PHOTO CRED: Michael Hertzel
The NWHL has named Kelli Stack of the Connecticut Whale as the league’s Player of the Week. Stack had four points on one goal and three assists in the Whale’s 7-5 win over the Buffalo Beauts on Sunday.
Stack has a pedigree for awards after stacking her trophy shelves at Boston College, where she was a two-time second-team All-American, as well as Hockey East’s first ever three-time Player of the Year winner. She is also first all time in goals scored in the Hockey East Conference.
Stack has been sensational this year so far for Connecticut, with one goal and four assists in three games. Her stats are good enough for sixth in the league in total points, as well as tied for first in assists. She also has won 47 face-offs this year, tied for first in the NWHL while leading the league in win percentage among those with at least 50 draws in the dot.
Stack was also a star last season for the Whale, finishing top on the team in points and assists while finishing third in the league in both categories. She held a stat line of 8 goals and 14 assists. She also had the most shots on net on the Whale— fourth in the league— with 83. She is also a well-noted face-off specialist, winning 285 over the 2015-2016 season, more than 107 more than the second place finisher.
The Whale now have taken two out of three Player of the Week awards this season after Haley Skarupa earned the award in week one.