August 20, 2018– Selected by the Connecticut Whale with the 17th pick in the 2017 NWHL Draft last August, forward Nina Rodgers will begin her professional career with the club this season. The 22-year-old forward was a two-time NCAA champion with the University of Minnesota in 2015 and 2016, and played the last two years at Boston University.
“Looking back and realizing that I’ve been given this opportunity to live out my childhood dreams is a pretty remarkable thing,” said Rodgers, a native of Minnetonka, Minnesota. “I just can’t wait to see how the sport of women’s hockey continues to grow, and I hope to contribute to that in any way, shape, or form.”
As a junior at Boston University, the 5-5 forward scored 11 goals and added 20 assists for 31 points in 37 games. She was named Hockey East Player of the Week on Nov. 28, 2016 after notching a goal and 5 assists over three BU wins – two against Princeton and one at Harvard. She played 146 games over her four-season collegiate career at Minnesota and BU and was 26-30-56.
“Nina is an excellent player who will have the opportunity to play a major role on our team this season and for years to come,” said Connecticut head coach Ryan Equale. “We’re very proud to have someone of her talent and character join the Connecticut Whale organization. The coaching staff is really looking forward to working with her.”
Prior to college, Rodgers was a member of the U.S. National U-18 team in 2013 and 2014.
“My hope is to contribute to the team’s success by creating good scoring opportunities and supporting my teammates on and off the ice,” said Rodgers. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue my hockey career post-graduation and proud to play for the CT Whale.”