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Grace Klienbach, Sarah Schwenzfeier and Laurel Hill Re-Sign with Whale

July 17, 2020 - National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) - Connecticut Whale News Release

DANBURY, CT - The Connecticut Whale have finalized the signing of three valuable returning players for next season: 2020 NWHL All-Star Grace Klienbach, forward Sarah Schwenzfeier, and defender Laurel Hill.

"We expect this trio to be big contributors on the Whale this season," said Connecticut GM Bray Ketchum. "Grace and Sarah have experience on the big stage in the NWHL and are both coming off their best seasons with us. Laurel gave us a glimpse of her potential after she joined us midseason. Her size, consistency and work ethic make her a valuable asset on defense. Welcome back to the Pod - Grace, Sarah and Laurel!"

The fast, talented and tenacious Klienbach earned selection to the 2020 NWHL All-Star in Boston as a result of her effective all-zone play at forward for Coach Colton Orr's team. The Florida native had one goal and seven assists in the regular season, and scored a goal in the Isobel Cup Playoffs. Klienbach previously appeared in 13 games for the Whale in 2017-18.

Before the pros, Klienbach played four seasons at Neumann University and served as an assistant captain. In 100 games with the Knights, she was 21-30-51 and finished second on the team in points in her senior season.

Schwenzfeier is an outstanding forward who is utilized by the coaching staff in all situations. She was second last season on the Whale in goals (six) and tied for third in points (nine). The upcoming NWHL season will be her third with the Whale. At Norwich University, Schwenzfeier had 121 points in 119 games (54 goals, 67 assists). In 2017-18, she helped lead the Cadets to the national championship.

Hill, a 5-8 defender, appeared in seven games for the Whale after signing with the club in the second half of the 2019-20 season. She contributed significantly to Connecticut's strong play down the stretch. An Ontario native, Hill played two seasons for the Toronto Furies in the Canadian Women's Hockey League after four years at St. Norbert College.

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