Whale Sign US Gold Medalist

Huge news from The Pod today as they signed US national team member and gold medalist Melissa Samoskevich.

If the name sounds familiar to you, it’s because it should. She was the Whale’s first round selection (second overall) in the 2018 NWHL draft.

Samoskevich is from Bridgeport, Connecticut. The forward played 4 years of college hockey at Quinnipiac University. Her junior and senior year, she was captain of the team. In the 144 games she played, she scored 54 goals and added 55 assists for a total of 109 points. She is third overall in goals, fifth overall in assists, which is good for fourth overall in the entire program’s history.

After college, she went and played for Brynas IF in the SDHL. Where she played a total of 8 games for them, tallying 6 assists for the club. After the 8 games, she traveled back to the United States and was a member of the New England roster of the PWHPA.

Now she’ll join the Whale for her rookie season in the NWHL. Joining an already impressive core of players. And she’ll be re-united with Quinnipiac teammate, Abbie Ives!

Welcome to the League Melissa Samoskevich!

Signings So Far:


Brooke Wolejko

Abbie Ives


Shannon Doyle

Elena Orlando

Taylor Marchin

Victoria Howran

Hanna Beattie

Maggie LaGue


Emma Vlasic

Kaycie Anderson

Katelynn Russ

Melissa Samoskevich

Amanda Conway

TXHT will continue to provide NWHL coverage as more signings and news are announced.

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