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Two Former Huskies Drafted into CWHL

Aug. 22, 2016

BOSTON – Former Huskies Cassandra Opela (Penfield, N.Y.) and Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.), who both graduated this past May, were drafted by the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) as announced by the organization Sunday.

The Blades’ General Manager, Krista Patronick, drafted Opela in the third round and Zimmer went in the sixth.

“These players will provide the Blades with much needed depth, both up front and in the defensive zone,” said Patronick. “This draft class has a lot of speed and the ability to score. I’m looking forward to seeing how well they’ll work together.”

Opela, who saw action in 99 games during her time at UConn, received her Bachelor’s degree in communications. She finished her career as a Husky with three career assists.

Zimmer earned two degrees as a biological sciences and molecular cell biology double honors major. She played in 143 games in her four-year career, recording 33 points overall.

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