Connecticut Whale Sign Meagan Mangene for 2016-2017 NWHL Season

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Former Boston Pride player, Meagan Mangene agreed, on Thursday, to a one year, 12,000-dollar contract with the Connecticut Whale for the 2016-2017 season.

During the Inaugural Season of the National Women’s Hockey League, Mangene played in seven games for the Boston Pride, while spending most of the year as a member of the practice squad. Over those seven games, she was able to put up one assist. The former Boston College co-captain, is the second member of a practice team, to transition into a full rostered player in the NWHL.

Mangene said, “Last season was an amazing experience, and I am thankful to have been a part of the Boston Pride. I am excited to transition into a bigger role with the Whale and I am looking forward to the second season of the NWHL.”

Heather Linstad, coach of the Whale said, “The coaching staff is excited to add Meagan Mangene to our lineup. She is a versatile player who can play defense or forward. She sees the ice very well and makes smart decisions with the puck.”

In her senior season at BC, she led the Eagles in blocked shots with 46. Her plus-26 rating placed her in second place on the squad and she also provided a strong faceoff presence.

Mangene joined the Eagles as a defenseman, but was used as a forward and on defense during her National Collegiate Athletic Association career.

During her junior and senior seasons, she managed to not miss a game for Boston College, helping make her an integral part of the leadership on the team.

Prior to attending Boston College, she was on the Little Caesar’s under-19 Team, where she served as an assistant captain. She represented the “Red, White and Blue” on three under-18 World Championship squads, winning gold twice (2008, 2009) and one silver (2010). She served as the captain of the 2010 team as well.

During the 2010 World Championship, she was named one of the top three players on Team USA. In August of 2010, she became the youngest member of the over-22 team at the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival.

Mangene will join fellow Boston College alumna, Kaliya Johnson on the Whale roster for the 2016-2017 NWHL season as they compete to raise the Isobel Cup.

The new season for the NWHL will begin on October 7, 2016.

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