NWHL News – A Week’s Worth of Signings

This week in the National Women’s Hockey League another 2020 draft pick has signed for the upcoming season, as well as the leading scorer in NWHL history.


3rd Overall Signs

  • On Monday, May 4th the Buffalo Beauts signed the 3rd overall pick of the 2020 NWHL Draft goaltender Carly Jackson for the 2020-21 season.

  • Jackson spent her college career at the University of Maine where she established new records in wins (45), goals against average (2.15), save percentage (.923%), and shutouts (12).
  • Jackson was announced by Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine during the NWHL Draft.


The All Time Leading Scorer Returns

  • On Tuesday, May 5th the Boston Pride re-signed the all time leading scorer in NWHL history as Jillian Dempsey returns for her sixth season.

  • Dempsey led the League with 23 assists and 40 points as she captained the Pride to a 23-1-0 regular season.
  • An NWHL Original, Dempsey has recorded 46 goals and 52 assists for 98 points in 91 career regular season games.


Whale Sign 2nd Round Pick of 2020 Draft

  • On Wednesday the Connecticut Whale signed their 2nd Round Pick in the 2020 NWHL Draft defender Tori Howran.

  • Howran, the seventh overall selection of the 2020 NWHL Draft, was the captain at the University of New Hampshire as she would be a standout defender, and would record two goals and 20 assists for 22 points in 27 games to rank second on the team in scoring.


Toronto Continues to Build

  • On Thursday May 7th the new Toronto franchise signed their seventh player as forward Sarah-Eve Coutu-Godbout has signed for the 2020-21 NWHL season.

  • Coutu-Godbout stated on the Quinnipiac team website that she planned to play in the NWHL, and that’s become a reality with her signing with the new Toronto franchise.
  • During her Quinnipiac playing career Coutu-Godbout would lead the team with 16 goals, and her 26 points made her second on the team in scoring during the 2019-20 season.


Rivs Sign 4th Overall Pick

  • Also on Thursday it was annoumced that the Metropolitan Riveters signed their 2020 first round pick defender Saroya Tinker for the 2020-21 season.

  • Tinker is a smooth skating defender, and with Yale this past season would play in all 32 games where she would record a goal and 11 assists.


Pride Sign Trio

  • On Friday May 8th the Boston Pride re-signed a trio of defenders in Mallory Souliotis, Lauren Kelly, and Jenna Rheault.

  • Kelly, who is returning for her third season with the Pride, recorded two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 23 games played.
  • Souliotis ranked second amongst Pride defenders with two goals and 16 assists for 18 points in 22 games played. She would also have a plus/minus rating of +29 during the 2019-20 season.
  • Rheault, the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NWHL Draft recorded a goal and five assists with a +14 rating in her rookie season with the Pride this past season.



TXHT will continue to provide NWHL coverage as more signings and news are announced.


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