Shannon Doyle will be returning to the Connecticut Whale for the 2016-2017 National Women’s Hockey League season the team announced on Thursday. contract worth 14,000 dollars
General manager, Lisa Giovanelli said, “The Whale is happy to have Shannon return for another season. Her shot blocking ability is a huge asset in our defensive zone, and we will look for her to build on her experiences from last season and continue to be a steady presence on our blue line.”
Doyle’s new one-year contract is said to be worth 14,000 dollars. This past season, the defenseman put up two goals and three assists, while adding an assist during the Isobel Cup Playoffs.
She played collegiately for Colgate University and Boston University. While playing for the BU Terriers, Doyle was known for blocking shots, and was ranked as the third best shot blocker in the nation during her senior season.
Doyle said, “I am excited to be back with the Whale for this upcoming season because, although the first season was extremely historic and exhilarating, I am looking forward to seeing how much the league will grow in this second season. The Connecticut area was incredibly supportive in year one and being able to return to such an amazing community of both players and fans is thrilling.”
The Markham, Ontario native represented Team Canada at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship, helping them capture the gold.
Prior to her collegiate career she played four years for her high school team as well as two seasons with the Toronto Jr. Aeros, where she served as the team captain. Her sophomore season at Colgate, she was named to the 2011-2012 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Team.
With the BU Terriers, she was named a Hockey East All-Star as well as a New England Division I All-Star in her junior year. Her senior season, she was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team, after scoring a point in all four Hockey East Tournament games. She was also second on the Terriers in assists during the 2014-2015 season.