CONNECTICUT WHALE ANNOUNCE NEW HOME ICE
Whale moving home games to ISCC in Simsbury for the 2022-23 PHF season
SIMSBURY, CONN. — The Connecticut Whale are excited to announce that the team will be playing the majority of its home games during the 2022-23 Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) season at International Skating Center of CT (ISCC), located in Simsbury. The move follows the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons played at Danbury Ice Arena.
“The Whale are thrilled to be putting down our roots at ISCC in Simsbury and bringing Brass Bonanza back to the Greater Hartford area,” said Tobin Kelly, Whale Owner. “Preparation has been under way for some months now, and I can’t say enough about how hard ISCC ownership has been working to make this a great home for the Whale. We are looking forward to being a part of the community in Simsbury.”
ISCC is a world class, twin-rink training and fitness facility. In addition to the dual ice surfaces and state- of-the-art fitness center, it offers a dance and group exercise studio, and provides an environment suited for athletes of all ages and abilities to participate in comprehensive training. The facility also features newly renovated skybox viewing rooms to host private recreational or corporate events, a Pro Shop, and Sk8terz Café which is a full-service restaurant featuring rink-side dining.
“We are so excited to bring the highest level of sports back to Simsbury and our surrounding communities,” said Kelle Becconsall, ISCC Owner and General Manager. “This building opened with Olympic figure skaters and has been host to many national hockey tournaments and competitions over the years. It’s been our mission to revitalize that hometown pride and bring ISCC back to the international spotlight. Now we get to host women’s professional hockey, and it doesn’t get much better than that. We’re beyond honored to have the Connecticut Whale call us their home rink and can’t wait to welcome them to ISCC.”
Before relocating to ISCC in the fall, the Whale will open the season with two games hosted at Milford Ice Arena, which will continue to serve as the team’s practice facility for the remainder of the season. Details regarding home game dates and tickets will be announced as part of the upcoming PHF regular season schedule release.
The Whale would like to thank the city of Danbury and Danbury Ice Arena for hosting the team for the past two seasons, along with the entire community of local businesses in Danbury for their immeasurable support and hospitality. The team would not be where they are today without the help of the Greater Danbury Chamber, Wild Roses and Blooms, LLC, Bridgefield Family Eye Care, Ben’s Vacuum Mart, Dawg House, Maury’s Hive Tea, TK’s American Cafe, and the team at Pics on the Go.
About the Connecticut Whale
The Connecticut Whale are a professional women's ice hockey team based in Connecticut and competing in the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) formerly known as 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.premierhockeyfederation.com to learn more.
About Premier Hockey Federation (PHF)
The PHF is the leading home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and maintains the mission to provide strong role models and fuel the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, Montreal Force, and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup.