Meghan Huertas skating with the puck in a game vs the Beauts. Photo By: Michael Hertzel
BROOKLYN, NY – The Connecticut Whale have fortified their roster with the signing of three new players: goalie Keira Goin and forwards Jamie Goldsmith and Grace Klienbach; and re-signing of forward Meghan Huertas and goaltender Laura Brennan.
Goldsmith, who is girls’ hockey coach and works in admissions at The Gunnery prep school in Washington, Conn., was 9-17-26 over 129 games at St. Lawrence from 2009-20013.
“I feel privileged to be joining the Whale this season,” said Goldsmith. “I am fulfilling the dreams of my ten-year-old self and am thankful for the women who came before me and blazed a trail for women's professional hockey. By joining the league, I feel a great sense of responsibility to continue to carry that torch. With the group we have in the Whale locker room, I fully expect us to have great chemistry off the ice and know that product will carry itself on to the ice.”
Goin graduated this spring from Utica, where over four seasons she was 40-21-6 with a 1.82 GAA and .932 save percentage. She impressed at the NWHL Free Agent Camp, earning her a contract. Goin studied Public Relations and Sports Communication at college; you may have heard her do this internship exit-interview on the radio about her NWHL hopes. While playing for the Whale, she will be working for MLB Advanced Media in Secaucus, NJ and coaching hockey.
“Words can't do justice to what I’m feeling, especially having thought that my playing career was over before the NWHL provided women with opportunities,” said Goin, a native of Westchester, NY. “I couldn't be more excited to continue playing hockey and to do it with the CT Whale.”
The Florida-raised Huertas, 25, joined the Whale in the middle of last season and had a goal and 3 assists over 9 games. Huertas played two seasons at Vermont before finishing her collegiate career with two seasons at Minnesota-Duluth.
“It’s an honor to represent the UMD Bulldogs at the next level,” said Huertas, who is studying for the MCAT while playing for the Whale. “It’s thrilling to be part of the NWHL, which has given me and so many others the opportunity to continue our hockey careers after college at such a competitive level.”
The 32-year-old Brennan, who played collegiately at Minnesota State before transferring to Quinnipiac, was a backup goalie with the Whale last season. Klienbach played the last four seasons at Neumann. The 5-7 forward from Florida had her best season in 2016-17, when she was captain and was 14-15-29 in 25 games.