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BREAKING: Connecticut Whale Coach Resigns

Whale coaches Jake Mastel and Lisa Giovanelli Zuba watch the game at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Head Coach of the Connecticut Whale, Jake Mastel, has resigned his position with the NWHL. The league has not officially made comment yet on the resignation, which happened late Thursday night, just before practice.

Assistant coach Lisa Giovanelli Zuba is running practice Thursday but it is unknown if she will take over head coaching duties while the league searches for a permanent replacement.

Connecticut recently saw turnover at the general manager position; Harry Rosenholtz resigned Dec. 24 and COO George Speirs took over the position as interim GM. The league continues to search for a GM to fill the position. Speirs recently traded fan-favorite and media-savvy Chelsea Laden for Riveters goaltender Shenae Lundberg, both of whom occupied the backup position despite being excellent goaltenders due to unexpected injury.

The Whale is leading the league in wins with a record of 11-2-0 despite the depth of National Team players on the second place Boston Pride. The Whale has the second-best power play in the league and tops the charts in goal-differential. The  team recently sent five All-Stars to the first NWHL All-Star competition this past weekend.

The Whale will face the Pride this Sunday in Stamford, Conn.

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