July 6, 2018– In finalizing their first signings for the 2018-19 season, the Connecticut Whale have brought back Emily Fluke, the team’s leading scorer; and Rachael Ade, a key defender who was a recipient of the NWHL Foundation Award last season. Both players also finished in the top ten among all NWHL players last season in apparel sales.
Fluke had 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points in 16 games to lead the Whale last season, her first in the NWHL. She also was 7thin the league in apparel sales. As a senior with Middlebury College, Fluke was honored in 2015 as a CCM First-Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association and was also named the New England Hockey Writers Association's Division II-III Women's Player of the Year and the NESCAC Player of the Year. For her collegiate career, she was 54-61-115.Fluke, who attended the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn., was captain of the ice hockey, field hockey and lacrosse teams during her senior year.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be playing in the NWHL and for the CT Whale again,” said Fluke. “I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to play in Season 3 and knew as soon as it ended that I wanted to play another season. Being able to share this journey with our incredible fans, teammates, coaches, and my family make it all the more special and I can’t wait to be back on the ice with the team. The NWHL is filled with incredibly talented players and I’m looking forward to competing at a high level for a second season.”
Ade also made a strong impression as a rookie last season, playing solid defense while contributing 2 assists over 16 games. Ade received the NWHL Foundation Award, which goes to the players that most actively apply the core values of hockey to her community, and she was tenth among all NWHL players in apparel sales.Originally from Davenport, Fla., Ade later developed her game in the Boston Shamrocks youth program before playing collegiately at Vermont. Over four college seasons, the defender had 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 143 games.
“I’m very excited to be back with the Whale again this season, and I am looking forward to what this new season will bring for both our team, the league and women’s hockey in general. The addition of the new team in Minnesota, and some of the signings that have already happened, has really set a great tone for this year, and it also presents a lot of opportunities. As always, I appreciate the fans and their support so much, as without it this would not continue to be possible, and it only seems to get better each and every day. Also, thank you to my family, friends, coaches, and my company for all playing a part in my ability to re-sign this year. I honestly cannot wait for October. Fins Up!”