Press release from Princeton Women's Hockey
Following a season in which both players were contributors to a program-record 26 wins, an ECAC tournament title and a second consecutive NCAA tournament bid, forward Carly Bullock and goalie Stephanie Neatby have signed with Swedish professional club Linköping HC.
Linköping is part of the 10-team Swedish Women's Hockey League, and the town of around 160,000 is located about 125 miles southwest of the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
The two Tigers ended accomplished careers in March with a win over No. 1 Cornell in the ECAC tournament final to win the program's first-ever ECAC tournament title and clinch a bid in the NCAA tournament. Princeton, which finished ranked sixth in the nation, was due to face third-seeded Northeastern in the NCAA quarterfinals six days after that win over Cornell, but the NCAA canceled the remainder of its championships for the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bullock ended her career with a fourth All-Ivy League honor and her second first-team recognition, a third All-ECAC honor and a first-time first-teamer, and one of three finalists for the ECAC's Best Forward award. She finished second in the nation in goals per game (0.91) and eighth in points per game (1.64) in a season that saw her score 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points, all career highs. Bullock's 30 goals made her the fifth player in program history to reach that number in a season, and her 95 career goals and 159 career points put her fifth and sixth in program history. No Princeton player has scored more goals in a career since 1997.
"The offensive part of my game has always been the best, but during my four years at Princeton, I have focused on improving my defensive game," Bullock said in an announcement on the team's site. "Stephanie and I wanted to do this trip together so when an organization like Linköping wanted us both, it was an easy choice."
Neatby finished her Tiger career third in goals-against average (1.82), tops in save percentage (.933), fourth in carreer saves (1,937), tied for fourth in career shutouts (12) and third in career wins (44). She was the 2017 ECAC Goalie of the Year, a two-time All-ECAC honoree, and a two-time All-Ivy player.
"I am very happy about the opportunity to cross the Atlantic and represent Linköping," Neatby said in an announcement on the team's site. "It will be the first time I've been back in Europe since I was three years old and I can hardly imagine a better country or city to come to."