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National Women’s Hockey League Concludes Annual Draft

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National Women’s Hockey League Concludes Annual Draft

The National Women’s Hockey League has wrapped up its annual draft. Seeing a total of 30 female players being selected by the league’s five member teams, the virtual event was streamed live on Twitch for the first time in league history.

Of the players chosen, 20 came from the United States, while seven were of Canadian descent. Three international players were selected from Russia, Czech Republic and England. Positionally, 16 forwards were taken, 13 defencemen and one goaltender made up the 30 choices.

In breaking down the province/state selections, Minnesota led the way with five players chosen, while Massachusetts, Michagan and New York each had three players taken. Three players came from Ontario, two came from Nova Scotia while one came from Alberta and British Columbia. No Manitobans were selected this time around.

19 NCAA Division I teams saw players picked, while three difference U-Sports programs and two NCAA Division III players heard their names called. The Toronto Six had a draft-high eight selections – including three in the opening round (No. 3, 4 and 5). The Buffalo Beauts made seven picks, while the Boston Pride had just two selections. Minnesota (five), Connecticut (four) and Metropolitan (four) helped even out the average.


1. Taylor Girard (F) Connecticut Whale (via BUF) (Quinnipiac University / Macomb, MI)
2. Emilie Harley (D) Buffalo Beauts (via CTW) (Robert Morris University / Syracuse, NY)
3. Maegan Beres (F) Toronto Six (via BOS) (Boston College / Vancouver, BC)
4. Tatum Skaggs (F) Toronto Six (Ohio State University / Hartland, WI)
5. Taylor Davison (D) Toronto Six (via MET) (York University / Oakville, ON)
6. Mak Langei (D) Minnesota Whitecaps (Bemidji State University / East Grand Forks, MN)
7. Anjelica Diffendal (F) Buffalo Beauts (Robert Morris University / Pittsburgh, PA)
8. Emma Polaski (F) Connecticut Whale (Syracuse University / Morristown, NJ)
9. Annie MacDonald (F) Toronto Six (via BOS) (Princeton University / Fall River, NS)
10. Rachel Marmen (D) Toronto Six (Mercyhurst University / Oakville, ON)
11. Caroline Ross (D) Metropolitan Riveters (Colgate University / Rochester, NY)
12. Tina Kampa (D) Minnesota Whitecaps (Bemidji State University / Maple Grove, MN)
13. Kennedy Ganser (F) Buffalo Beauts (University of Alberta / Provost, AB)
14. Anna Zíková (D) Buffalo Beauts (via CTW) (University of Maine / Ceský Tešín, Czech Republic)
15. Missy Segall (F) Buffalo Beauts (via BOS) (Hamilton College / Wellesley, MA)
16. Leah Marino (F) Toronto Six (Robert Morris University / South Lake Tahoe, CA)
17. Julia Scammell (D) Metropolitan Riveters (University of New Hampshire / Truro, NS)
18. Taylor Wente (F) Minnesota Whitecaps (University of Minnesota / Plymouth, MN)
19. Allison Attea (F) Buffalo Beauts (College of the Holy Cross / Buffalo, NY)
20. Hannah Bates (D) Connecticut Whale (St. Cloud State University / Trenton, MI)
21. Finley Frechette (F) Boston Pride (Cornell University / Weston, MA)
22. Olivia Atkinson (F) Toronto Six (Concordia University / Oakville, ON)
23. Jordan Sanislo (D) Metropolitan Riveters (Sacred Heart University / Whippany, NJ)
24. Jenna Brenneman (G) Minnesota Whitecaps (Pennsylvania State University / Eagan, MN)
25. Casey Traill (D) Buffalo Beauts (Castleton University / South Shields, England)
26. Grace Middleton (F) Connecticut Whale (University of New Hampshire / Midland, MI)
27. Abby Nearis (F) Boston Pride (Brown University / Beverly, MA)
28. Daria Tereshkina (D) Toronto Six (University of Maine / Chelyabinsk, Russia)
29. Morgan Schauer (D) Metropolitan Riveters (Long Island University / Cleveland, OH)
30. Kendall Williamson (F) Minnesota Whitecaps (Colgate University / Edina, MN)


Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at

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