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BROOKLYN, NY – This morning, three 2017 college graduates and Division I players signed contracts to join the NWHL for their rookie seasons in 2017-18.
The Boston Pride has signed forward Paige Savage from Northeastern. Rachael Ade, a defender from the University of Vermont, is joining the Connecticut Whale. The New York Riveters have signed Lindsey Hylwa, a forward and team captain with RPI.
In 149 games at Northeastern, Savage had 37 goals and 69 assists for 106 points. She represented the U.S. at the U18 World Championship in the Czech Republic, and was the captain and leading scorer of the NAHA U19 team when it won the Junior Women’s Hockey League in 2011-12. Savage was the 15th overall pick by Connecticut in the 2016 NWHL Draft, but has opted to sign with the Pride.
“After my time in Northeastern, Boston has become my home,” said Savage, whose family moved often when she was a child – including to Georgia and Texas. “I definitely am not ready to give up hockey, and the NWHL gives me a chance to pursue my dream. I also want to search for coaching opportunities in the area.”
Ade, originally from Davenport, Florida, later developed her game in the Boston Shamrocks youth program before attending Vermont. Over four college seasons, the defender had 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 143 games. Ade participated in the NWHL’s free agent camp last month in Boston. After majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics at college, she is pursuing a career in software development.
“This is a unique opportunity to be able to play the sport I love professionally, and to be a part of the NWHL while the league is growing and evolving,” said Ade. “It’s a little surreal that I get to be one of the athletes that shows my younger sisters this new, possible avenue.”
Hylwa, a 5-8 defensive forward, played 128 games over four seasons at RPI and was captain this past season. From Cary, North Carolina, Hylwa played in the girls’ programs of the Junior Carolina Hurricanes from 2007-2011. Next month, she starts work as a product consultant for Standard and Poor’s in Manhattan as she begins preparations for her rookie season with the Riveters.
“The last few weeks have been amazing,” said Hylwa, who played with Alexa Gruschow and Lauren Wash at RPI. “Things could not have worked out better.”