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Connecticut Native Bray Ketchum Takes Over the Whale as General Manager

By NWHL.zone Staff, 04/30/19, 4:30PM EDT

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The National Women’s Hockey League is proud to announce that Bray Ketchum, the highly-respected forward out of Yale who played in the first three seasons of the league with the Riveters and won the Isobel Cup in 2018, has been named general manager of the Connecticut Whale.

“I am honored for the opportunity to represent the Connecticut Whale and the NWHL,” said Ketchum, a native of Greenwich, Conn. “I have been passionate about women’s hockey my entire life and I am confident this is going to be an incredible year for the sport. The NWHL provided me with three of the best years of my playing career and I am excited to support those players who are now living their dream.”

Ketchum spent the last three years as Co-Founder and Head of Sales and Partnerships at Upwild, a beverage company she started with her brother. She plans to take the business knowledge and lessons learned from a start-up environment into her role at the CT Whale. 

“I look forward to collaborating with everyone in the NWHL to make sure this league continues its success and that we provide our amazing fans the talent they want to see,” said Ketchum. “Season 5 is going to be great. Now, let’s bring Isobel to the CT Whale!”

In 51 games with the Riveters from 2015 - 2018, Ketchum had 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points. Prior to the start of the NWHL in 2015-16, Ketchum played two seasons with the Boston Blades of the CWHL and won the Clarkson Cup in her final season in Boston.

At Yale from 2007 – 2011, Ketchum played 117 games and had 41 goals and 43 assists for 84 points. She remains involved with the university as co-President of the Yale Hockey Association and is co-founder and director of the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, in honor of her college teammate. Prior to Yale, Ketchum played youth hockey for the Greenwich Skating Club, the Connecticut Stars, and Greenwich Academy.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)

​Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters (2018 champions), and Minnesota Whitecaps. For more information, please visit NWHL.zone and follow the league on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @NWHL.