Sam Faber deflecting puck towards Amanda Leveille of the Buffalo Beauts. Photo: Matt Raney
BROOKLYN, NY – Sam Faber, a star forward at the University of New Hampshire and former member of the U.S. National Team, is coming back for her third season with the Connecticut Whale.
“I couldn't hang up the skates when I heard the Whale were moving back to Stamford – the city where I live,” said Faber, 30. “I am super-excited to be back and have my friends and family come and watch me play another year. The hiring of [head coach] Ryan Equale also made my decision pretty easy. I have known Ryan for a while and not only does he know the game of hockey extremely well, but he is a great person and someone I truly look up to. It's time for the Isobel Cup to be in Connecticut.”
Faber, 30, has 6 goals and 8 assists for 14 points in 31 games over her first two seasons with the Whale. She starred at the University of New Hampshire from 2006-2009, going 77-112-189 in 143 games for a points-per-game average of 1.32. During the 2007–08 season, Faber scored an NCAA record 13 game-winning goals. The Long Island native also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2008 World Championship. She developed as a player in the boys’ program at Suffolk PAL and at Northwood School.
“[Northwood Coach] Tom Broderick really challenged me to be the best hockey player and person I could be on and off the ice,” said Faber. “I owe that man a lot of thanks for the career I have had.”
Additional comments from Sam Faber on her future and her family:
“Playing professional hockey has been a dream of mine. The best part of being in the NWHL is seeing the young girls at our games or around rinks in the area realizing they now have something to dream about. It's a very humbling experience and I want to do everything I can to continue to grow the sport that has given me so much in my life.
“So far in my career I have been a hockey director and coached at a ton of different levels, whether it's teams or private lessons. My goal is to someday be a scout because I truly believe in my hockey IQ and feel I could be an asset in finding talent.
“I lost my mom to cancer when I was 19 years old. Without the support of my friends and family I would not be where I am today. My mom was an amazing woman – the kindest person I have ever known. I want to personally thank my dad, my brother and the rest of my family and friends for always being there for me. Without you, I wouldn't have made it this far in my hockey career.”