BOSTON, Mass. – After a standout college career, recent graduate Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) signed her first professional contract with the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) as a member of the Connecticut Whale.
The Beacons top scorer for the last two seasons, Morrisette became the fourth Beacon in the last three seasons to play at the professional level. She joins Lizzy Aveson, Alexandra Karlis, and Jenny Currie as recent Beacons who have played in a professional women's hockey league.
"I was determined to prove I belonged in the NWHL at free agent camp, just as I'm sure everyone else was," said Morrisette. "I'm not a player everyone knows, so I almost felt like an underdog going into it. That gave me even more of a drive to make this league and show who I am and what I am about as a player."
Morrisette led the Beacons with 18 points (14-4-18 and 11-7-18, respectively) in each of her last two seasons. She earned back-to-back NEHC All-Conference honors, including a first-team nod in 2017-18, and became just the third player in program history to be named a New England Hockey Writers' Association All-Region selection.
In 2017-18, she tied for first in the nation with three shorthanded goals and was fifth with five game-winners. She finished her career with the Beacons with 59 points (35-24-59) in 100 games.
"Coming off a strong college career, Jane is ready to take the next step," said Whale general manager Bray Ketchum. "She is a tenacious forward with a wicked shot. I look forward to watching her grow as a player and know she will take advantage of all the NWHL has to offer. We are very excited to welcome Jane to the Whale."
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