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BROOKLYN, NY – After an impressive showing at the NWHL Free Agent Camp, Philadelphia-born defender Cassie Dunne has signed with the Connecticut Whale for the upcoming season.
Dunne graduated Penn State in the spring and played for the school’s ACHA team the last four years. She was also co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National University team that won bronze at the 2017 Winter World University Games.
“I’m honored to sign with the Whale and join a league whose commitment to growing the game is one that I wholeheartedly share,” said Dunne. “There is so much potential for the Whale this season. I’m excited to join Coach Ryan Equale in his first season and see how we grow as a team."
Dunne was 6-2-8 in 20 games with Penn State last season and 13-16-29 in 93 games for her college career. In 2017, she was named ECWHL First Team All-Conference and ACHA Academic All-American. The Lady Ice Lions advanced to the ACHA Division 2 national championship game in her freshman season, then earned a spot in the ACHA Division 1 national tournament in 2014-15.
"I'm thrilled for Cassie,” said Penn State head coach Patrick Fung. “It's been a pleasure watching her grow as a hockey player, and more importantly as a person. Now it's time for her to get to work once again and make the most of this opportunity she's been blessed with. I can't wait to see this next chapter for her in the NWHL."
Of her time at Penn State, Dunne said, “I will always be thankful to Pat and his commitment to helping me succeed. I will miss game nights in Pegula Ice Arena with my teammates, but will never forget the feeling of playing with ‘PENN STATE’ across my jersey. We Are.”
She developed in the Princeton Tiger Lilies girls’ program and played on the boys’ team in high school. “Growing up in Philadelphia, there wasn't much ice hockey specifically for a girl,” she said.
Dunne, who majored in Public Relations and minored in Business at Penn State, works as a communications coordinator for Comcast.