Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey's Kate Wheeler and Chelsea Illchuk Sign with Austria's Neuberg Highlanders
HAMDEN, Conn. – Former Quinnipiac women's ice hockey assistant captain Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) and Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) have been signed by the Neuberg Highlanders of Austria's European Women's Hockey League (EWHL) Division II. The pair joins former Bobcat Kelley Davies who signed with Neuberg after completing her four-year career with Quinnipiac in 2011. Former Quinnipiac standouts Elyse Cole and Janine Duffy previously played for Neuberg.
"As an 18-year-old moving eight hours from home to play hockey was tough for me and I thought I never wanted to leave home again once I was done school," Wheeler said. "Well, four years later Chelsea and I are heading to Austria which is an eight hour flight away! It will be quite the experience and I am so thankful that two of my Quinnipiac teammates will be alongside throughout this exciting journey!"
Wheeler and Illchuk recently completed their four-year careers at Quinnipiac where they helped guide the Bobcats to 60 wins over the past three seasons, along with consecutive trips to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals.
In 2011-12, Wheeler amassed seven goals and six assists on the season. She finished her career with 24 goals and 36 assists, both ranking in the top 10 amongst former Quinnipiac players. Wheeler's standout season came in 2010-11 when she finished second on the team in points, compiling 12 goals and 17 assists, and was a three-time ECAC Hockey/MLX Skaters Player of the Week.
Illchuk signs with the Highlanders after finishing her career tied with teammate Bethany Dymarczyk for most games played (145) in program history. She finished her senior year with two goals and three assists, contributing 12 goals and 11 assists for her career.
The recent graduates join Davies overseas who finished her Quinnipiac career with 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points. Davies excelled in her first season with the Highlanders, tallying 20 goals and 10 assists in 11 games played. She finished the 2011-12 season leading her team with 30 points.
Neuberg plays in the Austria women's ice hockey Bundesliga (DEBL), which represents the upper league for women's ice hockey in Austria. The Highlanders play in an eight-team division, with the top finisher at the end of the regular season earning the right to play for the title of Austrian champion against the three top teams in the EWHL Division I.
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