Weber Rejoins The Whale
DANBURY, CT- NWHL veteran Janine Weber is back with the Pod, signing a contract with the Connecticut Whale for the 2021-22 season.
Weber made history as the first player to sign a contract in the NWHL when the league started in 2015. Since then, the Innsbruck, Austria native has played for the New York Riveters, Boston Pride, and the Whale.
“Janine is one of our veteran leaders who plays a huge role on our team both on and off the ice. She is a strong, smart player who makes her presence felt every shift,” said assistant general manager and assistant coach Laura Brennan.
The 30-year-old has played two seasons for the Whale. During her first year with the team, she played in eight games and tallied four assists in the regular season, along with another assist in two playoff contests. Last year during the shortened season in Lake Placid, Weber played in four games for the Whale. Her most productive year was during the 2016-17 season where she tallied 22 points (10G, 12A) while with the Riveters. Her five years of NWHL experience will undoubtedly pay dividends for Connecticut.
“Her ability to be vocal and lead by example is a great value to our team and younger players. She is truly a role model for everyone around her and we could not be happier to have her back this year!” said Brennan.
Before joining the NWHL, Weber played one season with the Boston Blades of the CWHL. She also played for a season at Providence College where she put up six goals and five assists in 35 games played. The 5’8” forward is also a decorated player at the international level as a member of Team Austria, participating in multiple IIHF World Championships and Olympic qualifying tournaments over the past decade.
“I’m excited to see what this team can accomplish after the improvements we have made over the last couple seasons and I’m looking forward to getting this first season under new ownership started,” said Weber.
Weber marks the 12th player and seventh forward that the Whale have signed during the off-season. She joins fellow forwards Emma Vlasic, Alyssa Wohlfeiler, Kennedy Marchment, Cailey Hutchison, Taylor Girard, and Emma Polaski.
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 on to 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
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