In an announcement this evening, the NWHL informed the public of the first trade in league history. Previously, it had been reported that there would not be trades during the season, as part of the signing process was to take living situations into consideration.
Nevertheless, the New York Riveters have traded goaltender Shenae Lundberg to the Connecticut Whale in exchange for goaltender Chelsea Laden.
Shenae Lundberg appeared in one game for the Riveters, on October 18 in relief, and surrendered 4 goals on 32 shots in 28:56 of ice time. She has recently battled a twisted ankle, and returned to the ice in early December. Chelsea Laden has appeared in one game for Connecticut, also on October 18, playing all 60 minutes, and surrendering 2 goals on 38 shots. Laden, like Lundberg, also battled an injury, as she suffered a broken finger.
At face value, this trade is a win for both teams. Both Lundberg and Laden are capable goalies who will certainly add depth to their new teams. Both players served as the third goalie on their respective teams, with Nana Fujimoto and Jenny Scrivens above Lundberg on the Riveters' depth chart, and Jaimie Leonoff and Nicole Stock above Laden.
Laden is due to report to the Riveters' next practice, 10:00 pm Wednesday night.