Photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity
BROOKLYN, NY – A standout two-way forward at Yale for four years from 2011-2015, Stephanie Mock is beginning her professional hockey career this upcoming season after signing a one-year deal with the Connecticut Whale.
“It is a great time to be a female hockey player,” said Mock, who was raised in Florida. “I am very excited to join the Whale next season and play in the great city of Stamford while living in New Haven. I couldn't be more excited about being a part of the NWHL and competing at the highest level.”
In 115 games over four seasons at Yale, the 5-4 forward had 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points. Her best season was as a senior, when she was 10-9-19 in 30 games. That year, she was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic team and was the winner of Yale’s Mandi Schwartz Award, given for courage, grit and determination. After graduating Yale in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and Pre-Med Studies, Mock moved to St. Louis.
“I saw that St. Louis was an incredible hub for women’s hockey and quickly found myself immersed in the women's hockey community,” said Mock.
She was an assistant coach of the Lindenwood-Belleville University women’s team, and coached at the USA Hockey Multi-District Camp last summer. Mock also coached a women's beginners-level team (the St. Louis Lyons) and played for the Midwest Mustangs.
“I have been wanting to play in the NWHL since its inaugural season,” said Mock. “It is a great league and I have enjoyed watching it grow. My acceptance into the Physician Assistant program at Yale has brought me back to New Haven and also given me the chance to pursue my dream of playing pro hockey.”
Mock played primarily on boys’ teams in Florida before moving to Connecticut to attend prep school and play at Hotchkiss. “As a small player on boys’ teams, I learned how to use my body and by the time I switched to girls’ hockey I felt confident,” said Mock. “I found myself with more time and space with the puck.”