On August 24th, Philadelphia-born defender Cassie Dunne signed with the Connecticut Whale after demonstrating a strong performance at the NWHL Free Agent Camp.
Dunne played for Penn State’s ACHA team for four years prior to graduating in the spring. She also led the U.S. Women’s National University team to win the bronze at the 2017 Winter World University Games as co-captain of the team.
“I’m honored to sign with the Whale and join a league whose commitment to growing the game is one that I wholeheartedly share,” said Dunne in the press release. “There is so much potential for the Whale this season. I’m excited to join Coach Ryan Equale in his first season and see how we grow as a team.”
— Penn State WIHC (@psuwihc) August 24, 2017
“I’m thrilled for Cassie,” said Penn State head coach Patrick Fung. “It’s been a pleasure watching her grow as a hockey player, and more importantly as a person. Now it’s time for her to get to work once again and make the most of this opportunity she’s been blessed with. I can’t wait to see this next chapter for her in the NWHL.”
Dunne grew up learning the game with the Princeton Tiger Lilies as a kid and also played on the boys’ team in high school. “Growing up in Philadelphia, there wasn’t much ice hockey specifically for a girl,” she said.
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In 2017, she was named ECWHL First Team All-Conference and ACHA Academic All-American. Outside of the sport, Dunne is using her degree of Public Relations and Business by working as a communications coordinator for Comcast.