Brooke White-Lancette, the universally-respected player whose career has included years with the U.S. National Team program, Northeastern, and as an original member of the Minnesota Whitecaps, is returning to the Whitecaps for their second season in the NWHL and her 16th with the club.
“In our first year in the NWHL, we accomplished what we set out to do and couldn't have written a better script,” said White-Lancette, who has played with the Whitecaps since their inaugural season in 2004, taking breaks from the club to give birth to sons Blake (now 8 years old) and Beau (6).
She continued: “Nothing was better than seeing the smiling faces pressed up against the glass, signs for miles, the sold-out crowds every game and the enthusiasm of the packed house. Thanks to everyone who helped make our first season in the NWHL a success: the Whitecaps coaches, organization, and fans, along with the NWHL, the Minnesota Wild, TRIA, my teammates and my family.”
White-Lancette played at Northeastern from 1998-2003. She took a year off in 2000-2001 to join the U.S. National Team’s residency program in Lake Placid and play in the 2001 World Championships and pre-Olympic Tour. She also participated in several development camps for the national program. In 133 games over her four seasons at Northeastern, White-Lancette had 45 goals and 72 assists for 117 points.
“The impact the Whitecaps have had on the grassroots efforts of girls’ hockey in Minnesota the last 15 years has come to fruition and people now believe in our vision,” said White-Lancette. “The dream has become reality. Now young girls can actually envision themselves on the ice playing professional women's hockey. I am honored to play for the Whitecaps in our second NWHL season. I look forward to defending the title and keeping the Isobel Cup in Minnesota. Go Whitecaps!”
Said Jack Brodt, the co-founder and co-head coach of the Whitecaps: “We are delighted to welcome Brooke back for her 16th season with the Whitecaps. Brooke is a team leader on the ice and in the locker room. No player works harder or has a better attitude than Brooke.”