UMD’s Flaherty signs with Minnesota Whitecaps, Soderberg to PHF’s Connecticut Whale

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On Tuesday former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) women’s hockey stars Maggie Flaherty and Emma Soderberg signed professional deals in the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF).

Flaherty finished 11th in the nation amongst blueliners in points last season with 25 and is now going pro in her home state. The Minnesota Whitecaps announced they signed the 22-year-old Lakeville, Minn. native to a one-year deal.

Last season the Bulldogs defender was named a Third Team All-WCHA star recording nine goals and 16 assists in 39 games. Flaherty becomes the fourth former Bullldog signed to the Whitecaps for the 2023-2024 season joining Sidney Morin, Anna Klein and Ashleigh Brykaliuk.

The PHF locked down another UMD great, as the Connecticut Whale signed goaltender Emma Soderberg to a two-year deal.

This past season she broke UMD women’s hockey’s single season shutout record with 12 and career shutout record with 23.

A 2022 Swedish Olympian and national team goalie Soderberg is also up for International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Female Player of the Year. The winner will be announced June 1.