Your 2019-2020 Connecticut Whale! photo by Schuyler Meyer



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 and the amazing league they play in, the National Women’s Hockey League. The Whale  have now concluded play in NWHL Season Five, and we can’t wait to see what exciting hockey Season Six 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. 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 Our  most recent Whale’s Tales op ed and guest content 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. And follow us on Twitter @nation_cetacean, Instagram cetacean_nation_hockey and  Facebook at Cetacean Nation Hockey. Fins Up!






“One poem for each summer that we traveled together. The other nine months of the year were really only a preparation.” Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams, 1958

One summer never ends, one summer never began” Suddenly Last Summer by Martha Davis, 1983

Summer has played for most of this current century to mixed reviews. Culutural, societal and economic influences have combined to leave summer as runner-up to fall in popularity. That is in normal times, which are in scarce supply these days.. And those thoughts above on summer, melancholic at best, seem apropos in the annus horribilis that 2020 has revealed itself to be. When we need the joy that summer can bring more than ever, the only thing certain, is uncertainty. The summer, whatever it is going to be, stretches before us now. Maybe that is part of the problem with summer, it seems too long. It is hard to qualify because of how it has been quantified. So let’s break it down,at least into two parts. The first and most important part in our opinion is Juloon. Juloon is that ephemeral time of year between mid-June and mid-July, approximately. It is not defined by equinoxes and solstices, it is defined by . Borrowing it’s name from the sixth and seventh months, albeit somewhat phonetically, Perhaps Tennessee Williams should have asked for two poems to cover the summer: one for Juloon, one for the rest of the season. At any rate, Juloon is upon us and we must decide if the summer it harkens will truly ever begin, We think it will. Not as we have known it, not as we would want it, but perhaps as we need it. Hey, how bad can can it be sitting around a campfire, or on a beach, or in your backyard listening to summer hockey? Looks like we are about to find out, we reckon.

                                                        All InThe Family

 Cetacean Nation, based upon your reactions to our “Other Side of the Glass” interviews and our “Not A Whale But…” stories, we are introducing a new series featuring more of the same. But with a twist. This new series of interviews will feature input from the families of our amazing Pod players, discussing their love of the NWHL and the Whale, and giving us some insight into our players from their families perspective. As Elizabeth Barret Browning might have said “How do we love our Whale? Let us count the ways! “ And when we tote all of those ways up, we can now include the “All In The Family” series as one of those ways! Our first offering in this new series comes from Jerry Orlando, our amazing #14 Elena Orlando’s Dad, and will be found on the toolbar among the group of articles below the player’s interviews here:


                                                         Bray’s Bunch

Still a lot of time left before the first Whale puck drop, and it has already been a busy offseason for our GM, the amazing Bray Ketchum Peel. Bray’s Bunch has reached thirteen players as of early today, more than half the roster. Bray has brought back a several of the key core players from last season, and added some exciting rookies and first year players. She has already signed four draft picks, equaling the combined franchise totals from the previous seasons. More to come, stay tuned! The tools of building a roster cut both ways. We have had to say goodbyes and hellos each offseason, and this year is now exception. Abbie Ives, Amanda Conway, Maggie LaGue, Melissa Samoskevich and Tori Howran are recent additions, and Sonjia Shelly has signed with the Riveters. Once a Whale Always a Whale, so Fins Up Forever Sojo!

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