Connecticut snags veteran Cailey Hutchison in free agency

by Mario Forno

DANBURY, CT- The Connecticut Whale have added an NWHL veteran to the roster for the upcoming 2021-22 season. The Whale announced on Monday the signing of forward Cailey Hutchison, who spent her last two seasons wearing an ‘A’ with the Metropolitan Riveters.

“Cailey brings league experience to her first season with the Whale. She is a hard-working forward with speed and a tremendous work ethic. As a fellow Long Islander, I have watched Cailey develop her career over the years with tenacity, commitment, and a positive attitude,” said Connecticut general manager Alexis Moed. “She will contribute great support to the club both on and off the ice. We are all very excited to have her at the Whale.”

Hutchison played a total of 28 games in her two seasons with the Riveters, amassing 12 points (4G, 8A) during that time. The 5’4” forward can do just about everything on the ice - kill penalties, jump in on the power play, cause traffic in front of the net, and win face-offs. During the 2019-20 season, Hutchison won 249 face-offs, the fifth-best in the NWHL, and had a face-off winning percentage of 51.35 percent.

“I’m beyond excited to start the next chapter of my career with this great organization,” said Hutchison. “I really believe in the culture and direction that the ownership, management, and coaching staff have set forth. I’m looking forward to getting on the ice with our team and making something special happen this year!”

Before she joined the NWHL, the Hicksville, New York native played four seasons with the University of Maine. She finished her NCAA career with 20 points in 127 games played, recording a career-high 10 points (5G, 5A) in her senior season when she also served as an assistant captain.

At just 24-years-old, Hutchison provides experience and depth to a Connecticut team that has now signed 11 players. Hutchison joins a forward group that includes recent draft picks Emma Polaski and Taylor Girard, returners Emma Vlasic and Alyssa Wohlfeiler, and free-agent signee Kennedy Marchment.

DANBURY, CT – About the Connecticut Whale

The Connecticut Whale are a professional women's ice hockey team based in Connecticut and competing in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). The Whale are one of the Founding Four teams that stepped onto the NWHL ice in 2015 and are owned and operated by Shared Hockey Enterprises (SHE). Visit whale.nwhl.zone to learn more.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)

Established in 2015, the NWHL was the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The mission of the league is to fuel the continued growth of the sport and brand of pro women’s hockey. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the Toronto Six. Visit NWHL.zone and follow on Twitter and Facebook @NWHL and Instagram @NWHL.zone

Contact:

For media information, please contact Alexis Moed at amoed@ctwhalehockey.com