A nugget of news out of the NWHL today, as the Connecticut Whale re-signed Janine Weber for Season 7.
This will be Weber’s third year with the Whale, and her sixth year in the league. She previously played for the Boston Pride and the Metropolitan Riveters. She brings plenty of experience with her, as she has played 60 career games, tallying 16 goals and 24 assists for a total of 42 points. She also brings some playoff experience as she’s played in 6 games, scoring a goal and an assist for 2 points. She brings a veteran leadership and presence to a changed and younger forward group.
You can check out the full press release here:
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.
Whale Signing Tracker:
Alyssa Wohlfeiler (F)
Abbie Ives (G)
Kennedy Marchment (F)
Allie Munroe (D)
Emma Vlasic (F)
Hanna Beattie (D)
Tori Howran (D)
Mariah Fujimagari (G)
Taylor Girard (F)
Emma Polaski (F)
Cailey Hutchison (F)
Janine Weber (F)
TXHT will continue to provide NWHL coverage as more signings and news are announced.