STORRS, Conn. -- Former Husky Rachel Farrel was drafted into the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) by the Boston Blades on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.
Farrel skated in all 37 contests last season and finished with a career high seven assists. She totaled 38 shots in her senior season and 270 shots in her UConn career. In her four years at UConn, Farrel recorded 19 goals and 21 assists for a combined 40 points. Farrell graduated from UConn's nursing program last year.
The Cheshire, Conn. native said that joining the CWHL is a huge step in her hockey career that she originally did not think could be possible, "My dream as a child was always to play division 1 college hockey and I thought that would be the end of the road for my career but now having the opportunity to play professionally and further my career is incredible," she said.
Hockey has been in the Farrel family for generations, starting with her great grandfather who won a silver medal for the United States in the 1932 Olympics, then her grandfather who played at Colorado College, and then her dad who played at Merrimack.
"I know my dad is very excited that he will be able to continue to watch me play and when my grandma heard the news she called to say my great grandfather is surely looking down on me with a smile and extremely proud of what I have accomplished so far," Farrel said.
The five-foot-three forward said that her four years playing at UConn has definitely prepared her for this new level of play, ". I have learned a lot my past four years and the fast pace of college hockey I think has prepared me for this next step in my hockey career. I also think I faced a lot of adversity in my college career which I believe will definitely cary over to both my hockey career and in life," she said.
With all the excitement, also comes nerves. Farrel said that she is not entirely sure what to expect between joining a new league, meeting new teammates and playing for new coaches, "I'm not really sure what to expect from the league and that makes me a little nervous, but I would say I am much more excited than nervous. Once things get started I think the nerves will quickly pass and it will be an amazing experience all around," she said.
For more on the Boston Blades' 2015 draft class visit: http://boston.cwhl.ca/view/cwhlbostonblades/boston-blades-news/news_318923