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U.S. Olympians Lee Stecklein & Dani Cameranesi Join Coaching Staff

By Admin, 06/14/21, 3:45PM EDT


Boston, MA-   The Boston Lady Whalers program is humbled to announce that U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists, Lee Stecklein and Dani Cameranesi, have been added to our coaching staff effective immediately, and will be joining our teams at the North American Female Elite Showcase (ORION Series event) later this week in Blaine, Minnesota. 


“Earlier this month, we were eager to share with our players and families that Hannah Brandt would be joining our staff.  With the addition of both Lee Stecklein and Dani Cameranesi to our staff this week, we feel strongly that this is another monumental step in the direction that we have envisioned our program heading towards.  We are very excited for our Boston Lady Whalers players to learn from some of the most talented and intelligent players that I have ever played with.  When Mike and I sat down years ago and mapped out our goals, intentions, and mission statement for the Boston Lady Whalers program, we agreed that it was imperative that everything revolve around providing our players with direct access to the mentors living out the dreams that our girls are chasing after.  I'm very grateful for Hannah, Lee, and Dani's desire to become involved in our program, and help mold the next generation women's hockey players," said Boston Lady Whalers Director, Dana Trivigno

"For our players to be granted the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of three of the most accomplished hockey players on the planet in Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, and Lee Stecklein, is surreal. We've been fortunate to have coaches such as Haley Skarupa (who has been with us since the inception of our Lady Whalers program 7 years ago), Megan Keller (who also has an Olympic Gold Medal), Andie Anastos, Alyssa Gagliardi, Makenna Newkirk - the list goes on; and this group of exemplary women is both unprecedented and unrivaled.  It truly is a privilege to witness the pairing & bond between the women who are trailblazing the future of female hockey today, and our players who will reap the benefits of their coaches' sacrifices tomorrow as they follow the yellow brick road currently being sculpted for them.  Dana and I could not be more appreciative with how much we value our staff's willingness to be a part of our players' careers moving forward," said  Mike Cusack

To Learn more about Coach Lee & Coach Dani, and their countless accomplishments, please see the bullet points below:


Coach Lee Stecklein -

  • Represented the U.S. in two Olympic Winter Games (gold - 2018, silver-2014)
  • As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, has earned a spot on seven International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship teams (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021) and played in five (gold-2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), as well as four Four Nations Cups (1st-2017, 2016; 2nd-2014; 3rd-2013)
  • Additionally, has played in two IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships (gold-2011; silver-2012), as well as three Under-22 Series vs. Canada (2012, 2014, 2015) and two Under-18 Series vs. Canada (2010, 2011)
  • Has represented the U.S. in various other international events, including the 2019-20 Rivalry Series, 2019 Rivalry Series, and The Time Is Now Tour, presented by Toyota (2017)
  • Helped the University of Minnesota to three national championships (2013, 2015, 2016) 
  • Scored the game-winning goal as the Minnesota Whitecaps claimed the 2019 Isobel Cup
  • Won the 2016 Patty Berg Legacy Award
  • Earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor
  • Was a three-time All-American
  • Was an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee
  • Led her high school team to the Suburban East Conference championships four times, and a Minnesota state championship title in 2010


Coach Dani Cameranesi -

  • Represented the U.S. in one Olympic Winter Games (2018-Gold)
  • As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, has earned a spot on four International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship teams (2015, 2019, 2020, 2021) and played in two (gold-2015, 2019), as well as three Four Nations Cups (1st-2017, 2018; 2nd-2014)
  • Additionally, has played in two IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships (silver-2012, 2013), two Under-22 Series vs. Canada (2014, 2015) and two Under-18 Series vs. Canada (2011, 2012)
  • Represented the U.S. in various other international events, including the 2019 Rivalry Series, 2019-20 Rivalry Series, and The Time Is Now Tour, presented by Toyota (2017)
  • Helped the University of Minnesota to two national championships (2015, 2016)
  • Was twice named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist (2015, 2016)
  • In college, was named 2014 WCHA Rookie of the Year and National Rookie of the Year; was the 2016 WCHA scoring champion; and a two-time All-American in 2015 and 2016


Welcome to the family, Coach Stecklein & Coach Cameranesi!!