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Connecticut Whale Kelly Babstock and NY Riveters Ashley Johnston named to All Star Game


The New York Riveters captain, Ashley Johnston and Connecticut Whale forward, Kelly Babstock were
chosen by members of the National Women’s Hockey League members of the media to be a part of the
All-Star Game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The league made the announcement on Friday morning that both players were the nominees of the
select panel of reporters.
Johnston, joins her teammates, Rebecca Russo, Madison Packer and Amanda Kessel as they will
represent the Riveters at the all-star festivities at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry
Township, during the weekend of February 11th and 12th.
Johnston regarded as one of the top defenders in the NWHL, along with Babstock, are both Canadian
hockey stars that played collegiately in the United States. Babstock played for Quinnipiac University,
while Johnston stared for Union College.
Babstock’s six goals and six assists for the Whale, leads the NWHL in scoring.
Fifteen members of the press cast their votes for the two players they felt were deserving of an all-stsar
nod. Babstock and Johnston received the two top votes. Eleven other players also received at least one
vote from the members of the media. Nicole Stock of the Whale and Emily Janiga and Shiann Darkangelo
of the Buffalo Beauts received strong consideration from the media.
The all-star captains, Kelley Steadman of the Beauts and Kessel will now choose eight players each
before the coaches get to pick the last four all-stars to round out the rosters. The complete rosters are
scheduled to be announced by the end of next week.
The NWHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on February 11th at 4PM with the NWHL All-Star
Game facing off at 3PM on February 12th. Tickets are available to both events at

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