Some big news coming out of Minnesota today, as the Whitecaps signed a trio of players today. Forward Stephanie Anderson, forward Lisa Martinson, and their Captain, defender Winny Brodt Brown.
Stephanie Anderson played in 22 games for the Whitecaps last season. She scored 4 goals and added 6 assists for a total of 10 points on the year. She will be returning for her second year with the Whitecaps.
Lisa Martinson will be returning for her third year with the team. She played 3 games in 2018-19, tallying 1 assist. The next season, she played 18 games, in which she scored once and added 7 assists for 8 points on the season.
Winny Brodt Brown has played 34 total games as a Whitecaps defender in the NWHL, she has tallied 6 assists in that time. In Minnesota’s first year in the league, she captained the team to the Isobel Cup Championship and won the title.
Her hockey resume is as good as it gets. She played 4 years of college hockey, her first year way back in 1997-98 with the University of New Hampshire. She played 39 games there, scoring 11 goals and adding 23 assists for a total of 34 points. She transferred to the University of Minnesota, where she would play 85 games for the program, tallying 41 goals and adding an additional 93 assists for a grand total of 134 points. Her point totals put her at 24th all time points in the programs history.
In addition, she played for the United States National Team, representing them during the World Championships in 1999 and 2000, winning the silver medal twice! In the 10 games she played for the National Team, she tallied 5 assists.
After college, she would play for the Minnesota Whitecaps when they were a part of the WWHL. From 2004-05 to 2010-11, she would play 107 games for the team. She would score 22 goals in that span and add 57 assists for a grand total of 79 points. Also during that time, she would become a 3 time WWHL champion!
Six Name Coach
In Other NWHL news today, this time coming out of Toronto. The Six have officially named their head coach going into the season. It is none other than Margaret “Digit” Murphy.
Digit Murphy has had some playing experience in her career, playing college hockey for 4 years at Cornell University, from 1979-80 to 1982-83.
She then would take up coaching, where she would get her first job at Brown University in 1989-90, where she would coach for 22 years and finish in 2010-11. She would then go on to coach the Boston Blades of the CWHL for the next 3 seasons. In 2017-18, she would then coach the Kunlun Red Stars of the CWHL as well. After that, she would coach the China U18s and then China’s World Champion team. Earlier this year, she was named Team President of the Toronto Six, and now she’ll take up the reigns as coach.
TXHT will continue to provide NWHL coverage as more signings and news are announced.