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.
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