Whale Sign Free Agent Defender

A huge nugget of NWHL news today, as former Metropolitan Riveters defender Rebecca Morse will join the Connecticut Whale for Season 7.

Morse will be heading into her sixth season in the league. It will be her first season with the Whale, as she has spent the previous five seasons with the Riveters. She has played in 58 career games, where she’s tallied 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 career points. She also brings some playoff experience with her, as she’s played in 3 career games. She was also a member of the 2017-2018 Metropolitan Riveters that won the Isobel Cup that season.

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Danbury, CT- After spending five seasons with the Metropolitan Riveters, Rebecca Morse is joining the Pod.

On Wednesday the Connecticut Whale announced that the veteran defender has signed a free-agent contract with the team for the upcoming season, marking the first time in her NWHL career that she is joining a new squad.

“I’m excited to suit up for the Whale and be a part of an Isobel Cup contending team in Season 7! I believe in the organization, and I feel that they believe in me,” said Morse on her new team. “I look forward to getting on the ice with my teammates, meeting Whale fans, and continuing to grow as a player.”

“Moose,” as fans know her, has been a cornerstone of the Riveters for half a decade, and a fan favorite of the Metropolitan faithful. During her five years with the Rivs, she’s posted 15 points (7G, 8A) in 58 total games, and has worn the ‘A’ on her sweater for the last two seasons. 11 of those career points came during a breakout year for the Westfield, NJ native during the 2019-20 season; Morse found her stride on the ice, picking up four goals and seven assists, and was voted into the 2020 NWHL All-Star Game for the first time in her career. She was also a part of the Riveters’ Isobel Cup-winning roster in 2018 and will bring that winning mentality with her to Connecticut.

“We are incredibly excited for Moose to be joining the Whale for Season 7,” said Whale head coach Colton Orr. “Her winning experience and strong character fit our culture and the direction the organization is going. She is a solid skating defender who can shut down other team’s top lines, and she can also contribute offensively. She helps strengthen our defense core as a whole.”

Before she signed in to the NWHL, the 5’8” defender played her college hockey at Providence College. She scored 60 points (16G, 44A) in 136 career games. During her freshman season, she was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team thanks to a 16-point season.

Morse is the 15th player that the Whale have signed this off-season and the fourth defender. She joins returning blueliners Tori Howran and Hanna Beattie, along with NWHL newcomer Allie Munroe.

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)
Catherine Crawley (F)
Kaycie Anderson (F)
Rebecca Morse (D)

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

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