HAMDEN, Conn. – Former Quinnipiac women's ice hockey defenseman and captain Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) and goalie Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) have signed with the Vienna Sabres of Austria's European Women's Hockey League (EWHL) Division I. The pair joins former Bobcats Kate Wheeler '12, Chelsea Illchuk '12 and Kelly Davies '11 out in Austria whom all play for the Neuberg Highlanders in the EWHL Division II.
"This is going to be an experience of a lifetime," Vigilanti said. "I wouldn't want to go with anyone else and I can't wait to travel while also playing the sport I love."
Boulton and Vigilanti recently completed their four-year careers at Quinnipiac where they helped guide the Bobcats to 80 wins over the past four seasons along with four consecutive trips to the ECAC Hockey Tournament after having never made it to the postseason before 2009 in program history.
In 2012-13, Boulton amassed six goals and 24 assists for a career-high 30 point season. She closed out her career as the second-leading scorer in program history with 77 points (24 goals, 53 assists) in 138 games played. Boulton is the highest scoring blue liner ever to lace it up for Quinnipiac and earned All-ECAC Second Team honors as well as an All-New England All-Star honor following her stellar senior campaign.
Vigilanti signs with the Sabres after finishing her career with her name entrenched across as the program's all-time leader in every goalie statistical category. She leaves Quinnipiac with the most career wins (71), saves (3257), games played (133), goals-against average (1.68), save percentage (.931) and shutouts (25). The 2012-13 marked a return to form for Vigilanti as the former ECAC Hockey Goalie and Rookie of the Year had a stellar senior season that earned her an All-ECAC Hockey Second Team distinction. She posted an 18-10-3 overall record with a 1.76 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and four shutouts on the year.
Both players had other options on the table as far as potential landing spots to play professional hockey but the chance to play alongside one another for at least one more season was an offer they couldn't refuse.
"I had other options such as playing for the Boston Blades in the CWHL or playing with Victoria in Australia as well as an opportunity to play over in Sweden but Austria seemed like the best fit for us," Boulton said. "We will be living in the city center of Vienna which has been ranked by Forbes as the number one place to live in the world for the last four years which will be exciting to be a part of. I didn't want to stop playing the sport I love and didn't' want to pass up an amazing opportunity to travel across the world with my best friend."
The new signees will be joining a talented Sabres team that plays in the top league in Austria and just won their 10th Austrian Championship this year. They will be leaving for Austria in mid-August for a tournament in the Czech Republic.
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