This year is a big one for the National Women’s Hockey League. Officially going into their third season, plenty of players are up for free agency. It’s sure to be an exciting postseason up until the start of the new season in October.
So far, The Riveters have acquired seven free agents; including their captain Ashley Johnson. Over the last two years, Johnson has scored three goals and has eight assists with the team for a total of 11 points. Johnson has been one of the lead defenders on the Riveters for the last two years.
The Connecticut Whale have signed four free agents. One signing that was important for The Whale was Shannon Doyle. Doyle led defenders on the Whale last season in points and blocked shots, along with seven assists in 15 games with the team.
The Boston Pride also acquired four players, one stand-out being Emily Field. Field has tallied seven goals and six assists in 33 games for a total of 13 points over two years. Field has been one of their top forwards since the inauguration season.
The Buffalo Beauts haven’t signed any free agents so far. While the other three teams are well on their way with signings, The Beauts might be waiting to see what happens with other players. A lot of players are RFA’s this offseason, which could be a determining factor in where they might decide to go.
The NWHL currently has a free agency tracker on their website, which you can find here to stay up to date with all of the signings. Players that are interested in registering as a free agent, can fill out this form here. One of the requirements is that the player must have graduated college or a university equivalent. Below are the free agents that have already signed.
Free agents who have already been signed:
Katie Fitzgerald – New York Riveters
Tatiana Rafter – New York Riveters
Kelly Babstock – Connecticut Whale
Cydney Roesler – Connecticut Whale
Rebecca Russo – New York Riveters
Elena Orlando – Connecticut Whale
Shannon Doyle – Connecticut Whale
Lexi Bender – Boston Pride
Kathryn Tomaselli – Boston Pride
Michaela Levine – Boston Pride
Lauren Wash – New York Riveters
Julia Herr – New York Riveters
Sarah Bryant – New York Riveters
Ashley Jonhston – New York Riveters
Emily Field – Boston Pride