New York, NY – August 4, 2015: The NWHL (National Women’s Hockey League) announced today the signing of forward Kelly Babstock to the Connecticut Whale.
Kelly Babstock is from Mississauga, Ontario and played forward at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. As a freshman, Babstock appeared in all 37 games and led her team with 59 points (30g, 29a), breaking the Bobcats’ record for the most goals, assists and points in a single season. After leading the league in points, goals and game-winning goals, Babstock was named ECAC Hockey Rookie and Player of the Year her freshman year.
Babstock concluded her sophomore year by becoming Quinnipiac’s all-time leader in goals (48), assists (51) and points (99). During her junior year, the Bobcats power forward had another outstanding season recording 55 points (28g, 27a) and was nominated for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award. For the third year in a row, she was chosen to the All-New England Women’s Ice Hockey All-Star Team and received her second career ECAC Hockey Player of the Month award.
Her senior year, Babstock was named Quinnipiac’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year. She ended her career with the Bobcats with 49 points (19g, 30a), which was 8th in the nation in points and fourth in ECAC Hockey. She was the first player in Bobcat history to be named to the ECAC Hockey First Team and the New England Division I All-Star team and earned CCM/AHCA All-American honors.
"This opportunity that the NWHL provides us women is something that has never been done before and I am ecstatic to be a part of it. Being able to play and continue my hockey career is a blessing and I am excited to get out there again,” said Babstock. I believe I will bring a lot of energy, positivity, creativity, leadership and most of all fun to the Whale. It's going to be an exciting experience."