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Haley Skarupa named NWHL Player of the Week

Haley Skarupa snows the puck as she and Elena Podkamennaya come to an abrupt stop near the boards. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Haley Skarupa, rookie forward for the Connecticut Whale, earned the NWHL’s first Player of the Week award of the second season with her hat trick and assist in her first regular-season game. Skarupa, who graduated from Boston College in the spring of 2016,  earned a total of 244 points (115 goals, 129 assists) over the course of only 115 games on the Eagles.

Her junior campaign saw her earn a place as a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-ten finalist, the prize awarded to the best player in women’s college hockey annually and a spot on the Hockey East All-Star Second Team. She took herself even further the following year. As a senior she was once again named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-ten finalist but also helped the Eagles to only the second undefeated regular season in NCAA history and earned Second Team All-American honors, as well as a First Team Hockey East All-Star nod.

Skarupa posted a points-per-game average of 1.69 while at B.C., which she has already more than doubled in only one regular-season game on the Whale. If she can keep that kind of production up she will be one of–if not the–most valuable players on Connecticut, and certainly the most valuable player of the rookie class. Skarupa faces stiff competition for the title, however, in fellow rookies Amanda Kessel, Amanda Levielle, Milica McMillen and Alex Carpenter.

A Team USA player, Skarupa has played in two International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships in which she won gold in both 2015 and 2016, and two Four Nations Cups. Skarupa is currently rostered for the upcoming 2016 Four Nations Cup.

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