The first draftee of 2021 signed today, to the Toronto Six. It was the first round pick, third overall selection, Meagan Beres who signed.
Here is what I wrote on draft night:
3- Toronto Six – F Meagan Beres, Boston College
The first of three consecutive picks for the Six, the forward hails from North Vancouver, BC. She played 4 years of college hockey, all at Boston College. She was captain of the team during her senior campaign. In the 132 games played, she scored 8 goals and added 30 assists for a total of 38 points.
You can also check out the full press release here:
TORONTO SIX SIGN THIRD OVERALL DRAFT PICK MAEGAN BERES
by Justin Levine
Toronto, ON- A day after making history with eight selections in the 2021 NWHL Draft, the Toronto Six officially signed top pick Maegan Beres to a 2021-22 contract. The forward was also the top Canadian chosen third overall in the annual selection process and is the club’s seventh player to sign a contract for the league’s seventh season.
“I’m extremely excited to join an organization that allows me to help pave the way for the next generations of girls, while furthering my athletic career,” she said. “I can’t wait to play with The Six in the NWHL and continue to grow the game.”
Beres is a product of Boston College, where she served as captain her Senior year, having spent four seasons in Division I hockey. There, she amassed 38 points over 132 collegiate contests. The 21-year-old North Vancouver, BC native is notorious for her shot blocking ability, having ranked ninth overall in the category across Hockey East with 32 shot blocks in 2020-21. She achieved this after tying for ninth in the nation among forwards with 47 blocks as a junior.
“We were delighted to sign a player of the character of Meagan Beres, the captain at Boston College,” said Digit Murphy, President of the Toronto Six. “After talking with her coach, Katie King Crowley, one of the all time greats at Brown ’97, I was convinced that Maegan is someone who will fit into our culture! As a two-way player, she will add value and depth to our forward corps. We’re looking forward to welcoming her to the franchise for Season 7.”
Prior to her collegiate career, Beres, who stands at five-foot-seven, played with NAHA White in the Junior Women’s Hockey League. A premiere league for girls development in North America, Beres, in 56 games played, recorded 34 points on 14 goals and 20 assists.
Following a three-game playoff run to conclude her junior career, Beres made her first appearance on the national stage, being named by Hockey Canada to the U18 World Championship. That’s where she skated in five games en route to a silver medal in Přerov and Zlín, Czech Republic.
After her Sophomore season in 2018-19, she received an invitation to take part in Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Development Team camp.
“Maegan Beres is a great person and player. She works her tail off and does the little things that mean a lot to your team,” said Katie King-Crowley, Head Coach of the BC Eagles women’s hockey team. “Maegan will sacrifice to block shots, lead the penalty kill and will do many other intangible things on and off the ice. She is a great leader and teammate who will be fantastic on the locker room.”
Ecstatic to head back home to compete at the highest level, Beres is grateful to keep playing and can’t wait for Season 7.
“I couldn’t be more excited to play for the Six under some of the greatest female hockey ambassadors, and to grow the game for future generations.”
Congratulations and welcome to the NWHL!
It was announced, that the funding for the Division 1 Men’s and Women’s hockey programs of Robert Morris University was cut. Here is the statement from RMU:
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