Happy Labor Day Weekend, Cetacean Nation! Summer is waning and as we write this we are only thirty-five days out from first puck drop in our Season Opener against the Buffalo Beauts! And prior to that, we have a preseason match against the University of Connecticut at 3:00 PM on September 28th. The game will be held at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on 509 Jim Calhoun Way, U-3275, Storrs CT. And this chance to se the Pod is free!
As to the regular season games, although they are not free, they are an awesome bargain! The Pod will play a dozen home games,as part of the expanded twenty-four game NWHL schedule.and general admission season tickets are only $210. Season ticket holders will also be garnered priority for playoff tickets, and for season renewals. We are currently not scheduled to play at home in January, but have four games in reasonable travel distance. There are three games with the Rivsters at ProSkate in New Jersey about two hours away, and one game against the Pride Up at Warrior, about two and a half hours from Danbury. There has also been a change to our original schedule, concerning a home game against the Riveters. The game originally scheduled for February 1st, will now be played on December 1st, giving us six home games in December.
And a new season means new Whale merchandise! As the roster finalizes over the next few weeks (Bray’s Bunch currently numbers thirteen) our new signees jerseys and tees will be available, along with those of our veteran players. And in case you haven’t looked recently, there are some fintastic new items and designs to help you rep the Pod this season. And, you can still add some items from the ‘18-‘19 season, And now that the ‘19-‘20 merch collections are available, the remaining items from the ‘18-‘19 collections are being offered at a 20% discount during the Say Farewell to Summer Labor Day Sale. Check it out at NWHL.zone/shop #LDW. Fins Up to that!
And finally, as we get ready to cheer on the Whale as our amazings swim into action in Season Five, here is a question. What have Jessica Koizumi, Haley Skarupa, Grace Klienbach and Katerina Mrazova all done for the Pod that no one else has? Yep, that’s right, each of them has scored the first goal for the Whale in each of the first four seasons. And Jess’ goal was the first in NWHL history as well. The current roster once again contains #94, so let’s see if history repeats, and Grace nets the first goal for the Whale this season as well. But until the puck drops to start the season, exactly who our first goal scorer might be, remains unknown. What is known however, is that whoever puts the first biscuit in the basket will be doing so for the most exciting team in hockey, our Connecticut Whale! And it will be the first step in bringing Isobel back home to Connecticut next March. Fins Up to that!
Update 9/4/19: Bray’s Bunch grew a bit today, as the Whale added three plsyers to their roster, bringing the total number of players to sixteen. it was announced that vateran Hanna Beattie re-signed, along with two year CWHL veteran Erin Hall*; and SLU/Plattsburgh goalie Brooke Wolojko, both who inked thiir furst NWHL contracrs, Fins Up! *Read Erin Hall’s interview in the player section on this site
Update 9/5/19: What great news this is! We already have the best broadcast teams in the business, now we have the best streaming partner! History has literally been made! The NWHL has partnered with Twitch on an exclusive three-year streaming deal. As part of its agreement with the NWHLPA, players will receive 50 percent of all revenue from the deal. Game on! #NWHLGameOnTwitch 🔗:buff.ly/2NOv9Hi
Update 9/12/19: Cetacean Nation get ready! Single game tickets for the most exciting team in hockey, our Connecticut Whale for the ‘19-‘20 season go on sale Friday 9/13/19 at 11:00 a.m. ET! All tickets can be purchased at NWHL.zone/tickets. The rest of the NWHL team's tickets are on sale as well, so take a look at the road schedule and make plans to catch a couple of away games as well. Nothing like reppin’ the Pod amongst our ”frenemies” Fins Up!
Update 9/16/17: Pre-season is heeere! Camp opens tomorrow for our Pod, and it’s less than two weeks until our pre-season game with the Huskies as well. Isobel’s journey to Connecticut commences! Fins Up to that! 🔗:https://twitter.com/nwhl/status/1173582529036804096?s=21
Update 9/17/19: Some more great news Cetacean Nation! We now have a new head coach Colton Orr, who will be assisted by one of our Amazings, Laura Brennan! Fins Up to Colten and Laura and their selection, and to GM Bray Ketchum for two more great signings! 🔗: https://twitter.com/nwhl/status/1174020360754388992?s=21