  have now concluded play in NWHL Season Six, and we can’t wait to see what exciting hockey Season Seven will bring!  Our player input is our main feature, along with NWHL and Whale news as it pertains to our team and fans, both on and off the ice. Especially in the  ”off seasons” we strive to rep the players, and the Whale as best we can. The Whale bring us such exciting  skillful, gritty and inspiring hockey as they skate through each NWHL season. The citizens Cetacean Nation wants to support them year round, introduce new fans, and help get everyone ready for the upcoming Season of the Whale.

Our site can be navigated by the menu button or toolbar, depending on what device you are using. Click on the players name to read their individual stories. In the cases where players have multiple stories, they are listed oldest to newest. Several named articles like Expanding Horizons or Days of Future Past which may feature input from multiple players are listed below the player's stories. As are input by others associated with the Whale: coaches, staff, fans, parents, etc. Our most recent edition of our Whale’s Tales op ed feature will appear on the home page immediately below. All Whale’s Tales, listed chronologically, can be found under that heading on the toolbar or the menu, as well as content from coaches, fans, staff and other Whale centric hockey interviews.  Follow us on Twitter  @nation_cetacean or @CetaceanHockey Instagram cetacean_nation_hockey and  Facebook at Cetacean Nation Hockey. Fins Up! 





Well, here we are in the second week of July as we continue to struggle back towards normalcy, or more likely “new normalcy”. We, along with all NWHL fans, anxiously await Season Seven and that portion of our normal life that it provides. We await with great anticipation to see The Most Exciting Team in Hockey, our Connecticut Whale, back on the ice. And along with the players, us, the fans, filling Danbury Ice Rink to the rafters. We ache to celebrate the Year of the Whale. The year the Pod brings Isobel home to Connecticut.

The Whale are off to a great start in the postseason, with a handful of key returning veterans signed, Hanna Beattie, Emma Vlasic, Abbie Ives and Alyssa Wohlfeiler. And two big free agent signings from the SDHL, Allie Munroe and Kennedy Marchment. And of course we had an exceptional Draft Night, which we were honored to be a part of. And now we await the signing announcements by the Pod of Taylor, Girard, Emma Polaski, Hannah Bates and Grace Middleton. And of course, we are all hopeful of bringing back even more of our talented veterans, unsigned as of yet.

There is even more exciting news coming from the front office! All of the citizens of Cetacean Nation offer a warm welcome to our new GM Alexis Moed, and our new Director of Sponsorships, Amy Mahoney. Also congratulations to Jessie Oram, who has been promoted to the role of Director of Ticket Sales and Service, and Laura Brennen who has been named Assistant General Manager. Our Amazing #33 Laura will happily continue her coaching duties with the Pod as well.

And last but not least, we have new ownership! Tobin Kelly and his Shared Hockey Enterprises (SHE), LLC along with his investment partners acquired the Whale in mid-May. This is a huge step for the Pod, and promises to make the Most Exciting Team in Hockey even more so, in the coming years. A big Fins Up and welcome to Tobin Kelly! The NWHL is coming into it’s own, making significant gains coming off an extremely difficult and trying Season Six. Fan interest has never been higher, and coverage and interest from various sports outlets are starting to grow as well. In the face of a pandemic, the National broadcast of the play-offs was huge. Our Amazing #94, Foundation Award Winner Grace Klienbach spoke to that in her most recent interview with us. She revealed

"I can’t tell you how many kids came up to me and said: “I watched your game on TV ! Kids I coach, kids I just met…We are reaching so many people we don’t even realize, just because it was televised.”

Yes, it was a trying and difficult time we all went through the past year plus, and no less for the NWHL. But the league showed vision, perseverance, and toughness to make it to where they sit this hot dimmer of 2021. Per Augusta Ad Augusta. Through difficulties to honors, we reckon. Fins Up to that!