STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team received National Letters of Intent from five future student-athletes, as announced by head coach Chris MacKenzie Thursday. Savannah Bouzide, Carley Olivier, Natalie Snodgrass, Morgan Wabick and Taylor Wabick will join the Huskies for the 2017-18 season.
“We are excited to announce the signing of five future Huskies,” said MacKenzie, “Our coaching staff has done a great job of identifying the right type of people to join our program and we feel they will complement our returning core group of players.”
Of the five signees, three forwards and two defensemen highlight the additions to next year’s squad. See below for the full bios on each of the new Huskies.
Savannah Bouzide | Amherstburg, Ont. | Southwest Jr. Wildcats | 5’5 | F | L
Before UConn: Competed for Team Ontario Blue at the U-18 national championships…has led the team in scoring the past three seasons with a combined 44 goals, 33 assists for 77 points…a four-time WECSSA All-Star…nominated for a WESPY award for hockey in 2016…won WECSSA and SWOSSA in grade 10 and WECSSA in grade 11 for high school hockey…served as a captain in high school and was a two-time captain for the Southwest Wildcats of the PWHL…finished grades 9-11 on the honor role.
Personal: Savannah Bouzide…born in March of 1998…daughter of Susane Kranicz and Joe Bouzide…has an older brother, Joey.
Why she chose UConn: “Everyone was very welcoming and I immediately felt at home. The campus was beautiful and the coaching staff made me feel like Storrs was a place that I could be successful both on the ice and in the classroom.”
Carley Olivier | Sudbury, Ont. | KW Rangers | 5’5 | D | R
Before UConn: Competed with Team Ontario Blue in 2016…invited to the 2016 U-18 High Performance Camp…a gold medalist with the Sudbury Lady Wolves Midget AA team at the 2015 Esso Cup National Championship…named MVP of the 2015 Esso Cup semifinal game…helped her team to another gold medal at the 2015 OWHA Provincial Championship…2015 LLFHL Division Champions…invited to the OWHA U-16 High Performance camp…competed at the 2014 Ontario Winter Games with Team Birchard…an honor student.
Personal: Carley Olivier…born in May of 1999…daughter of Denise and Mark Olivier…has an older sister, Chelsey…plans to major in the speech and language pathology program.
Why she chose UConn: “I chose UConn because of how I felt when I visited the university. It felt like home!”
Natalie Snodgrass | Eagan, Minn. | Eastview Lightning | 5’6 | F | L
Before UConn: A two-time gold medalist for Team USA U-18…led Team USA in scoring at the 2016 World Championships and earned player of the game honors in the gold medal game…2016 USA Today First Team All-American…2016 St. Paul Pioneer Press Metro Player of the Year…2016 Minneapolis Star Tribune First Team All-Metro…earned All-State honors in 2016…a four-time All-Conference honoree…a two-time captain and four-time MVP for Eastview High School…All-Time leading scorer for Eastview…a two-time member of the Class AA state tournament team…a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Natalie Clair Snodgrass…born in December of 1998…daughter of Nancy and Joe Snodgrass…has an older sister, Emily, who played hockey at UConn from 2011-15, and an older brother, John.
Why she chose UConn: “I fell in love with the campus and team-spirited atmosphere. The coaching staff is unbelievable and I feel as if they will help me grow as a hockey player and as an individual.”
Morgan Wabick | Winnipeg, Manitoba | Balmoral Hall Blazers | 5’3 | F | L
Before UConn: Currently the leading scorer in the JWHL with the Balmoral Hall Blazers…was the fourth player to score four goals in a game at U-18 Nationals since 2007 and earned player of the game with Team Manitoba U-18 Hockey 2016… was a silver medalist with Team Manitoba at the 2015 U-18 Nationals…finished with a combined 106 points and +90 after her freshman, sophomore and junior years…named Shaftesbury Titans Prep Best Defensive Forward in 2015-16…led the team in scoring in 2015-16…named the Most Sportsmanlike Player in 2014-15… helped her team to the World Sports School Challenge Tournament Championship title and the Two Nations Tier 1 Elite U-19 League title in 2013-14…tallied the most points (47) and assists (35) as a rookie in 2013-14…finished grades 9, 10 and 11 with Academic Honors with Distinction…also played soccer in high school and helped her team to three City Championship titles…earned MVP for soccer in 2016.
Personal: Morgan Wabick…born in February of 1999…daughter of Roger and Michelle Wabick…has an older brother, Kyle, and a twin sister, Taylor, who also signed with the Huskies.
Why she chose UConn: “UConn is an institution of choice, both academically and athletically.”
Taylor Wabick | Winnipeg, Manitoba | Balmoral Hall Blazers | 5’4 | D | R
Before UConn: Currently sixth in overall scoring with the Balmoral Hall Blazers in the JWHL with 19 points in 14 games…served as assistant captain for Team Manitoba at the 2016 U-18 Nationals and notched the game-winning goal in the sixth round of a shootout to earn player of the game…was a silver medalist with Team Manitoba at the 2015 U-18 Nationals…the recipient of the Best Defenseman Award in 2015-16…was +77, the best plus/minus of any defenseman on her team entering her senior year…helped her team to the World Sports School Challenge Tournament Championship title and the Two Nations Tier 1 Elite U-19 League title in 2013-14…also played soccer at Shaftesbury Titans High School and helped her team to three City Championships…three-time MVP for Shaftesbury Titans soccer (2014-16)…earned Shaftesbury High School Academic Honors with Distinction 2013-16.
Personal: Taylor Wabick…born in February of 1999…daughter of Roger and Michelle Wabick…has an older brother, Kyle, and a twin sister, Morgan, who also signed with the Huskies.
Why she chose UConn: “UConn will give me the best opportunity to further my academic and athletic experience.”