We get knocked down, but we get up again You’re never gonna keep us down
Never thought we’d be channeling Chumbawamba here, but it fits the spirit of this team. From haymakers to heartbreakers, the Pod have seen it all in the first seven games of the season. And throughout, they have remained the most exciting team in hockey, and hit the ice each game with determination and grit. Not a grim determination, but an exuberant one. It is what makes them so exciting. And, their confidence and belief in themselves make them a dangerous opponent as well.
There was a vintage NFL quarterback named Bobby Lane, who once said “I never lost a game, sometimes I just ran out of time.” Much of the Whale season thus far has been like that. With the exception of the Boston game.they all felt like all we needed was a little more time. The effort, skill and plan were there and we didn’t really lose. We just ran out of time. Funny thing though, this season, with the expanded schedule, time is on our side. We have taken the best shots from our opponents, got knocked down, but have gotten right back up. And with two thirds of the season spread out on the oce before us, we may be down in the standings, but we are not out.
Despite the record, the Whale have had a lot of “WOW!” moments. They’ll have a lot more before play-offs match-ups are decided as well. Moving forward, expect those “WOW!” moments to replete more directly on the scoreboard. And no better time for the Pod to start feasting on their opponents than the Thanksgiving season. Feasting is what we all do, and nobody feasts like a hungry Whale.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, the fans of NWHL hockey have a lot to be thankful for as this this amazing Season Five unfolds. The fans who comprise Cetacean Nation, specifically are thankful for our players, the Amazings who skate on the ice for the Pod each week. And we’re thankful for our GM Bray Ketchum Peel, who put together this talented, thoughtful and entertaining squad we call Bray’s Bunch. And for our coaches Laura Brennan, Mike Bonelli and Colten Orr who keep molding this team into the most exciting in hockey. And all of the the individuals who work and volunteer behind the scenes to keep our Pod going, and those who help make Game Day in Danbury such a great experience. No one ever goes to just one Whale game, they always come back!
And along with all NWHL fans, we are thankful for the continued leadership and vision of Dani Rylan, who one day decided to start a hockey league, Our league. And we are thankful for the efforts of our former #4 Anya Packer and the NWHLPA on behalf of the game. And we should all be thankful for the amazing investors and sponsors who have partnered with the league and it’s vision for women’s hockey.. And of course for the professional media, like those shown below, who keep us informed, entertained, and help make us feel so much a part of this adventure!
So however you celebrate this holiday season, if you are give thanks for what you have, remember what we have now to be thankful for in hockey. A thing we did not have just five November’s ago, our Connecticut Whale of the NWHL!
Fins Up, Stick Taps, Lob-Tails & Thanks!