Women’s Hockey Signs Six To NLI’s For 2016-17 Season

Jan. 7, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College head women’s ice hockey coach Bob Deraney announced the addition of six members to the 2016-17 roster. The class of 2020 will consist of two forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender.

The defensive core for the 2016-17 women’s hockey team will be solidified with the addition of Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia), Avery Fransoo (Battleford, Saskatchewan), and Rachel Rockwell (Broadview Heights, Ohio). Dove currently plays for the Pacific Steelers of the JWHL. Earlier this winter she also competed with Team British Columbia in Canada’s National Women’s U18 Championships in Huntsville, Ontario and in the 2015 Canada Winter Games in February of 2015. Fransoo currently plays for the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame Hounds of the JWHL. Dove and Fransoo were both part of the Pursuit of Excellence Academy (BC) prior to joining their current teams. Rockwell plays prep school hockey for the Williston Northampton School (Mass.) since the 2012-13 season and has been a big part of the school’s success under Head Coach Christa Syfu (PC ’02). Rockwell also plays her club hockey with Mid-Fairfield (CT).

Head Coach Bob Deraney said, “We are very excited about the addition to our defensive corps of Whitney, Avery, and Rachel. They bring a wealth of skill, compete, and toughness to our back end. All three are dynamic in their own way and will not only strengthen our team defense, but each player will add to our team’s offensive output.”

The 2016 class will also build on the growing depth at the forward position with the addition of Kathleen McHugh (Billerica, Mass.) and Neve Van Pelt (Mitchell, Ontario). McHugh currently plays for the Boston Shamrocks of the JWHL, primarily serving as a wing. Van Pelt is a center for the Toronto Jr. Aeros of the PWHL. Prior to joining the Aeros this season, Van Pelt competed with the Midget AA Saugeen-Maitland Lightning of the LLFHL.



Deraney added, “With the addition of Kathleen and Neve we add depth, skill, and speed to our forward position. Kathleen brings speed with a very good shot and release, while Neve is a very deceptive player that possesses the puck often and the ability to make her line mates better.”

Clare Minnerath (Sartell, Minn.) rounds out the class. Minnerath is a goaltender competing for the joint high school team of Sartell/Sauk Rapids in Minnesota. In addition to the high school season, she backstops the Minnesota Blades club team.

“Clare’s compete level is off the charts and to be successful at the Division I level, our goaltenders must be hard-nosed competitors and be very effective at keeping that mind set. Clare is that type of player and will give us quality depth at this very important position,” Deraney elaborated.

“We could not be more excited about adding these six quality student athletes and their families into our Friar Family. We expect them all to make immediate contributions to our team from the very beginning of season next year,” Deraney concluded.

--Go Friars--

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