Cydney Roesler unleashes one of her signtrure slap shots from the point. Photo by Matt Raney
BROOKLYN, NY – Shutdown defender Cydney Roesler has re-signed a contract with the Connecticut Whale for the 2017-18 season.
“It makes me very honored that the Whale organization and the NWHL wanted me back,” said Roesler. “To continue playing this game I love and promote women’s hockey means a lot to me. I feel like this is going to be a special season for the league and, hopefully, for the Whale.”
In 17 games with the Whale last season – her first in the NWHL – Roesler was a plus-5 and had one goal and six assists. She was one of the eight members of the NWHL Players’ Association and will be again next season.
A native of Stittsville, Ontario and four-year player in the Ottawa Junior Senators girls’ hockey program, Roesler went on to play four years at Quinnipiac University. She was captain at Quinnipiac in her senior year. In international play with Team Canada, she won the silver medal at the 2011 Women’s Under-18 World Championship in Stockholm, and won gold at the 2012 Women’s Under-18 World Championship in Prevov and Zlin, Czech Republic. She led all defenders with three goals at the 2012 World Championship.
Besides playing for the Whale, Roesler is currently a volunteer assistant coach at Quinnipiac.
The 2017-18 NWHL regular season is set to begin in October, featuring founding four franchises Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters playing a full slate of home games as well as neutral site games. The NWHL compensates all players and offers a revenue share on player jerseys and shirseys.
About Cydney Roesler:
Family: “My father, Ky Roesler, played at Colgate and was a defender. His play and guidance has been a major influence on my hockey career.”
Self-Scouting Report: “Guess you can say I’m solid and reliable, not fancy. You’re not going to see me making one of the Top Plays on SportsCenter. When I’m at my best, I’m limiting the other team’s scoring chances.”
Approach to training: “I’m still fortunate to be affiliated with Quinnipiac and to live in the area, so you can usually find me training there with the strength coach, Brijesh Patel, from Monday to Friday.”
Cydney Roesler and her father Ky, who played at Colgate
Hockey Development: “I played boys hockey all the way through the eighth grade, then with the girls in the Ottawa Junior Senators program from Grades 9-12. The Senators’ program and Team Canada helped take my game up a notch.”
Career & Coaching: “My degree from Quinnipiac is in Communications with a minor in Sports Studies. I hope to pursue that down the road, ideally in a job that’s in hockey. For now, I’m really enjoying playing for the Whale and being an assistant at Quinnipiac. I’d like to see if I can further develop a career in coaching.”
Admired Hockey Players: “I did a few Hockey Canada camps where Marie-Philip Poulin was a mentor. She is such a great player. It was inspiring to be around her. In the NHL, Eric Karlsson of the Senators is so skilled and entertaining. And Jonathan Toews – I love his style and how’s he’s a great two-way player.”
Favorite Musician: “When I was a kid, it was my father who usually did all the driving on the trips to Toronto for hockey games a few times each month. Dad was in charge of the music and he loves Bruce Springsteen…so now I love Bruce Springsteen.”
On Quinnipiac University: “When they first called me, I didn’t know much about the school or even how to spell it! But as I did my research and then went to visit it, Quinnipiac was the place for me. The campus is beautiful. I loved the smaller class sizes. The hockey facility is first-class and the people made the experience so special. My four years as a student at Quinnipiac was definitely the best time of my life.”
On the NWHL and PA: “Last season was a big learning experience for everyone involved – there’s no doubt about that. But the most important thing is that we – the players, the team staffs, the league staff – all have the same goal in mind. I’m confident that we’re going to take the lessons from last season, and how we finished the season strong, and be better for it in the future. The Players’ Association is going to be stronger and the communication with the players will be at the highest level. This year is going to be the NWHL’s best, in my view.”