The Connecticut Whale was first to the finish line in the final day of free agency, announcing all 17 players for its second attempt at an Isobel Cup run. Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno, two forwards and recent graduates of the Boston College program, agreed to sign with the Whale for $20,000 apiece. They will join Boston College graduates Kaliya Johnson, Meagan Mangene, and Kelli Stack in Connecticut.
Trivigno played in 148 college games, scoring 138 points (57 goals, 81 assists). Skarupa scored 244 points (115 goals, 129 assists) in 144 games.
Both players have played in two IIHF World Championships with USA Hockey.
Skarupa’s scoring skill will give Stack and Kelley Babstock serious competition for the title of scoringest forward on the Whale, while Trivigno brings more playmaking ability the Whale will dearly prize up front.
Connecticut’s forward roster shows impressive depth that will be useful over the course of the next season as they chase their first Cup win.
“Skarupa is a strong skater, with excellent hands and a knack for scoring, and Trivigno is a true hockey player with great knowledge and vision for the game,” said Connecticut’s head coach, Heather Linstad. “Both players are a fantastic addition to our forward group, and will be relied upon to make things happen on the ice.”
Neither Skarupa nor Trivigno were drafted by the Whale in the 2015 NWHL Junior Draft. Skarupa was initially selected fifth overall by the New York Riveters and was later traded to the Whale in exchange for Michelle Picard. Trivigno, too, was chosen 13 overall by the New York Riveters in 2015 but was traded to the Whale for Hannah Brandt as well as a $2,000 draft tax.