PHOTO BY BRYAN JOHNSON
Jordan Brickner, an original member of the Connecticut Whale and NWHL, has re-signed with the team for a fifth season.
“I am happy to be able to continue to play the sport that I love,” said Brickner. "I have been a member of the NWHL, specifically the Whale, for all four seasons, and am looking forward to season 5. A lot of positive strides have been made in the offseason so far, and I think it is important to continue building towards more successes.”
Brickner has made her home on the Whale blue line over the past four seasons. In 68 games played, she’s recorded two goals and 21 assists, including 12 helpers in the NWHL’s inaugural season, helping the Whale to a franchise-best 13-5 record that year. Brickner was also selected for the 2017 NWHL All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.
“I take pride in my ability to defend and am personally looking to contribute more in the offensive zone this upcoming season,” said Brickner.
She began her collegiate career at Colgate before transferring to Wisconsin. In 137 collegiate games, she finished with 12 goals and 30 assists. She had a plus-47 mark across her two seasons with the Badgers. In both of her seasons at Wisconsin, she finished as the only Badger to play every game without being whistled for a penalty.
A native of Lake Forest, Illinois, Brickner played four years of hockey at the Hotchkiss School, captaining the team as a senior. She also spent four seasons with the Mid-Fairfield Stars, helping lead the Stars to a New England district title and a third-place finish at USA Hockey Nationals.
"Jordan is one of the most solid defenders in the league,” said Bray Ketchum, general manager of the Whale. “I know she is respected by her teammates and will bring her best every time she steps on the ice. We are thrilled to have Jordan back for a fifth season."
In addition to playing for the Whale, Brickner coaches several hockey teams and provides skill instruction. She is also getting married in September.
“As a team and an organization, the ultimate goal is to win the championship,” said Brickner. “I am looking forward to making this the most successful season for the Whale to date.”