Photo by: Michelle Jay
BROOKLYN, NY, May 22, 2017 – Shannon Doyle, who led Connecticut Whale defenders in points and blocked shots per game last season, has re-signed with the club for the 2017-18 season – her third in the NWHL.
“I am incredibly excited to be a part of the NWHL and the Whale for a third season,” said Doyle. “Seasons one and two were great learning experiences and saw the league grow and develop into the established franchise it is now. Season three brings with it new challenges and opportunities for us as players and ambassadors for the game. Being able to have the opportunity to play women's ice hockey at an elite level and be a role model that younger female athletes can look up to is a dream I am very thankful I can continue to live.”
The 5-foor-4 defender had 7 assists in 15 games with the Whale last season, after going 2-3-5 in 18 games with the club during the NWHL’s inaugural season. She played two years at Colgate, followed by two at Boston University. At BU, Doyle had 4 goals and 25 assists for 29 points in 36 games during her senior season.
The Ontario native was a member of gold medal-winning Team Canada at the U18 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Chicago. Next month, she will play center for Team Canada at the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation World Championships in the Czech Republic.
In addition to playing in the NWHL, Doyle, 25, is a second-grade co-teacher and the boys’ varsity hockey coach at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut. She also coaches a girls’ team out of the Greenwich Skating Club.
“Working with second graders this year has been so refreshing,” said Doyle. “They truly love to learn and are determined to face any academic challenges you may throw at them with a smile and a belief that they can solve it. The future for teaching for me hopefully leads me to the high school level. I would like to work with varsity girls’ hockey programs and teach English while being a part of a school community. I graduated from a prep school in Toronto and fell in love with the environment living and learning at the school produced for both the faculty and students."