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And so it begins: former Boston Blades in attendance at Connecticut Whale tryout camp

The first of four NWHL camps wrapped up this weekend, and a few pieces of the Boston Blades roster were in attendance

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Outlook Hockey has the full roster from the Connecticut Whale tryout camp, which was held this weekend in Stamford.  A total of seven players are on the roster who have played for the Boston Blades, though Sam Faber and Micaela Long haven't played for Boston or the CWHL since 2011, and Anya Battaglino played 13 games in the 2013-14 season.  Nicole Stock only dressed for three games this season for the Blades, getting one start.

The most notable former Boston CWHL players on the roster are Bray Ketchum, a valuable depth forward during the regular season for the Blades, and Janine Weber, the rookie who beat Charline Labonté to win the Clarkson Cup in overtime.

The roster also includes some prominent names from the most recent graduating classes of several NCAA Division I schools, and some who graduated a few years ago.  While there are a handful of players who didn't, the majority of the roster developed in New England-based college hockey programs, including Quinnipiac and Yale in Connecticut.

Watch This Hockey has a brief scouting report on their site, highlighting players who stood out in the two-day camp.

While I can't be certain of CWHL contract situations (having not received official comment on the matter), any player who played for the CWHL during the 2014-15 season is potentially under contract.  Kaleigh Fratkin's appearance is notable since she is Canadian, though not one of the higher profile Canadian players in the sport.  She attended Boston University as an undergraduate, though she is from Burnaby, British Columbia.  Janine Weber is an Austrian national who attended Providence College.  Ketchum (Yale '11) and Stock (Brown '09), however, are both Americans who are already local to New England.  Ketchum is from Greenwich, CT.  Stock is from Buffalo Grove, IL, but she attended high school at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT and is their current head coach of girls' lacrosse.

The Boston Pride camp is this upcoming weekend (May 16 and 17) at Ristuccia, and I should be there to provide details and do a scouting report of my own.  According to the NWHL's PR folks, the camps are open to the public, so if you can get out to one, the more the merrier.  The New York Riveters camp is also this weekend at Twin Rinks Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY.  The camps conclude with the Buffalo Beauts holding theirs on May 23 and 24 at HarborCenter in Buffalo.