Monday, 6 July 2015

Kaleigh Fratkin signs historic contract with Connecticut Whale

As free agent frenzy only adds to the anticipation of the upcoming puck drop in NWHL play, the Connecticut Whale were involved in a historic signing. Boston University alum and 2015 Clarkson Cup champion Kaleigh Fratkin becomes the first Canadian-born player to sign an NWHL player contract. Of note, she already joins a remarkable free agent class that includes forwards Shiann Darkangelo and Sam Faber (who was the Boston Blades leading scorer in their inaugural season), along with former Quinnipiac goaltender Chelsea Laden.

Having served as an assistant captain in her senior season with Boston University, Fratkin will be expected to provide similar leadership with the Whale. Competing on the blueline, Fratkin’s experience playing in front of goaltenders such as Kerrin Sperry and Genevieve Lacasse shall make her a key asset for the Whale.

There is no question that she brings championship experience which shall prove crucial as the Whale hope to become the first franchise to capture the Isobel Cup. In addition to a Hockey East conference title, Fratkin was the only female player on the Vancouver Northwest Giants championship squad that captured a provincial championship in 2010.

Like new teammate Darkangelo, Fratkin also brings international experience. Of note, Fratkin helped Canada’s Under-22/Development Team capture the gold medal at the 2015 Nations Cup, scoring a goal against Finland. As a side note, Darkangelo claimed a silver medal for the United States at the 2014 Four Nations Cup. Considering the potential talent to come in free agency, the chance for the Whale to acquire such experience early on may place them in a position of advantage as the inaugural season progresses.

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