STORRS, Conn. – Three former members of the UConn women’s hockey team signed contracts to play in the Elite Women’s Hockey League overseas in Europe. Forward Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) will be joining the Bolzano Eagles in Bolzano, Italy, which is located in the Northeast tip of Italy. Fellow forwards Kayla Campero and Sarah MacDonnell will be playing for the ESC Planegg Penguins in Munich, Germany, which is located in the southeast region of Germany.
The Europe-bound trio finished off last season as the top-three leading scorers for the Huskies. Snodgrass led the team in goals, recording 15 goals with nine assists for a combined 24 points. She says she most excited for the travel aspect of her journey, because she has never been to Europe and says this is the best way she could ever imagine seeing it.
Although she is excited, Snodgrass says has some nerves to live in a foreign place, even though her fellow Huskies are just three hours away, “I'm most nervous to be headed to a country I've never been to alone. Luckily, there's another American-born player headed over as well, who's been in Bolzano for a few years. I'm lucky to have her as a resource,” she said.
MacDonnell, who led the team in points last season with 30, including 11 goals and 19 assists, said that she is excited to further her career, because she was not ready to give it up after college. “As a female hockey player, the options are limited after you finish your college career, so I couldn't be more excited to continue playing overseas next season. I don't think the three of us were ready to hang up the skates after the end of last year.” MacDonnell said.
Campero, who rounded out the leader-board finishing third last season with 22 points (11g, 11a), said that she is most excited to continue her hockey career while living with one of her best friends and traveling the world, “It's going to be very cool to travel throughout the countries so easily, and we can go see Emily whenever we want to as well. That being said, I'm also extremely nervous about learning the city and learning how to travel in Europe without a car or city experience,” she said.
Even with all the excitement of playing professionally overseas, all three players made sure to mention their experience at UConn and how it has prepared them for the season ahead.
“I think this opportunity is a great way to continue playing hockey. I'll miss playing at UConn, but it will be fun to have a chance to play professional hockey without the added pressure of classes on top of it. They say Students Today, Huskies Forever, and it's true.” Snodgrass said.
“It is weird not to be gearing up for another season in Storrs, but if this experience is anything like our time at UCONN it will be incredible.” MacDonnell said.
“I think this experience will just add on to my hockey experience at UConn. UConn shaped my style of play, I turned into a more competitive player, and I'm excited to see how I add up against players in Germany, including the German national team girls on our team.” Campero said.
Campero and MacDonnell are scheduled to leave Aug. 25 and Snodgrass is set to depart on Aug. 30.