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NWHL announces first trade in league history

RIveters, Whale trade goalies.

The National Women’s Hockey League announced the first ever trade in league history Wednesday afternoon.

The New York Riveters acquired goaltender Chelsea Laden from the Connecticut Whale in exchange for goaltender Shenae Lundberg. Laden appeared in one game for the Whale, registering a 2.00 goals against average and .947 save percentage, while Lundberg has played 28:56 in a relief effort with an 8.29 GAA and .875 save percentage.

Lundberg a Peterborough, NH native graduated from Union College in 2015. Her four seasons at Union she became the all-time saves record holder with 3,023 saves. Over the course of her college career she amassed a 2.98 GAA. Last she put up a career high .918 save percentage and three shutouts for the Dutchwomen.

Laden from Lakeville, MN, posted staggering numbers in her four seasons with Quinnipiac University. She finished her college career with a .923 save percentage and a 1.56 GAA and 26 shutouts. Her best season was in 2014-2015 when she posted a 1.16 GAA and .930 save percentage with 16 shutouts. This past season, Laden received the East Coast Athletic Conference’s Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

Laden will report to the Riveters practice at 10:00 PM on Wednesday night, while Lundberg will report to the Whale’s practice at 10:00 PM on Thursday.

The NWHL is the first women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began this past October and the playoffs will conclude in March, when one of the four teams will raise the Isobel Cup as the NWHL Champion.

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