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National Women's Hockey League Announces Chelsea Piers Summer Hockey Camp

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STAMFORD, Conn. -- Chelsea Piers Connecticut announced an exciting new partnership with the National Women's Hockey League and the Connecticut Whale to run the first NWHL Girls Hockey Camp in the summer of 2016.

Campers ages 8 to 15 will have the opportunity to train with six top players from the NWHL. During the full-day camp, hockey players will receive three hours of high-paced on-ice instruction daily, off-ice training and hockey IQ sessions with the professional players. Daily power skating and skill specific sessions will culminate with a game at the end of each week.

Camp runs the weeks of June 27 through July 1 and July 18-22.

"We are very proud of the NWHL staff that has committed to lead our first NWHL camp series," said Greta Wagner, executive director of Chelsea Piers Connecticut. "This team of coaches has reached the highest levels in both collegiate and professional hockey. They have a passion for teaching and developing young athletes. With so many talented coaches, our campers will receive the most unique, dynamic and rewarding hockey camp experience possible."

Coaches include:

  • Samantha Faber, Connecticut Whale -- fifth all-time scorer in University of New Hampshire history, member of the 2008 gold-medal winning USA National Team, leading scorer for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women's Hockey League
  • Kelly Babstock, Connecticut Whale -- all-time leading scorer for Quinnipiac University, NCAA All-American
  • Jessica Koizumi, captain, Connecticut Whale -- captain of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, assistant coach Yale University, CWHL Boston Blades 2010-2015, USA National Team 2007-2009
  • Chelsea Laden, Connecticut Whale -- played for Quinnipiac University, Sarah Deven's Award recipient in 2015
  • Kaleigh Fratkin, captain, Connecticut Whale, three-time Hockey East Champion, won the Clarkson Cup, played for Boston Blades Team Canada Member
  • Brittany Dougherty, Connecticut Whale -- leading scorer for three straight seasons at University of Maine

The NWHL is the first professional women's hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began in 2015 with four teams: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters.

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