The NWHL announced the resignation of Connecticut Whale General Manager Harry Rosenholtz On Christmas Eve.
Prior to joining the NWHL as GM, Rosenholtz worked as a college sports advisor and helped student-athletes navigate the recruiting process at the college level. He served as associate head hockey coach at Yale and Quinnipiac University from 1999-2011.
Rosenholtz joined the club in August and was responsible for the majority of the Whale’s roster construction before the season. He took over for the first Whale GM, Chris Ardito, who resigned the position eleven days before the NWHL’s free agent signing deadline in mid-August of 2015.
Rosenholtz was responsible for drawing several key players to the club, such as Olympic silver medalist and defender Molly Engstrom, who he met with at Lake Placid to convince her to sign with the team. He also added key defender Shannon Doyle out of Boston University, former University of Maine forward Shannon Dougherty and Russian Olympic captain, Ekaterina Smolentseva, who was only recently able to join the team in the United States and has thus far proved an essential part of the third line.
Rosenholtz’s work paid off; the team currently sits atop the NWHL at 8-0-0.
“We’d like to thank Harry for his service and dedication to women’s hockey,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan in a statement released to the press. “It’s obvious to those who have watched the Whale play that they’ve got incredible tenacity, toughness and resiliency. He was a part of building that.”
This will be a major blow to the Connecticut Whale team, which has cited its tight-knit culture as key to its successful run in the NWHL’s inaugural season.
The search for a replacement, handling both player personnel and business operations in a given market, begins immediately. George Speirs, currently Director of Operations for the NWHL, will assume the role on an interim basis.
Rosenholtz was not available for comment.