NWHL 2019-20 Awards Recap

With the 2019-20 regular season completed for the NWHL, it is time to announce this season’s award winners.


NWHL Foundation Award

  • Lexi Bender (Boston Pride)
  • Jordan Brickner (Connecticut Whale)
  • Rebecca Morse (Metropolitan Riveters)
  • Emma Ruggiero (Buffalo Beauts)
  • Allie Thunstrom (Minnesota Whitecaps)

2020 Foundation


NWHL Fan’s Three Stars

  • Amanda Leveille (Minnesota Whitecaps)
  • Marie-Jo Pelletier (Buffalo Beauts)
  • Brooke Wolejko (Connecticut Whale)

2020 Fan 3 Stars


Newcomer of the Year

  • Kate Leary (Metropolitan Riveters)
    • Leary would record 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points which would tie for first amongst all newcomers this season. Leary also set the Riveters franchise record for goals in a season, and second highest scoring season in franchise history.

2020 Newcomer


Goaltender of the Year

  • Lovisa Selander (Boston Pride)
    • Selander would lead all NWHL goaltenders with 17 wins, a .941 save percentage, and a 1.71 goals aggainst average to help led the Pride to a near perfect season. Selander’s 17 wins also sets an NWHL single season record for most wins by a goalie.

2020 Goalie


Defender of the Year

  • Kaleigh Fratkin (Boston Pride)
    • Fratkin would place second amongst blue liners with 3 goals and 20 assists for 23 points in 24 games played this season, which would also rank as the second highest scoring season by a defender in NWHL history. Fratkin would also become the first defender to reach 60 career NWHL points.

2020 Defender


Most Valuable Player

  • Jillian Dempsey (Boston Pride)
    • Dempsey would lead the MWHL in scoring with 40 points (17g, 23a), and became the first player in NWHL history to reach 40 points in an NWHL season. Dempsey would also record 15 multi-point games, and a point in 21 of her 24 games played.
  • Allie Thunstrom (Minnesota Whitecaps)
    • Thunstrom would establish a new NWHL record with 24 goals in a season, and would finish second in the league in scoring with 36 points in 24 games played. Thunstrom would record 19 of her 24 goals at even strength (another NWHL record), and recorded nine multi-point games this season.

2020 MVP


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