Nina Danforth skating for Franklin Pierce
Former Trumbull High girls hockey star Nina Danforth has taken her game to the campus of Franklin Pierce in Rindge, New Hampshire.
Danforth also made the woman’s lacrosse team as a walk-on and will be a two-sport athlete for the Division II Ravens.
While playing for the Trumbull Eagles, Danforth was recruited by several Division I-Division III schools, before she chose the pristine campus in the mountains of New Hampshire.
“I settled on Franklin Pierce because they carried my major in Health Sciences,” said Danforth. “And when I saw the place I just fell in love with it. It’s a beautiful campus with breath-taking views of the mountains and a lake, which is right on campus where we can play pond hockey in the winter. It’s the perfect place for me.”
Danforth comes to the Ravens with a wealth of experience, having played for eight years beginning with the Wonderland Wizards.
Then came the Southern Connecticut All-Stars, the Mid-Fairfield Stars and the Connecticut Polar Bears out of the North American Hockey Academy. She also played for Team Canada West at the USA Hockey Nationals.
Danforth played all four years of high school with the Trumbull Eagles, and was the teams MVP in her junior year as a captain earning All-FCIAC second-team honors.
As a senior captain, she earned All-FCIAC first-team honors after scoring 26 goals and lending 26 assists, giving her a career total of 73 goals and 76 assists.
“From the first time Nina stepped on the ice for Trumbull High School, I knew she was going to be an impact player,” said Trumbull head coach Paula Dady.
“I have enjoyed watching her grow as a hockey player and a natural leader. Nina just loved helping her fellow teammates improve on their hockey skills, while constantly improving her own game.”
Franklin Pierce went 7-14 last year in their first season of varsity hockey under the direction of head coach Dave Stockdale.
“The most important aspect I’ve developed as a player from youth hockey through high school was to always keep a positive outlook,” said Danforth. “I’m always of the mindset that if I play my very best during practice and in games that good things will happen.”
“I have always worked hard to improve my game because in the end it would not only better myself but the players around me.
“Playing on the travel teams helped me be a faster player. I often skated with the boys teams in junior hockey to learn how to be a faster player. It has allowed me to become ready to compete at the collegiate level.”
The Ravens are off to a 3-1 start.