Hockey star Kelli Stack has re-signed with the Connecticut Whale for the 2016-17 season. Stack, who graduated from BC in 2011, signed a one-year, $26,000 deal with the Whale.
Stack joined the Whale last season after spending 4 year with the Boston Blades in the CWHL. She recorded 22 points during the regular season last year, and scored two playoff goals. In addition to being the Whale's leading point scoring last season, Stack led the team with 14 assists. Stack had the third most points and third most assists in the NWHL in 2015-16, behind Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker, both of the Boston Pride.
While at BC, Stack was an important offensive presence. As a senior, she scored 36 goals in 36 games. She had her most productive season as a junior, when she recorded 59 points. Stack joins fellow BC alums Kaliya Johnson and Meagan Mangene on the Whale.
Stack has also played in many international competitions, and has two Olympic silver medals. During the Sochi Olympics. Stack also gained publicity for adopting a Sochi dog.
Stack should be a very important part of Connecticut's attempts to win their first Isobel Cup, and was likely one of their top priorities when re-signing players.
Update, 7/31 at 5:03 PM: According to agent Brant Feldman, Stack's signing is not official, despite the NWHL press release.
#KelliStack is NOT signed yet for CT Whale in the #NWHL. Contracts are tentatively agreed to but all players salaries needed to be confirmed— Sen. Brant Feldman (@AGMSports) July 31, 2016
Update, 7/31 at 11:17 PM: Stack and other USWNT players all tweeted out this same statement:
We look forward to signing our contracts this week and helping advance the league to new heights in our second season.— Kelli Stack (@kstack16) August 1, 2016