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Team NWHL Q&A: Kelly Babstock – “It’s All for the Growth of the Game”

By Erica Ayala, 12/27/17, 2:01PM EST

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Kelly Babstock is from Mississauga, Ontario and played Division I hockey at Quinnipiac University. She remains the program leader in points (203), goals (95), assists (108), power play goals (19) and shorthanded goals (6). Babstock has been an integral part of the Connecticut Whale since the inaugural season and was voted into the NWHL All-Star Game last year. Babstock currently has 54 career points (28 goals and 26 assists) in three professional seasons.  

What is the impact of this opportunity for you and for the NWHL?

It’s a great opportunity. It’s fun to play against the highest level of players and going to Florida is going to be a great experience and great hockey. It’s always fun to compete. It’s all about competition for me. So I’m really excited for that. I love the game of hockey and this just extends my season a little longer and I’m really happy about that.

Are there NWHL players you’re excited to hit the ice with?

I’m excited to play with [Jillian] Dempsey. She’s a really good hockey player. I love the way she plays. She plays the game the right way and the right way to play hockey is by going hard. She’s hard to play against and it will be good to have her on my side this time [laughs].

What are your thoughts on the steps the league has taken this season?

At the end of the day, it’s all for the growth of the game and I show up and prepare for hockey games not playing just for myself but for something bigger than myself, and that’s the youth.  It was really great the Buffalo Sabres jumped on board by buying the Buffalo Beauts. It’s a huge step forward for women’s professional hockey. I just want to keep moving forward and this will be [another] good opportunity to go to Florida to play Team USA and show the many talents that are in our league and that’s it’s really good hockey. It should be a really good time and a good couple of games.