WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Seven skaters with Hockey East ties were selected in the 2021 National Women’s Hockey League Entry Draft, as announced last night. A full list of those players can be found below.
Boston College forward Maegan Beres (Whistler, B.C.) was selected by the Toronto Six with third overall pick in the NWHL Entry Draft, the first of three consecutive picks for the Six in the first round. In total, 45 Hockey East alumnae have been chosen in the NWHL Entry Draft, including a record 11 in 2017 and nine in 2020. A total of 30 recent college graduates were selected in 2021 by the league’s six member clubs over a five-round process. Each pick was introduced live on Twitch for the first time in league history.
In 2020, Boston University’s Sammy Davis was picked with the first overall selection, making Boston University is now the only school to have the first overall pick in the entry drafts of the NWHL, CWHL, (2016 - Kayla Tutino, Boston Blades), and the NHL (2000 - Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders.) Davis was the third player from Hockey East to be selected first overall in the NWHL Draft, following a pair of Boston College Eagles in Alex Carpenter in 2015 and Katie Burt in 2017.
The six NWHL teams competing in the league’s seventh season include the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the newest expansion team, the Toronto Six, which began play last year.
The Boston Pride won the 2021 Isobel Cup, supported by 15 players with Hockey East ties.
|Hockey East Players Selected in the 2021 NWHL Draft|
|1||3||Maegan Beres||Toronto Six||F||Boston College|
|2||11||Caroline Ross||Metropolitan Riveters||D||Boston College/Colgate|
|3||14||Anna Zikova||Buffalo Beauts||D||Maine|
|3||17||Julia Scammell||Metropolitan Riveters||D||New Hampshire|
|4||19||Allison Attea||Buffalo Beauts||D||Holy Cross|
|5||25||Grace Middleton||Connecticut Whale||F||New Hampshire|
|5||28||Daria Tereshkina||Toronto Six||D||Maine|
ABOUT HOCKEY EAST: The Hockey East Association is an 11-team Division I college men’s hockey conference founded in 1984 and a 10-team Division I women’s league which began play in 2002-03. The men’s league has won 10 NCAA championships in the past 27 years, most recently in 2021. Since 1999, Hockey East has won eight men’s NCAA Championships with 17 NCAA Championship Game appearances, while placing 28 teams in the Frozen Four and 74 teams in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, Hockey East has sent 118 teams to the men’s NCAA Tournament since its inaugural season, more than any other conference in that span. Hockey East is home to 11 Hobey Baker winners and four Patty Kazmaier winners.