PHOTO CRED: Michelle Jay
MARLBOROUGH, MA - From seasoned veterans to players fresh out of college, 21 players were invited to attend the two-day NWHL Free Agent Camp held at the New England Sports Complex.
“I just love hockey. I’m always up for an adventure,” said winger Sarah Moe with a smile.
Moe’s career is one full of accolades -- from her time in college to the CWHL, and most recently with the Minnesota Whitecaps.
At the tail-end of her career, Moe said she wanted to try getting paid for it.
“That’s my hobby,” said Moe. “I get so much enjoyment out it.”
The group of forwards, defenders, and goaltenders went through a series of drills, while representatives from around the league scouted the action.
For nearly everyone in the camp, the hope was to be able to continue playing in an organized setting.
While Moe might have been through the camp experience before, it was the first camp for New York native, Keira Goin.
“I wasn’t really ready to be done playing hockey, to be honest.” said Goin, a goalie at Utica College with a .932 save percentage as a three-year starter.
While the NWHL was not around when she was in college, she’s hoping to get an opportunity with the league.
Megan Delay was among the youngest at the camp. The 20-year-old defender was entering her third year at Brock University when she decided to take a shot at joining the league.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Delay. “I didn’t think this would happen, yet here I am.”
Playing the game since the age of four, she’s among the players hoping for a larger opportunity.
It was the second camp for forward Emily Fluke, since graduating from Middlebury College in 2015 with a 34 goal-37 assist career. For Fluke, playing hockey is unlike any other professional career.
“I just don’t want to stop playing hockey. I’ve been out for two years and I still miss it. Just a chance to keep playing, and it’s the best league there is.
“I’m excited and there’s nothing to lose.”