Photo By Michael Hetzel
Who: Sam Faber, Connecticut Whale captain, forward
All-Star Team: Team Leveille
NWHL experience: 3rd season from University of New Hampshire
2017-18 point production: 3rd on the Whale with 5 points (3g-2a)
Career rank: 5th all-time in Connecticut history with 19 points, 4th all-time with 9 goals
NWHL: How’d you find out that you’d be participating in the 2018 NWHL All-Star Game?
Sam Faber: I found out on Twitter, I was pretty surprised. Pleasantly surprised, to be honest, and I’m super excited for the opportunity to play with all of these great players in the league, and to go to Minnesota and have a great time.
NWHL: Did you have any idea that this might be a possibility?
Sam Faber: I wasn’t sure. I thought that it could be, but I wasn’t positive. I just keep trying to play hard this year and be a leader, pick this group up when needed; stuff like that. I’m really excited and I have to say I was surprised.
NWHL: As a player with the league since it’s inception is it safe to assume that this has a little more special meaning to you with being selected by your peers to be a part of this weekend?
Sam Faber: It’s definitely a huge honor and we’re excited to play alongside some of the Minnesota Whitecaps players too.
NWHL: For the Skills Competition day is there anything you’d like to participate in if you are asked? You seem like you’d be a perfect fit for the Accuracy Shooting event.
Sam Faber: (laughs) I’ll leave that one to Babs (Kelly Babstock), but I hope to be a part of the Shootout Competition. I like making moves and using my hands, so that’s what I’ll go for.
NWHL: Now if you do really well there, are you going to come back and brag to your teammates?
Sam Faber: (grins) I’ll probably keep it quiet, but we’ll see what happens.
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NWHL: Are you looking forward to maybe getting to know some of the players that you don’t know well but compete against every weekend?
Sam Faber: I’m looking forward to playing with and against all of the players that are going to the All-Star Game. I know a few of them from before this league and stuff like that so I’m excited to catch up with them off the ice too.
NWHL: The whole weekend is a showcase for the NWHL in a neutral market (albeit one that obviously knows hockey and women’s hockey), but how important do you think this is for professional women’s hockey?
Sam Faber: It’s a new facility and it’s exciting to showcase our talents to such a great state of hockey in Minnesota. I know they know women’s hockey well and there are a lot of Olympians from there as well, but for our league it’s important and hopefully, we can expand in the future.
NWHL: Two weeks ago you played in Pittsburgh which is also a neutral site, what were your impressions of the fan reception there?
Sam Faber: That was incredible, there were so many people there and I was honestly shocked because our game was at the same time as the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL playoff game. I’m thinking oh my god no one’s going to show up. It was amazing, there were so many fans and they were loud. Hopefully, there’s a team in there sometime soon also. We signed autographs for a good forty minutes afterward too - it was definitely humbling and pretty awesome.
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NWHL: Finally, before this season the Whale named you captain, what does that honor mean to you?
Sam Faber: It’s an incredible honor. I was an assistant captain in college, but I’ve never been a captain. So to be the captain of the Connecticut Whale, a team I’ve been with for the previous two years — being selected by my teammates, it was humbling and definitely an honor.