Cydney Roesler Named Assistant Coach

August 20, 2018 - National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) - Connecticut Whale News Release

Cydney Roeslerof the Connecticut Whale will wear two hats for her club in the upcoming season. In addition to being a defender, the 24-year-old Roesler will be an assistant coach for the Whale. Last year, she served as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, Quinnipiac University.

"I'm really looking forward to this new opportunity as player-assistant coach of the Whale," said Roesler. "Coaching is something I'm passionate about, and to have the opportunity to do it at the professional level is an honor and really exciting! The league is going to be so strong this season. I feel very fortunate to be with the Whale and the NWHL again to help continue to grow this game.

"The role will be different for me, but I believe I can adjust well to support the other players and Head Coach Ryan Equale to reach our goal of winning the organization's first championship."

As a player in the NWHL over the last two seasons, the defender has scored 2 goals and added 9 assists for 11 points in 31 games. A native of Stittsville, Ontario and four-year player in the Ottawa Junior Senators girls' hockey program, Roesler played 141 games over four years at Quinnipiac before turning pro in 2016. In international play with Team Canada, she won gold at the 2012 Women's Under-18 World Championship, leading all defenders in goals with three.

In May, Equale spoke of the attributes of his new assistant coach.

"Cyd would be a great role model even if she never played a shift of hockey," said Equale. "She is a genuinely kind and thoughtful person. She has a good heart and spirit."

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to add Cyd to the coaching staff of the CT Whale. The departure of Sara Ugalde left a void that needed to be filled by the right candidate and Cyd more than meets the criteria I look for in a coach. Cyd has a high Hockey IQ, a strong level of commitment, solid communication skills and understands the needs of the team and the players as well as anyone in the league. In addition, the experience Cyd has received as a coach at Quinnipiac University will benefit all of our players, especially the large number of first and second year players we have on our roster.

"The support from Dani Rylan and Hayley Moore on this decision was overwhelming. To my knowledge, Cyd will be the first official Player/Coach in the NWHL and we feel confident that this will be a very positive experience for the CT Whale players this season.

'There are so many talented women on the ice in this league, while the primary goal is to assemble the best team to compete for and win the Isobel Cup. There is also a goal to have a diverse coaching staff and provide opportunities for women that have the skill sets needed to be effective behind the bench as well."

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