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STAMFORD, Connecticut – Former Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey and lacrosse standout Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) has signed a professional contract with the Connecticut Whale for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League.
"I am excited to play for the Whale because Connecticut has always felt like home for me," Babstock said, "I am excited to be able to be involved with the NWHL and make history as a part of the first paid professional women's hockey league. This opportunity that the NWHL provides women is something that has never been done before and I am ecstatic to be a part of it.”
Babstock is the third Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey player to sign with the Connecticut Whale, joining Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minnesota) and Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Michigan) on the Whale’s roster. Overall, Babstock is the fifth player from Quinnipiac to sign a contract in the NWHL, with Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) and Elena Orlando (Winters, California) signing with the New York Riveters.
"As our program's most accomplished player and scorer, we knew Kelly would have opportunities to continue her hockey career,” Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey head coach Cassandra Turner said. “No one is more deserving or more prepared to succeed at the next level. She's a special player who has created countless unforgettable moments throughout her hockey career with an unrivaled compete level and unmatched touch around the net.
“This is great news for Kelly, our program, and for the NWHL,” Turner continued. “We're excited for her and look forward to watching her continue to inspire the next generation of female hockey players. Above it all, Kelly has always had a big heart and been a great teammate. I'm sure that while signing her first pro contract is very exciting, she's equally excited to be sharing her professional hockey journey with some great Bobcat alumnae and in front of her biggest supporters."
Babstock owns every Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey single-game, single-season and career scoring
record, most notably owning the career records for goals (95), assists (108) and points (203). Not only is Babstock the leading point scorer in Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey history, but she is second in Quinnipiac men’s and women’s ice hockey history in goals scored and third in points.
In each season of Babstock’s Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey career, she never recorded fewer than 40 points in a season. She has recorded four of the five highest single-season goal totals, four of the top seven single-season assist totals and has all four of the top point totals in a single-season in program history.
Babstock’s list of hockey accolades includes a Patty Kazmaier Top 10 finalist, CCM/ACHA Second Team All-American, and Quinnipiac Athlete of the Year in 2013-14; three-time All-ECAC First Team selection and one All-ECAC Second Team selection, as well as being named ECAC Hockey’s Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in 2010-11.
With the Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse program, Babstock was just as prolific as she scored 33 goals and recorded 21 assists for 54 points in just 26 games played. She was named to the All-MAAC Rookie Team in her first season on the women’s lacrosse team in 2013-14 after completing her four-year women’s ice hockey career.
The Connecticut Whale open up the inaugural NWHL season on Saturday, October 11 with the first game in the league’s history when they face the New York Riveters at 1:30 P.M. at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut.