Assistant Coach Meneghin inks pact with Connecticut Whale (NWHL)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey assistant coach Kayla Meneghin has signed a professional ice hockey contract with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL).

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The recent SUNY Plattsburgh graduate joined the Saint Anselm staff in June 2018 after winning three NCAA Division III National Championships with the Cardinals. At Plattsburgh, Meneghin was a three-time CCM/AHCA All-America pick and helped the program to a dominant 107-8-5 overall record.

The NWHL enters its fourth season of competition next month as the Whale's season begins on Sunday, Oct. 2 against the Buffalo Beauts.

"It is important that we continue to create opportunities for women in sport," stated Kerstin Matthews, head coach of the Saint Anselm women's ice hockey team. "It is a great opportunity for Kayla to be a part of women's hockey history."

Meneghin tallied 188 points in her collegiate career (86-102=188), the fourth-highest total in Division III history. Her 102 assists stand as the second highest in Plattsburgh State program history and fifth highest in Division III.

She also has a long list of individual honors, including 2016 ECAC Women's West Player of the Year and 2017-18 New England Women's Hockey League Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Meneghin will make her collegiate coaching debut on Friday, Oct. 12 as the Hawks take on the Yale Bulldogs and Brown Bears in Providence, R.I.