SCHEDULE CHANGE: The February 1st home game against the Riveters was  re-scheduled and played on December 1st in Danbury



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 concluded play in NWHL Season Four, and  we can’t wait to see what exciting hockey Season Five 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 so much great, exciting  skillful, 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, or named articles like Expanding Horizons or Days of Future Past, to read content and input from multiple players. Our most recent 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. And follw us on Twitter @nation_cetacean, Instagram cetacean_nation_hockey and  Facebook at Cetacean Nation Hockey. Fins Up!





WHALE'S TALES 11/26/19: Fins Up, Stick Taps, Lob-Tails & Thanks!

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!

NWHL media icons Erica Ayala, Dan Rice and Nate Oliver interviewing the Beauts Kelsey Neumann Photo courtesy of Buffalo Beauts

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